About Rick Dolphijn

Rick Dolphijn is a writer and a philosopher. He is Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities, and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities, both at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He is interested in “new materialism” a fresh wind in philosophy closely linked to ecosophy, process thought and perhaps in some ways also to speculative realism. He is continuously inspired by contemporary art and performance. Together with Iris van der Tuin he wrote a book entitled "New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies" (published with Open Humanities Press in the series New Metaphysics (ed by Bruno Latour and Graham Harman)) Tuin in which they systematically set out how the “new tradition” called new materialism is situated in philosophy, in the sciences and in the arts. He is finishing a book which is more experimental and which deals with the urgency of this new form of thinking, entitled (for now) "Matter of Life: an ecosophy of earth culture health". This book also links to his latest project which is all about ecosophy/ecology, sustainability and the recovery of a continental naturalism. Deleuze and Guattari both play a crucial role in this.

Architectures of Life and Death

Annual Deleuze Scholarship Conference #8

TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

May 21, 2019

 

Conveners:

Dr.ir. A. Radman and Dr.ir. S. Kousoulas (Architecture Theory, TU Delft)

Guest Speakers:

Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University) and Prof. Andrew Ballantyne (Newcastle University)

Exhibition & Performance:

Renske van Dam (KU Leuven)

 

Conference Theme

 

Humanity is that form of psycho-social life which, by means of the non-living artefacts that support it and found its historicity, extends bio-psychic animal life of which the non-living condition is not yet the artefact but simple apoptosis (‘cellular suicide’), and whose origin is a third form of ‘non-life’: the chemical non-living (Barthélémy, “Du mort qui saisit le vif”, 2007).

 

Throughout his working life Deleuze devoted a great deal of time to rethinking ‘ways to die’ and the focus intensified in the period leading to his death. It was explicitly addressed in his final text, which is key to understanding that Deleuze’s affirmative vitalism, or his emphasis on life and joy, should not be confused with the so-called search for happiness. Enduring the pain, or living the wound, means, especially in our times, that we must thoroughly rethink death, pain and madness. These issues are especially relevant for posthuman subjects situated between the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Sixth Extinction, in the context of the Anthropocene and climate change, rising populism, growing poverty and inequality. How does Deleuze’s ethics help us organise rather than agonise in the face of these challenges?

 

The participants of the Architectures of Life and Death conference will examine both the structures and operations of what is alive in matter and ‘non-living’ in life. We start from the assertion that life extends beyond its merely biological aspects through the non-living artefacts that support it and, at times, oppose it. If an artefact, and its capacity for creating a life, is conceptualised on the basis of its interventionist and manipulative agency, then the very concept of technology – the production and control of artefacts – can surpass the binaries of social and material, human and non-human, living and non-living. The animate has always been utterly dependent on the inanimate. Driven by the Foucauldian attitude of subsuming architectural history into a general history of techne, the conference will examine how the built environment and its technicities produce a style for living and dying that may take place simultaneously. In doing so, we embrace Guattari’s claim from his “Architectural Enunciation”

 

Once it is no longer the goal of the architect to be the artist of built forms but to offer his services in revealing the virtual desires of spaces, places, trajectories and territories, he will have to (…) become an artist and an artisan of sensible and relational lived experience (Guattari, Schizoanalytic Cartographies, 1989).

 

Guattari urges us to understand architecture as a practice devoted to the processes of subjectification. If architecture does not produce spaces but subjects, then it is no longer a discourse on design styles. Rather, it becomes the producer of styles to live and styles to die, beyond good and evil or any such Manichean binaries. The only viable distinction is the one between active and reactive subjects. Namely, those who follow a becoming that connects them to the becoming of a world, and those who constantly retreat to segmentarity, to the reassurance of established givens and limits. Consequently, there are two types of subjects precisely because there are two types of deaths. A subject can nest into its idiocy and make itself more and more rigid and progressively smaller, or it can let itself dissipate until its disappearance. The way that one styles one’s dissolution is not merely determined by the inevitability of entropy but by the expressionism of becoming. It is possible that by examining the ways architecture plunges into the infinity of experience – how it confronts chaos – will teach us how to die without dying.

 

 

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Berlagezaal I

10:45 – 11:00 Welcome and intro by A. Radman and S. Kousoulas

11:00 – 11:45 Opening Keynote Lecture by A. Ballantyne

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break

BK Expo

12:00 – 12:45 Exhibition & Performance by R.M. van Dam

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break

Berlagezaal II

13:45 – 16:15 Roundtable Discussion

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break

Berlagezaal I

16:15 – 17:00 Closing Keynote Lecture by R. Braidotti

Berlagezaal II

17:00 – 18:00 Drinks

Deadline for the submission of abstracts:

 

Abstracts of no more than 500 words containing name and affiliation, contact info, 5 keywords and a 100-word bioblurb to be submitted by February 1st, 2019.

 

Please send your proposal in Word format to arch.life.death@gmail.com (subject: AOLD – Submission).

 

Paper notifications: Acceptances will be notified by March 1st, 2019.

 

A number of accepted papers will be selected for publication with Rowman and Littlefield (eds. A. Radman and S. Kousoulas).

 

Admission: Free.

 

For updates kindly visit https://www.tudelft.nl/en/architecture-and-the-built-environment/about-the-faculty/departments/architecture/organisation/chairs/architecture-theory/research-publications/architectures-of-life-and-death/

 

 

 

short version for the web

 

Call for Papers

ARCHITECTURES OF LIFE AND DEATH

Event: The Eight Annual Lowlands Deleuze Scholarship Conference

Time: 21 May 2019.

Place: TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, The Netherlands

Keynotes: Andrew Ballantyne and Rosi Braidotti

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: February 1st, 2019

For details kindly visit https://www.tudelft.nl/en/architecture-and-the-built-environment/about-the-faculty/departments/architecture/organisation/chairs/architecture-theory/research-publications/architectures-of-life-and-death/

‘Deleuze: Thinking without Grounding’, Lecture David Lapoujade at Erasmus University Rotterdam Wed 17th of Oktober

On Wednesday 17th of Oktober  2018, at 16h-17h30 Room Theil C1-4, Erasmus University Rotterdam. David Lapoujade will give a talk entitled ‘Deleuze: Thinking without Grounding’

David Lapoujade (born in 1964) is a French philosopher and a professor at the Université Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne. In addition to editing the posthumous collections of Deleuze’s writings, Desert Islands and Two Regimes of Madness (both published in English by Semiotext(e)), he has written on pragmatism and the work of William James.

MATTERS OF LIFE and DEATH

MATTERS OF LIFE and DEATH

Prof. Rosi Braidotti & Dr. Rick Dolphijn

Deleuze Seminar 2018-2019

Academic year 2018-2019
Time: Tuesday afternoons, 13.00-16.00
Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn, Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University.
Organised by: The OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap)
Convened by: Professor Rosi Braidotti with Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University) For more information about Deleuze seminars and other activities please consult the website of the Deleuze Circle: https://deleuzecircle.wp.hum.uu.nl/

PRESENTATION OF THE YEAR’S THEME

The focus of this year’s seminar will be on Deleuze’s approach to death, pain and madness, under the combined influence of psychanalysis, notably Melanie Klein, and the works of Maurice Blanchot and Spinoza. We will study and discuss the relationship between Deleuze’s neo-materialist, vital ethics of affirmation and its implications for complex issues around the lived experiences of pain, madness, resistance, suffering and dying. How does the neo-Spinozist notion of endurance foster the project of constructing an affirmative ethics? How can one live an affirmative ethical life and endure the pain?

Throughout his working life, Deleuze devoted spent a lot of time rethinking ‘ways to die’. This emphasis intensified towards the end of his life and was addressed explicitly in his final text. It is key to understand that Deleuze’s affirmative vitalism or his emphasis on life and joy does not mean that Deleuze’s thinking is about happiness or a search for a happy life. Enduring the pain, or living the wound, means, especially in our times, that we have to rethink issues like death, pain and madness thoroughly.

These issues are especially relevant for posthuman subjects situated between the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Sixth Extinction? In the brutal context of the Anthropocene and climate change, of rising populism, growing poverty and inequality? How does Deleuze’s ethics help us to deal affirmatively with these challenges?

To discuss these crucial issues in a balanced manner, the seminar will also look at some of the most common objections moved against affirmative ethics and try to assess them. It will also connect ideas like affirmation and endurance to the philosophical tradition of neo-stoicism, and to Deleuze’s re-reading of it.

Always starting from the active participation of all of its participants, this close reading seminar aims at making Deleuze’s ideas productive in many (unforeseen) aspects of academic research and artistic practice. This means we aim (jointly) to include your research projects in close reading. Thus, we find out how Deleuze’s take on death, madness, destruction, the Stoic tradition, the non-human and whatever we read in these texts, matters in the world today.

We are delighted that the annual Deleuze symposium will return to Delft in May 2019 and will focus on Life and Death in Architecture.

Format:

The seminar consists of 9 three-hour sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2018-2019 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers. Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available.

Requirements for credits (RMA students only):

RMA students are welcome to join the seminar throughout the year, and there are two ways to make this a credit bearing course (via the OSL):


2 EC (no grade, only pass or fail):

Attendance and active participation in 4 seminars 


Preparation of readings of 4 seminars 


Short presentation during seminar session 


 

5 EC (grade, based on presentation and paper 30/70): 


Attendance and active participation in 5 seminars 


Preparation of readings of 5 seminars 


Short presentation during seminar session 


Paper (2500 words) 


 

Please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to Professor Braidotti’s assistant, gw.braidottiass@uu.nl. If you are an RMA student and this is a credit bearing course for you, register at the Onderzoeksschool Literatuurwetenschappen (OSL) via Paul Koopman; osl-fgw@uva.nl

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

SESSION 1:

ASSESSING AFFIRMATIVE ETHICS and VITAL POLITICS
(Braidotti & Dolphijn)
18 September 2018
The opening session will focus on listing and discussing the most frequently raised objections to the project of affirmative ethics. Participants are invited to bring their own counter-texts and counter-arguments and to present them, so that we can set up a level playing field for the next sessions. The basic reference texts are listed below.

Reading material:


– Deleuze, Gilles. 1988. Ch.2: “On Difference between the Ethics and a

Morality”; Ch. 3: “The Letters on Evil” (correspondence with Blyenbergh);

–  Ch. 6: “Spinoza and Us”. In: Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1988. (Originally published in 1970, by Presses Universitaires de France.) 


–  R. Braidotti: Nomadic Theory, New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. Ch. 11: “Sustainable Ethics and the Body in Pain”: 299-324. 


–  R. Braidotti: Tanners Lectures 2017: https://tannerlectures.utah.edu/Manuscript%20for%20Tanners%20Foundation %20Final%20Oct%201.pdf 


 

SESSION 2: REGIMES of MADNESS and the QUARREL with PSYCHOANALYSIS
(Braidotti & Dolphijn)
9 October 2018 
Reading Material: 


–  Gilles Deleuze: Proust and Signs. Conclusion to part 2: “Presence and 
Function of Madness”; “The Spider”. 


–  Gilles Deleuze: Two Regimes of Madness Chapters 1 “Two Regimes of 
Madness” and Chapter 2: “Schizophrenia and Society”. 


–  Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Anti-Oedipus, Chapter 2: “Psychoanalysis 
and Familialism: the Holy Family”; section 1 “The imperialism of Oedipus”; section 2 “Three texts by Freud”; section 6 “A Recapitulation of the three syntheses”; section 7 “Social repression and psychic repression”; section 8 “Neurosis and psychosis”; section 9 “The Process”. 


 

SESSION 3: MASOCHISM and the QUARREL with PSYCHOANALYSIS (Braidotti & Dolphijn)
27 November 2018
Reading material: 


–  Gilles Deleuze: Masochism. Coldness and Cruelty. Zone Books, New York, 1991. 


–  Jean Laplanche: Life and Death in Psychoanalysis, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1976. Chapter 1: “The Order of Life and the Genesis of Human Sexuality” and Chapter 5: “Aggressiveness and Masochism”. 


 

SESSION 4: WHY THE DEATH DRIVE ? (Braidotti & Dolphijn)
18 December 2018
Reading Material:

–  Braidotti, R. Transpositions, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2006. Chapter 5 “Transcendence. Transposing death” 


–  Laplanche: Life and Death in Psychoanalysis, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1976. Chapter 6: “Why the death drive?”. 


 

SESSION 5: SPINOZA ON DEATH (Braidotti & Dolphijn)
22 January 2019
Reading Material: 


– Gilles Deleuze: Lemma on Death In: Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1988. (Originally published in 1970, by Presses Universitaires de France.). 


–  Gilles Deleuze: Expressionism in Philosophy, New York: Zone Books, 1992. Ch. 15: “The Three orders and the Problem of Evil” 


–  G. Lloyd: Part of Nature, Cornell University Press, 1996. Chapter IV on “Intuitive Knowledge and the Eternity of the Mind”. 


 

SESSION 6: THE LEGACY OF STOICISM (Braidotti & Dolphijn)
19 February 2019
Reading Material:

–  Michel Foucault.: The Hermeneutics of the Self, chapters 22, 23, 24; pp. 437-477 on stoicism 


–  Gilles Deleuze: Logic of Sense. London: Athlon Press, 1990. 18th Series Of the Three Images of Philosophers” and
19th Series Of Humor
20th Series On the Moral Problem in Stoic Philosophy 


–  Sellars, J. (2006): “An Ethics of the Event. Deleuze’s Stoicism”. Angelaki 11:3, 157-171 


 

SESSION 7: EXPERIMENTING with INTENSITY: THE SECOND LAST STEP (Braidotti & Dolphijn)
26 March 2019
Reading Material: 


–  Gilles Deleuze: Logic of Sense. London: Athlone Press, 1990. 21st Series Of the Event
22nd Series Porcelain and Volcano
23rd Series Of the Aion 


–  Braidotti, R. Transpositions, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2006 Chapter 5 “Transcendence. Transposing death” 


–  Dan Smith: “A Life of Pure Immanence, Deleuze’s Critique and Clinique Project”, Introduction” to Gilles Deleuze: Essays Clinical and Critical 


 

SESSION 8: TWO SUICIDE NOTES (Braidotti)
23 April 2019
Reading Material: 


–  Woolf, V. On Being Ill. Richmond, Hogarth Press, 1930. 


–  Virginia Woolf’s suicide note 


–  Gilles Deleuze: Pure Immanence: Essays on A life. New York: Zone 
Books, 2001. 


 

ANNUAL DELEUZE SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE #8 21 May 2019
ARCHITECTURES OF LIFE AND DEATH
TU Delft, May 21, 2019 
Conveners: Dr.ir. Andrej Radman and Dr.ir. Stavros Kousoulas (More details to follow) 


 

Deleuze & How to Live the Anti-Fascist Life and Endure the Pain

 

Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn

Deleuze Seminar 2017-2018

 

Academic year 2017-2018

Time: Wednesday afternoons, 13.00-16.00

Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn, Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht

University.

Organised by: the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for

the Humanities at Utrecht University

Convened by:  Professor Rosi Braidotti with Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University) and student working groups (Discussion group “The Joyful Nomads”,…)

For more information about Deleuze seminars and other activities please consult the website of the Deleuze Circle: https://deleuzecircle.wp.hum.uu.nl/

 

Registration: please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to Paul Koopman, 

osl-fgw@uva.nl and Professor Braidotti’s assistant: gw.braidottiass@uu.nl.  

 

Format

The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2017-2018 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers.

 

Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available.

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

 

 

SESSION 1: Introduction to the non-fascist Life

(Braidotti & Dolphijn)

13 September 2017

 

Reading material:

  • Braidotti, R. 2016. “Don’t Agonise, Organise!” E-Flux

https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/rosi-braidotti-don-t-agonize-organize/5294

  • Preface to Anti-Oedipus by Michel Foucault.
  • Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Fascism”

 

 

SESSION 2: The Despotic State Machine

(Braidotti & Dolphijn)

11 October 2017

 

Reading Material:

  • Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari 1983 Anti-Oedipus. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (Originally published in 1972, by Les Editions de Minuit, Paris.). Chapter 3: “Savages, Barbarians Civilized Men”:
    • section 6: “The barbarian despotic machine”: p. 191-200;
    • section 9: “The civilized capitalist machine” and section 10: “Capitalist Representation”: p. 222-262

 

 

SESSION 3: Micropolitics

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

8 November 2017

 

Reading material:

  • Deleuze and Guattari: “9 Micropolitics and segmentary”, A Thousand Plateaus, trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987: p. 208-231.
  • Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Micropolitics”
  • Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Stratification”
  • Guattari: ‘Everybody wants to be a Fascist’, in: Lotringer, Sylvère (ed.) Chaosophy, Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), pp. 154-175 and 225-251.

 

 

 


SESSION 4: The Desire for a Strong Leader

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

 13 December 2017

 

Reading Material:

 

 

SESSION 5: The Over-coding of Flows

(Student Working Group 1 presents)

14/21 February 2018

 

Reading Material:

  • The War machine (12: 1227: Treatise on Nomadology – the War Machine 351-387 (part I)

 

 

SESSION 6: Micro-Fascism and Fascist Desire

(Student Working Group 2 presents)

21 March 2018

 

Reading Material:

  • The War machine (12: 1227: Treatise on Nomadology – the War Machine 387-424 (part II)

 

 

SESSION 7: Segmentarity

(Braidotti & The Joyful Nomads?)

11 April 2018

 

Reading Material:

  • special issue of E-Flux #83 (June 2016) – 9 articles

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/83/

  • Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Desire”

 

 


SESSION 8:  International Deleuze Studies Day in Utrecht  

16 May 2018

 

 

SESSION 9: Deleuze and Us

13 June 2018

 

Reading Material:

  • Braidotti: Nomadic Theory, ch. 11: “Sustainable Ethics and the Body in Pain”: 299-324.
  • Deleuze, Gilles. 1988. “Ch.2: On Difference between the Ethics and a Morality;
  • 3: The Letters on Evil (correspondence with Blyenbergh);
  • 6: Spinoza and Us”. In: Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Francisco: City Lights Books. (Originally published in 1970, by Presses Universitaires de France.)

 

 

SESSION 10: Final Presentation of all Projects

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

 

 

Tutorial Deleuze and the Arts: the Wound

Deleuze on “the Wound” in and through the Arts

Tutorial

Dr Rick Dolphijn

Humanities, Utrecht University

r.dolphijn@uu.nl

(send me a PM if you want to join)

 

Blok 3 2016/7

 

In Logique du Sense in particular, Deleuze’s theory of the event is very much connected to the idea of “the wound”. The wound is crucial in connecting life and death and tells us a lot about how ‘performance’ works (how performance brings death into life, how immanence finds itself at the extreme end of a history of the wound and its future). Also, together with concepts like ‘the cut’ and ‘the break’, the wound seems to tell us a lot about how the arts work, and how the arts (body art, theatre, cinema) are linked to thought. In this tutorial we will focus on how Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) conceptualizes the wound throughout his writings on the arts in particular. In a series of close reading sessions, our aim is to get a grip on this part of his theory of time and to see in what way it can help us understand the currents of today.

 

The sessions will last for 2 hours each and take place on Wednesday.

 

Readings:

March 8 1100-1300: LoS Twenty First Series of the Event

March 15 1100-1300: AO Introduction to Schizoanalysis part 4: The First Positive Task of Schizoanalysis (AO. 322-339)

March 22 1100-1300: C2 Chapter 7 Thought and Cinema part 2 (164-173)

March 29 1100-1300: Immanence, A Life…

 

Room to be announced.

All texts can be found online, in libraries, but preferably, on your bookshelves.

Deleuze Seminar: Deleuze and Fascism

Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn 

Academic year 2016-2017 
Time: Tuesday afternoons, 13.00-16.00 
Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn, Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University. 
Organised by: the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University 
Convened by: Professor Rosi Braidotti with Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University) and guest speakers (Maria Hlavajova, Andrej Radman, Katrin Thiele…) 
For more information about Deleuze seminars and other activities please consult the website of the Deleuze Circle:https://deleuzecircle.wp.hum.uu.nl/ 
Registration: please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to Paul Koopman, osl-fgw@uva.nl and Professor Braidotti’s assistant: gw.braidottiass@uu.nl. 
Format 
The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2016-17 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers. 
Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available. 
Abbreviations of key Deleuze and Guattari texts: 
ATP: A Thousand Plateaus 
WIP: What is Philosophy? 
N: Nietzsche and Philosophy 
Cinema: volume 1 and 2 
Desert Islands 
Two Regimes 
DRAFT SEMINAR PROGRAMME 
SESSION 1: Introduction to the non-fascist Life 
(Braidotti) 
4 October 
Reading material: 
– Preface to Anti-Oedipus by Michel Foucault. 
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Fascism”
SESSION 2: How Much Fascism? 
(Braidotti with Maria Hlavajova) 
1 November , 2016 
How Much Fascism, was an exhibition that took place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in 29012. 
The exhibition engages in a dialogue with a provocative claim made by Slovenian sociologist, literary theorist, translator, and political activist Rastko Močnik in his collection of texts titled How Much Fascism? (1995). Močnik suggests that we no longer need to ask ourselves whether “new local populism, new “fascism,” [and] “new right-wing extremism” drive the contemporary condition, but rather, how much they drive that condition. We must attend not only to the open manifestations of fascism, though we witness more and more of such instances and one needs to ponder how societies that permit and tolerate such phenomena still “qualify” as democracies. More importantly, WHW suggest, “we need to turn our attention to the silent fascism that is becoming normalized through the systematic violence seeping into the laws and everyday administration practices of the nation-state, and to assess the mechanisms of oppression and the various symptoms of contemporary fascism that are being presented as unavoidable, pragmatic necessities.” In sync with these thoughts, the artists in the exhibition inquire about the possibility of art vis-à-vis such circumstances and invest in the cognitive power of art and the potential within the aesthetic experience of questioning reality. 
Reading Material: 
– How Much Fascism? (BAK publication)
SESSION 3: The Despotic State Machine 
(Braidotti and Dolphijn) 
20 December, 2016 
Reading Material: 
– Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari 1983 Anti-Oedipus. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (Originally published in 1972, by Les Editions de Minuit, Paris.).
Chapter 3: Savages, Barbarians Civilized men; section 9: “The civilized capitalist machine” and section 10: “Capitalist Representation”.
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Stratification”
SESSION 4: The Desire for a Strong Leader 
(Braidotti and Dolphijn) 
17 January, 2017 
Reading Material: 
– AO: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; Chapter 1 The Desiring Machines, section 1: “Desiring-production’ 
– AO: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; Chapter 3: Savages, Barbarians Civilized men; section 6: “The barbarian despotic machine”
SESSION 5: The Over-coding of flows 
(Braidotti and Dolphijn) 
14 February, 2017 
Reading Material: 
– Desert Islands -On Capitalism and Desire 262-273 
– AO: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; Chapter 3: Savages, Barbarians Civilized men; section 8: “The Urstaat” 
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Bodies without organs”
SESSION 6: Micro-Fascism and Fascist Desire 
(Thiele) 
7 March, 2016 
Reading Material: 
– Guattari: ‘Everybody wants to be a Fascist’, in: Lotringer, Sylvère (ed.) Chaosophy, Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), pp. 154-175 and 225-251. 
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Micropolitics” 
– ATP- 1933: Micropolitics and Segmentarity, 208-232.
SESSION 7: Segmentarity 
(Radman) 
18 April , 2017 
Reading Material: 
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Desire” 
– Koolhaas, Rem, “Field Trip A(A) Memoir”, in S,M,L,XL (New York: Monacelli Press, 1995), 215-233. 
– ATP- 1933: Micropolitics and Segmentarity, 208-232.
MAY 17-18, 2017, ANNUAL NATIONAL DELEUZE SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE 
The conference will be held at ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design, Hulsmaatstraat 35, 7523 WB Enschede 
more details below 
SESSION 8: Affirmative Ethics 
(Braidotti and Dolphijn) 
6 June, 2017 
Reading Material: 
– Deleuze, Gilles. 1988. “Ch.2: On Difference between the Ethics and a Morality; 
– Ch. 3: The Letters on Evil (correspondence with Blyenbergh); 
– Ch. 6: Spinoza and Us”. In: Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Francisco: City Lights Books. (Originally published in 1970, by Presses Universitaires de France.)
MAY 17-18, 2017, ANNUAL NATIONAL DELEUZE SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE 
ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design, Hulsmaatstraat 35, 7523 WB Enschede 
The Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference is a conference intended to bring together scholars, students, activists, artists, and others working on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. All presentations will be held in English. 
Each year, the conference is hosted at a different university in the Netherlands. In the academic year 2016-17 the conference is organized by ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design, in Enschede. 
This year the conference will be calles: THE GRIN WITHOUT A CAT. 
For more details see http://deleuze.artez.nl/

 

AKI Deleuze Cluster

See also: http://aki-movingimage.blogspot.be/p/blog-page.html

On the 17. and 18. May 2017, the AKI Academy of Art and Design, University of the Arts ArtEZ will host the Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference THE GRIN WITHOUT A CAT. Each year one university in the Netherlands is chosen to organise this national conference and highlight a specific aspect in the work of Gilles Deleuze.

http://deleuze.artez.nl/ 

This cluster of Deleuze events unites scholars, philosophers, students and artists. The sessions will be startet with the seminar PRACTICING CARE on Monday the 26. September 2016. Invited speakers are Prof. Dr. Julieanna Preston, Filip Dingenen, Dr.ir. Andrej Radman and Dr. Marc Boumeester.

The seminar will be followed up by regular meetings of the Deleuze reading group under the lead of Agnieszka A. Wolodzko. In her programmeDELEUZE’s APPRENTICESHIP she will not only introduce the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (and Félix Guattari), but elaborate on the multiple connections and uncomfortable lines of what drives thinking and creativity.

 

PRACTICING CARE Seminar
Date: Monday 26. Sept. 2016 | Begins: 11.00 h

Key note: Prof. Dr. Julieanna Preston, Massey University, New Zealand Other speakers: Filip Dingenen, LUCA School of Arts in Ghent / Brussels | Dr.ir. Andrej Radman, University of Technology, TU Delft | Dr. Marc Boumeester, AKI Academy of Art and Design.

What is it to practice care, not take care or give care, but establish a respectful relationship with matter, earthly matter, vibrant matter, material stuff? How might one extended to materials the care, the empathy, that humans strive to grant each other without lapsing into appropriation, judgement, servitude, indenture, condescending gestures?

The lecture Practicing Care introduces three recent site-responsive durational performance works that inquire into the nuances of this issue: IN COLD HEAT (2016), water-logged (2016) and bit-u-men-at-work (2015). The art works are informed by feminist philosophy, new materialism and literature on the subject of vitalism.

Julieanna Preston is a Professor of Spatial Practice at The College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand. Her scholarly and creative practice operates across art, architecture, design and performance writing and draws from feminist philosophy, new materialism and discourse on vitalism. See her website www.julieannapreston.space for details and examples of her work.  

 

DELEUZE’s APPRENTICESHIP Reading Group

Date: 10. Oct. 2016 – 01. May 2017 | 10.00 – 13.00  h | Every 2nd Monday
Lecturer: Agnieszka A. Wolodzko

This is not a course on Deleuze’s philosophy but rather about how to think with Deleuze. You will not be taught yet another system what to think and know. If you are looking for yet another tool to master knowledge, these events will disappoint you. Populated by encounters, we will learn together the path of multiple connections, uncomfortable lines of what drives thinking and creativity. Apprenticeship means that you are not to directly, unreflexively apply the concepts of Deleuze’s philosophy on your work, but to problematize it, see what is important for you, for today. We will focus on problems that appear in the process of creative thinking and practice. We will see how philosophical concepts are further generated within creative images, sounds, spaces and movements; and how they immediately generate new people, new forms of thinking. Consequently, we will see how the process of thinking and creation is already a political and ethical act.

Meetings in 2016: 10.10. Introduction: Deleuze’s Demonology | 31.10. Affect | 14.10. Becoming and Creativity | 28.11. Multiplicity and Assemblage | 12.12. Relationality and Movement

Meetings in 2017: 09.01. Knowledge and Learning | 23.01. Collaboration and Friendship | 06.02. Difference and Chaos | 27.02. Experiment and Chance | 13.03. Politics and Resistance | 27.03. Ethics and Sustainability 10.04. Futurity: for-the-people-yet-to-come | 01.05. Conclusion: Preparation for the Conference

This reading group is open to the puplic. To receive more detailed information please register and mail to Agnieszka Anna Wolodzko aawolodzko@gmail.com

THE GRIN WITHOUT A CAT  Conference

Date: 17. and 18. May 2017 

Education in design is about the design of education: what we learn and how we learn are inseparable. Dichotomies such as content and form, figure and ground, or inside and outside serve no useful purpose. It is the task of educators to integrate de-stratification and holistic approaches within pedagogic practices – processes that should include the design of education itself.

More information about call for papers, keynotes and registration will follow shortly. | website: deleuze.artez.nl | contact mail: deleuze@artez.nl

 

All events will be held in English | All  events will take place at ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design, Hulsmaatstraat 35, 7523 WB Enschede

 

Deleuze on Presence in and through the Arts (RMA Tutorial)

Deleuze on Presence in and through the Arts

Tutorial

Rick Dolphijn

Humanities, Utrecht University

r.dolphijn@uu.nl

 

Blok 3 2015/6

 

The idea of “presence” (and “the present”) has not only been of importance to the study of time, but has been increasingly important in 21st century Humanities. In discussions on “liveness”, within memory studies and regarding the virtual, rethinking presence seems to play a central role in life after the digital revolution. In this tutorial we will focus on how Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) conceptualises presence thoughout his writings on the arts in particular (literature, cinema, painting and performance). In a series of close reading sessions, our aim is to get a grip on this part of his theory of time and to see in what way it can help us understand the currents of today.

 

The sessions will last for 2 hours each and preferably take place on Tuesday.

 

Readings:

LoS Twenty Third Series of the Aion

LoS Twenty Second Series of Porcelain and the Vulcano

FB Chapter 7: Hysteria

PS Conclusion to pt 2: Presence and Function of Madness: the Spider

C2 Peaks of Present and Sheets of past (part 1)

Machinic Ecologies: Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference #5 May 20th 2016

The Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference is a conference intended to bring together scholars, students, activists, artists, and others working on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Each year, the conference is hosted at a different university in the Netherlands. In 2016 the conference is organized by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) of the University of Amsterdam. This year the conference will revolve around the works of Deleuze’s with Guattari and the transversal relations to Guattari’s own work. We will specifically focus on topics concerning technology and its relation to the three ecologies of the environmental, the social and the mental.

The conference will consist of one day of panels and a keynote provided by dr. Alanna Thain (McGill University). The day prior to the conference, May 19th, there will be a public experimental workshop organized by ASCA’s Deleuze Reading, wherein What Is Philosophy? (1994) will be scrutinized. Prof. Jeffrey A. Bell (Southeastern Louisiana University) will be present to lead this workshop.

Organisers: Halbe Kuipers, Nur Ozgenalp, Patricia Pisters

 

Call for papers: Machinic Ecologies

In A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze and Guattari discuss their concept of the war machine in relation to weapons and tools that are defined in an ‘ecosystem’ which is traversed by a ‘machinic phylum’. Deleuze and Guattari see the machinic phylum as technological lineage (for instance, the iron sword descending from the dagger, the steel saber descending from the knife). Whether something becomes a weapon or a tool depends on the specific assemblages these metallurgical machines enter into. When Deleuze and Guattari speak of ‘ecosystems’ these are to be understood as the triply folded and complexly interwoven system of what Guattari has called the ‘three ecologies’ of environmental, social and mental ecologies. The connection and synthesis of these heterogeneous ecologies Deleuze and Guattari term ‘machinic’ (ATP 330) Therefore the metallurgical transformations of the machinic phylum have to be thought in ever changing and heterogeneous machinic assemblages, from materiality of the earth to our social life and collective and individual consciousness. We aim to get a deeper understanding of the power and necessity of Deleuze and Guattari’s machinic ecosophy in a techno-permeated world.

We welcome contributions on topics related to the various ways in which we connect to our metals, minerals, and technologies in this three folded ‘machinic’ ecologies. We welcome contributions from philosophy, science and arts that may include (but are not limited to) the philosophical lineage of Simondon and Bateson in the work of Deleuze and Guattari, the anthropology and politics of (urban) mining, ecocinema or other art practices and media ecologies.

Abstract submission deadline: 300 word abstracts with 5 keywords should be submitted by February 15th, 2016. Please send your abstracts in Word format to machinicecologies@gmail.com – mails should be entitled: “Machinic Ecologies – Submission”

Paper notifications: Acceptances will be notified on March 1st, 2016.

Conference-fee: Free participation.

NB: All participants will be required to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Location: University of Amsterdam, exact locations will be announced with the program.

 

Deleuze Seminar 2015/6: Deleuze and Nature

Academic year 2015-2016

Time: Tuesday afternoons, 14.00-17.00

Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn , Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University.

Organised by: the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University

Convened by: Professor Rosi Braidotti and Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University)

With guest speakers.

For more information about Deleuze seminars and other activities please consult the website of the Deleuze Circle: https://deleuzecircle.wp.hum.uu.nl/

Registration: please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to …, osl-fgw@uva.nl and the Centre for the Humanities: gw.cfh@uu.nl.

 

Format

The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2015-16 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers.

Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available.

 

Seminar Theme 2015-16

Throughout his writings, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) devoted a lot of attention to reconceptualizing nature and the nature-culture link. He also rethought both the historical texts of empiricism, notably the pre-Socratics and Lucretius, and the concept itself. Deleuze’s theories of nature and of the Earth show a strong engagement with continental naturalism (post-Rousseau) and the monist strand in the history of thought. Following Deleuze’s intense collaboration with Guattari, the concept of nature becomes more explicitly political and it slowly turns into the geo-philosophy that becomes articulated in his/their later work. In this seminar we will read those fragments from Deleuze’s oeuvre in which his naturalism is most present and we will discuss more broadly issues of empiricism, human nature and the Earth.

 

Abbreviations of key Deleuze and Guattari texts:

ATP: A Thousand Plateaus

WIP: What is Philosophy?

N: Nietzsche and Philosophy

ES: Empiricism and Subjectivity

Cinema: volume 1 and 2

Desert Islands

Two Regimes

 

DETAILED SEMINAR PROGRAMME

 

SESSION 1: Introduction

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

October 27, 2015

 

Reading Material:

 

 

 

SESSION 2: Continental naturalism  

(Dolphijn)

November 17, 2015

 

Reading Material:

 

  • Logic of Sense Appendix 2 Lucretius and the Simulacrum
  • Deleuze Dictionary: “Earth/La Terre”; “Hume”; “Nietzsche”; “Organism”.

 

 

SESSION 3: Human and other nature

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

December 8, 2015

 

Reading Material:

 

  • D&R Introduction: Repetition and Difference
  • ES: Empiricism and Subjectivity: chapter 4: “God and the world”; chapter 5: “Empiricism and subjectivity”and chapter 6: “Principles of human nature”.

 

  • Keith Ansell Pearson, Viroid Life: chapter 4: “Nietzsche contra Darwin”a nd chapter 5:”Viroid Life: machines, technics and evolution”.

 

–     Deleuze Dictionary: “Creative transformation”; “Creative transformation and biology”; “Spinoza”; “Spinoza and ethics of joy”;

 

 

SESSION 4:

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

January 12, 2016

 

Reading Material:

 

  • Spinoza Expressionism in Philosophy Part 3 XVIII Towards the Third Kind of Knowledge
  • Gilles Deleuze: Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Fransisco: City Lights Books:

Ch.2: “On Difference between the Ethics and a Morality” 5

 

  • Deleuze Dictionary: “Body”; “Force”; “Freedom”;

 

 

SESSION 5:

(Dolphijn)

February 9, 2016

 

Reading Material:

  • AO2 The Primitive Territorial Machine
  • Deleuze Dictionary: “State”; “State and geography”;
  • Mark Bonta and John Protevi Deleuze and Geophilosophy; a Guide and Glossary. Part II Deleuzoguattarian geophilosophy

 

 

 

SESSION 6:

(Dolphijn)

March 15, 2016

 

Reading Material:

 

  • ATP 3:The Geology of Morals
  • Deleuze Dictionary: “Politics”; “Ecology”; “State”; “Geography”.
  • Mark Bonta and John Protevi Deleuze and Geophilosophy; a Guide and Glossary. Part II Deleuzoguattarian geophilosophy

 

 

 

 

SESSION 7: Deleuze on Affirmation

(Braidotti)

April 12, 2016

 

Reading Material:

  • In: Gilles Deleuze, 1988. Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Fransisco: City Lights Books:

Ch.2: “On Difference between the Ethics and a Morality” 5

Ch. 3: “The Letters on Evil (correspondence with Blyenbergh)”

Ch. 6: “Spinoza and Us”

 

 

 

SESSION 8: Conclusion

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

May 10, 2016

 

Reading Material:

 

  • WIP 4:Geophilosophy
  • Protevi: Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences (2013)
  • Mark Bonta and John Protevi Deleuze and Geophilosophy; a Guide and Glossary. Part II Deleuzoguattarian geophilosophy