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.

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.



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




SESSION 1: Introduction

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

October 27, 2015


Reading Material:




SESSION 2: Continental naturalism  


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”;




(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”;





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






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


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

Coils of Politics and Aesthetics (Deleuze Reading Group Conference, Amsterdam)

On July 4, 2015, ASCA will host International Conference of Deleuze Reading Group in Amsterdam. The event, composed of a keynote lecture by Professor Patricia Pisters and a one-day workshop, will bring together international academics and artists whom work with Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy. This year the focus lies on Deleuze’s thought in combination with politics and it medial aesthetics.

If, to follow Canadian philosopher Brian Massumi, there has been a kind of convergence between the dynamic of capitalist power and the dynamic of resistance, what is left for political action? The coils of politics seem to strangle us. Since the current flows of capital are subsuming us as subjects, perpetually modulating and appropriating us, the question is whether there is space left for any sort of transgression or resistance. A corporate way of thinking is suppressing the spaces that were still offering some form of resistance and turning everything into subjects of neoliberal logic. As Deleuze already noted in 1992, we have even delivered the school to the corporatization. Yet, there are forms of resistance emerging within this dense field. From Occupy to the current uprisings in universities, there is something stirring within the confines of neoliberal space and challenging its borders.

Part and parcel of this environment is the politics of image and the image of politics. Deleuze, in his cinema books, wrote extensively on the relation of the image to politics, and a people to come. Patricia Pisters states that within the current aesthetic regime, the neuro-image, there is a flow from micropolitics, through affective-aesthetic principles, to macropolitics creating possibilities for political action. How does it work? And what ways of resistance do the contemporary media and their images evoke?

We invite Deleuzian inspired thinkers and artists to confront the issues of politics in relation to the mediated and fluid space we live in: to think from within a new image of thought and a new aesthetic regime.


10.00 – 10.15     Welcome coffees  (Vondelzaal*)

10.15- 10.30      Welcome talk

10.30 – 12.00    Session 1 (Vondelzaal*) 

  • Ozgun Eylul Iscen – Affective Methodologies For Digital Aesthetics and Resistance: Deleuzian Philosophy and Media Arts in the Middle East 
  • Halbe Kuipers – The Amnesiac Witness in Renzo Martens’ Episode III.
  • Thijs Witty – A thinker of the rootstock against the new accelerationists: Hito Steyerl’s circulationism

12.00 – 13.30    Lunch (Bijzondere Collecties*)

13.30 – 15.00    Session 2 (Vondelzaal*) 

  • Sybrandt van Keulen – Aesthetics of Power
  • Nur Ozgenalp – Jon Snow and Daenerys Targeryan vote for the HDP: Micro- and macro-politics of becoming-other
  • Arash Ghajarjazi & Divya Nadkarni – Un Untidy Renitence (performance)

15.00 – 15.30    Coffee break and change of rooms (Nina van Leerzaal*)

15.30 – 16.45    Keynote: Patricia Pisters (Nina van Leerzaal*)

16.45 – 17.00    Coffee (Nina van Leerzaal*)

17.00 – 18.30    Keynote: Gregory Flaxman (Nina van Leerzaal*)

18.30 – 19.30    Borrel (Bijzondere Collecties cafe*)


Patricia Pisters: ‘The Filmmaker as Metallurgist: Politics and Aesthetics of Radical Contingency’
Nina van Leerzaal, Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt, 4 July, 15:30-16:45 hrs.

This lecture will look at the ways in which contemporary artists and filmmakers are committed to the radical contingency of the audio-visual archive, and reveal hidden dimensions of history to revive new perspectives and reveal new versions of the past that seem necessary for the future of ‘a people to come.’

Filmmakers become ‘metallurgists’ who follow the matter-flows in the archive, bending it in concrete forms that can escape from the mnemonic depths and get a new life, an afterlife. Politics and cinema aesthetics as a never-ending story of ‘trying again, failing again, failing better’ with a radical commitment to the contingencies of history and collective memory. This lecture is part of a work in progress on metallurgy, media and minds that I have started recently and hope to develop in the near future.

Patricia Pisters is professor of film studies at the department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam and director of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is one of the founding editors of the Open Access journal Necsus: European Journal of Media Studies. Her publications include: The Matrix of Visual Culture: Working with Deleuze in Film Theory (Stanford University Press, 2003) and The Neuro-Image: A Deleuzian Film-Philosophy of Digital Screen Culture (Stanford University Press, 2012).

Gregory Flaxman ‘The Bressonian Touch: Gilles Deleuze and the Cinema of Faith’

Nina van Leerzaal, Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt, 4 July, 17:00-18:30 hrs.

Robert Bresson has long been celebrated by cinephiles, scholars, and auteurs as an intellectual and even philosophical filmmaker. Above all, Gilles Deleuze has suggested that Bresson belongs to a tradition, at once cinematic and philosophical, of “Christian inspiration,” and in this talk I want to consider the singular relationship between image and thought, style and idea, which Bresson elaborates.
More to the point, this lecture argues that Bresson’s three films of the 1950s — Diary of a Country Priest (1950), A Man Escaped (1956), and Pickpocket (1959) — constitute a kind of inverted Kierkegaardianism. In contrast to the latter’s dialectical stages, Bresson’s loose trilogy passes from religion (the priest) to ethics (the resistance fighter) to aesthetics (the pickpocket). In so doing, I contend, Bresson elaborates “affect-images” (Deleuze) that aspire to grasp in the most concrete terms the most ineffable questions of faith.

Gregory Flaxman is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and director of Global Cinema Studies at the University of North Carolina. He is editor of the Brain is the Screen (Minnesota 2000), the author of Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy (Minnesota 2010), and the co-author of a forthcoming book, Thinking Cinematically (Edinburgh 2016). Currently, he is at work on a book about contemporary American bio-politics.

Final program Deleuze and Aesthetics

09:00-09:30 Registration
Gymnasion 3
09:30-09:50 Anneke Smelik: Welcome and opening
Arjen Kleinherenbrink: Deleuze & Aesthetics
Gymnasion 3
10:00-11:15 I – Decentering subject matter
[GN1] Chair: Edwin Wenink
II – Images found in films
[GN2] Chair: Teun van Laake
Jasmin Duecker
Surface, series, sense: immanence and style in Deleuze and Dickinson
Oleg Lebedev
Images against clichés: conflation and provocation in Jean-Luc Godard
Mike Ardoline
Radical experience in Deleuze and Lovecraft, or Walter Gilman, superior empiricist
Alessio Tommasoli
Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta
Maria Anna Zazzarino
North-American nomads: the novels of Jack Kerouac, Thomas Pynchon, and Paul Auster
Carlos Candela
Time in the dialectic between still image and moving image
11:15-11:30 Coffee
Foyer Gymnasion 
11:30-12:45 III – Deep into the work of art
[GN1] Chair: Sjoerd van Tuinen
IV – What we draw from music
[GN2] Chair: Rick Dolphijn
Agnieszka Anna Wolodźko
To have done with the judgment of aesthetics! Deleuze’s ethology actualized in bioart
Oliver Chandler
Symphonic battlegrounds: the Deleuze / Badiou conflict in Elgar’s Second Symphony
David Benjamin Johnson
Deleuze and Bridget Riley on painting: color, space, intensity
Juan-Jose Guerra-Valiente
Drawing the forces of musical time and space: the smooth and the striated
William R. Morgan
Weaponizing and weapon handling the work of art: ballistics and propulsion in Joel-Peter Witkin, Joseph Beuys, and Dieter Roth
Zeina Al Azmeh
Musical multiplicities and sonic intensities: population and intensive thinking in Deleuzian music
12:45-13:45 Lunch
Foyer Gymnasion

Poster presentations: Deleuze and Games
Rick Dolphijn, Joleen Blom, Zowi Vermeire, Samuel A. Bom, Ruben Endendijk, Arash Ghajarjazi, Tessa de Zeeuw
13:45-15:00 Keynote
Gymnasion 3

Mark Hansen
From Transcendental Sensibility to Firstness: Reading Deleuze with Peirce
Chair: Rosi Braidotti
15:00-15:15 Coffee
Foyer Gymnasion  
15:30-16:45 V – Exceptions caught on camera
[GN1] Chair: Anneke Smelik
VI – Fascinating figures of fiction
[GN2] Chair: Simon Gusman
Irina Schulzki
The aesthetics of a crack-up:Kira Muratova’s cinema
Kevin Potter
Michael K.’s nomad existence: errantry in South African space
Masaki Kondo
The emergence of the new: Terry Adkin’s audiovisual rhetoric inFlumen Orationis (2012)
Catarina Pombo Nabais
Beckett and the exhaustion of the possible
Joseph Krakoff
Toxicity and Contagion – David Cronenberg and Gilles Deleuze
Carla Schriever
Considering Deleuze’s alterity structures in popular music fandom
16:45-17:00 Book launch: R. Braidotti & R. Dolphijn (eds),The Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Society, Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi
17:00-18:00 Lecture with recital
Gymnasion 3
Alfia Nakipbekova“Xenakis: Nomos Alpha for solo cello”

Followed by drinks
Foyer Gymnasion


Keynote speaker:

HansenPhoto-224x300Mark B. N. Hansen is Professor of Literature and Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University. Having studied Comparative and French Literature at New York University and the University of California, Hansen held a Fulbright Full Scholarship at the University of Konstanz, Germany, in 1990 and 1991. In 1994, he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California. Hansen worked as Assistant Professor of English (tenure-track) at Southwest Texas State University (1994-1997) and at Princeton University (1997-2004). From 2005 to 2008, Hansen was Professor of English, Visual Arts and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.

During this period, he published Bodies in Code. Interfaces in Digital Media, a study on the effects of the cyberspace on the civilization predicting an increasing virtualization of the human being, which won the Ars Electronica Book Prize in 2008. Recent Fellowships include the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities at Stanford University and the Fulbright Research Grant for non-China Specialists.

His recent publications include:

CFP: The Dark Precurser: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research 2015

The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze has become increasingly relevant to the field of artistic research. It acts – often also implicitly – as a key reference for many artist-researchers, who engage with knowledge across academic and non-academic fields of practice. At the same time, the term artistic research remains suspended in its definition, in order to highlight immanent modes of knowledge creation. The extent and depth of Deleuze’s influence on this emerging field has not yet been thoroughly investigated, nor has his philosophy been evaluated from the perspective of artists who work on the border of philosophy. DARE 2015 is the first international conference entirely dedicated to the relation between artistic research and Deleuze’s philosophy, and welcomes both scholarly papers and presentations by artist-researchers that explore or specifically present this relation.

Art plays a crucial role in the philosophy of Deleuze. He dedicated a substantial part of his oeuvre to literature, theater, painting, cinema and music. Importantly, he understood art as a mode of thinking, irreducible to and imbricated with philosophy and science. Like art, philosophy and science are both creative practices; and like philosophy and science, art is research in the sense of continued experimentation and infinite learning. Moreover, and independently of his writings on the arts, Deleuze created various philosophical concepts that are open to different kinds of reflections by artists and artist-researchers.

Choosing as its title the concept of ‘dark precursor,’ the conference reflects the duality and openness inherent to artistic research. Deleuze appropriated this expression from meteorology, where it designates a stage in a cloud-to-ground lightning sequence. The stepped leader, as the dark precursor is technically referred to in meteorology, develops when the charge separation within a stormy cloud is so strong that the surrounding air is ionized and becomes conductive. Thus, a charge transfer ensues from the top of the cloud to its base, and from there, a flow of negative charges begins making its way towards the ground. Along the path that now connects the cloud and the ground, a much stronger flow of positive charges travels freely from the ground upwards, generating heat. In one thousandth of a second, the air surrounding the return stroke becomes five times hotter then the sun surface and the incandescence produces the brilliant flash we see of the lightning.

The localized differences of potential between modes of thinking, their necessary, chaotic and invisible paths towards each other, the illumination produced by the strike once two modes are connected, are expressive of the conditions, processes and affects of artistic research that the conference intends to explore.

Scholars and artist-researchers are invited to submit outlines of presentations in all areas of interference between Deleuze’s philosophy and artistic research such as:

  • Film, music, painting, writing, etc. (Practices of creating and researching)
  • Abstract machine, assemblage, diagram, dark precursor, etc. (Ontology)
  • Dramatisation, experimentation, rhizomatics, schizoanalysis, etc. (Epistemology and Methodology)
  • Imaginary, figure, rhythm, sensation, etc. (Aesthetics)
  • Code, form, sign, utterance, etc. (Logic)
  • Becoming-x, habit, life, nomadism, etc. (Ethics and Politics)

In line with the theme of the ‘dark precursor’, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals for scholarly and artistic presentations that exceed simple interpretations and representations of either Deleuze’s philosophy or an artistic practice at hand.

Scholarly presentations, in English or French, are limited to slots of 30 min, including Q&A, but duration may vary for artistic presentation. DARE 2015 encourages scholars and artist researchers to experiment with all modes presentation (performative, participatory, collaborative, interactive, etc.) and within or across all art forms (performing, visual, aural, tactile, new media, design, literary, etc.). Both scholars and artist researchers, are kindly requested to submit their outline of presentation via the conference ‘Ex Ordo’ abstract submission system. Please visit http://dare2015.exordo.com/ and follow the on-screen instructions provided (you will be required to setup an account first).
The closing date for submissions is Monday, 1 June 2015.

Outlines of presentations should not exceed 500 words and include the title and five keywords. Artist researchers should also provide a physical description of the artistic presentation they propose, specifying for instance, the number of people involved, its dimensions and duration, materials, technical requirements, etc. The outlines may be supplemented, uploading separate files to the ‘Ex Ordo’ abstract submission system. The attached files should:

  • not exceed 5 in number
  • not exceed 2GB in size each
  • be in any of the following file formats:
    • Images: TIFF, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, PDF
    • Audio: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3
    • Video: AVI, QuickTime, MP4
  • be clearly named after the submitting author and their sequence number from 1 to 5. For example: LASTNAME_Firstname_1.pdf
  • be listed by file name in the text of the submission

A short list of references may be attached as PDF, preferably formatted in Chicago Referencing Style.

After the submissions are closed, the Editorial Board will peer-review submissions and notify authors by Friday, 17 July 2015.

Accepted authors are kindly requested to promptly confirm their participation and submit by Tuesday, 1 September 2015 a final version of their outline of presentation and short CV, that will be published on the DARE 2015 website alongside the conference programme. Requirements for each presentation are negotiated with the authors individually at this stage.

All accepted abstracts will be published open-access on the conference website and presentations at DARE 2015 will be video recorded for documenting and archiving purposes. A publication of the conference proceedings is in planning.



A symposium organized by the Centre for Art and Philosophy, Erasmus University College and the Erasmus Institute for Public Knowledge

Saturday 28 March 2015

Erasmus University College ( http://www.eur.nl/euc/visit_euc/contact_and_route/ )


13h00 Philip Goodchild – Marketplace or Sacred Temple? The nature of the economy in banking and finance

Followed by a dialogue with Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens

14h15 Coffee

14h30 Marcel Hénaff – Rethinking Reciprocity and Recognition: Mauss’ The Gift revisited

Followed by a dialogue with Marc Schuilenburg

15h45 Coffee

16h00 Henk Oosterling – Interest and Interesse. When Enough is Enough

Followed by a dialogue with René ten Bos

17h15 Plenary discussion chaired by Robin van den Akker and Sjoerd van Tuinen

18h00 Reception

Please consult http://www.caponline.org/debt-and-gift-conflict-patronage-and-recognition-end-economy for speaker’s biographies, abstracts and program updates.


Because of the limited number of seats, please register by e-mail with Monique Goense – 323450mg@student.eur.nl – if you want to participate.


Erasmus University College

Nieuwemarkt 1A Rotterdam

Tutorial: Deleuze & Game: from Playing Cards (Lewis Carroll) to Throwing Dice (Mallarmé).

Tutorial: Deleuze & Game: from Playing Cards (Lewis Carroll) to Throwing Dice (Mallarmé).


Dr. Rick Dolphijn (r.dolphijn@uu.nl)


In this tutorial we discuss “Game theory” in the work of Gilles Deleuze (and Félix Guattari). Though we’ll discuss the game broadly our attention will focus on his readings of Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) and of Stéphane Mallarmé (Un coup de des…). This will be an interdisciplinary tutorial with links to psychoanalysis and music theory, literary studies and the history of philosophy (Leibniz and Nietzsche).


We will meet weekly on a Tuesday from 11 to 13 at Muntstraat 2a room 2.11. This tutorial is for 7,5 ECTS. At the end you will be asked to write a paper on Deleuze and Games of approximately 5000 words.




3 February- ATP 12 How to make yourself a body without organs?


10 February- Focus on Carroll

  1. LoS: 10: the Ideal Game


17 February- Focus on Mallarme 

         1: Nietzsche and Philosophy: Nietzsche and Mallarme

  1. the Fold:What is Baroque?


24 Febuari- ATP10 Becoming intense: section Becoming Music (Fort-Da!)


10 March- Conclusion: ATP 12 Treatise on Nomadology



Friday the 5th of June, 2015 Radboud University Nijmegen The Netherlands



A striking feature of Deleuze’s writings is that one never finds a sharp distinction between philosophy and art. Within Deleuze’s philosophy, art – taken here in its widest sense to include media, popular culture and the creative industries – is always already present in discussions on politics, language, science, and metaphysics. By no means does this entail that art is reduced to a second-rate phenomenon. On the contrary, a well-known Deleuzian dictum holds that the work of art must be able to stand on its own. For Deleuze, philosophical thought itself must always be a creative act, and the arts are privileged laboratories in which to learn from and experiment with creative processes. This makes Deleuze’s philosophy an ever fresh and relevant source from which to investigate not just the arts, but also their relations to a host of contemporary issues.

When philosophy, art, and experiment align, our concern is no longer the mere reflection on, but first and foremost the very production of reality. Approaching art as a productive rather than reflective force provokes questions concerning artistic practice and the creative process itself. Issues at stake are the relation of art to pedagogy, politics and ethics; the (non-)distinctions between artist-spectator, museum-public space, and amateurs-professionals; the relation of art to technology and the digital revolution of today; ‘classical’ notions of goodness, beauty, style, and taste; and perhaps above all our co-constitutive relation to color, sound, matter, form, narrative, and movement. Also of interest is the often discussed predicament of contemporary art and thought, in which sincere inventiveness, exploration, emancipation, engagement, and creativity are permanently at risk of regressing into hedonism, relativism, nihilism, and commercialization.

We invite paper proposals concerning these and related issues. We especially welcome papers operating on the intersection of theory and practice, in which a genre, style, medium, oeuvre, or individual work is used as a ‘case’ to clarify, mobilize, or transform concepts or passages in Deleuze’s work, or vice versa.

Submissions should consist of a single PDF or .doc(x) file including a 300 word abstract, three to five keywords, your name and contact information, and a short biography.

* Please send your submission to DeleuzeNL2015@gmail.com before the 15th of March, 2015. Please use the subject line “Abstract [your surname]”. We aim to inform you about the result of our selection process just after Easter in April 2015.

* If you want to attend without presenting, please register via DeleuzeNL2015@gmail.com . Please use the subject line “Registration [your surname]”.

This one-day conference will consist of 3 panels with 3 speakers each, a lunch, a keynote address at the end of the day, and a concluding reception. Accepted speakers can sign up for a conference dinner at their own expense. The fee for speaking at or attending the conference is € 15,-.

Keynote speaker:
Professor Mark B. Hansen, Duke University

Scientific committee:
Prof. R. Braidotti, Utrecht University; Dr.ir. A. Radman, TU Delft; Dr. S. van Tuinen, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Dr. R. Dolphijn, Utrecht University.

The conference is organized by prof.dr. Anneke Smelik and Arjen Kleinherenbrink, with the support of the Radboud University’s Institute for Historical, Literary, and Cultural Studies and Faculty of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies.

PhD defense Maaike de Jong

This wednesday, at 14:30 exactly at the Academiegebouw, Utrecht University, Maaike de Jong will defend her thesis entitled ” Always Becoming: (De-) (Re-)territorializing: A Social Studies Autoethnography as ‘Minor Literature’. Her promotores are Dian Hosking and Hugo Letiche. As the title tells us, she is very much inspired by the work of Deleuze and has made a wonderful contribution to his readings in organizational studies. 

Deleuze Reading Group 2014 – 2015

The aim of this reading group is to theoretically reflect upon the cinema as well as the cinematic through the writings of Gilles Deleuze. Last year, we focused on the Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus concerning the biopolitical orders and neuropolitical structures in the contemporary image culture. Taking the body as “a centre of indetermination”, our aim was to analyse the aesthetics of a cinema of the body as well as a cinema of the brain.

This year, we will return to Deleuze’s cinema books, The Movement-Image and The Time-Image, to seek productive discussions on political meanings of cinematic image culture. We cordially welcome MA students, PhD researchers and other interested scholars whose work deals with classical cinema, television, new media, film theory, film-philosophy, and audio-visual culture.   

Participants are welcome to suggest readings and screenings to be discussed within the group. However, we strictly would like to reserve the close reading to the texts penned by Deleuze, or Deleuze & Guattari.

The reading group meets on a monthly basis, each third (or fourth) Tuesday of the month. The first meeting is provisionally scheduled for September 23; please register for further announcements.

We are also happy to announce that DRG Mini-Conference will again take place in late June. The details and calls will be announced later.

For enrolment, or any questions, please e-mail Nur Ozgenalp (nur.ozgenalp@gmail.com

Deleuze Seminar 2014/2015

Deleuze and the New Humanities

Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn

Deleuze Seminar 2014-5


Academic year 2014-2015

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/



The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2013-14 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 2014-15

Wheras Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) started his career “rewriting” the History of Philosophy, the second part of his oeuvre (published in the 1970’s and the 1980’s mainly) focused more on politics and aesthetics. It is in this second period that many humanities scholars traditionally have found their inspiration as it is here that concepts that deal with emancipation, resistance, liberation, creativity and life, are being invented. His books on cinema, the Capitalism and Schizophrenia books written with Guattari, but also his analysis of particular writers (Proust, Carroll, Kafka, Melville, Woolf) and visual artists (Bacon, Klee) are of special relevance, as is his enduring reflection on what counts as the human within the Humanities in the past and the present.

At the start of the 21st century, an age in which the Humanities are undergoing radical challenges and profound changes, a new rereading of the inspiring oeuvre of Deleuze seems necessary. While the traditional readings of his work have not lost importance, emerging interdisciplinary fields of study ask for new conceptual apparati. In this seminar our aim is to experiment with the work of Deleuze in order to see how his ideas can help these emerging fields, to see in what way Deleuze already anticipated upon them and how his concepts are able to push the discussions forwards.


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




SESSION 1: (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

September 16, 2014

Introduction: Deleuze on the Usefulness of Philosophy


Reading Material:

Cinema 2 Part 3 (1 page)


In Two Regimes: “How Philosophy is Useful to Mathematicians or Musicians”

In WIP: “Introduction: The question then…” and chapter 3: “Conceptual Personae”.


Introduction: “Deleuze’s Philosophy and the Art of Life Or: What does Pussy Riot Know?” In: The Deleuzian Century, Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn (eds.) Rodopi, 2014.



SESSION 2: (guest: Patricia Pisters, University of Amsterdam)

October 14, 2014

Deleuze on Post-Cinema


Reading Material:

“The Brain is the Screen”. In Two Regimes: What is the Creative Act?



ATP: Plateau 12 (on the war machine), especially “Proposition VIII. Metallurgy in itself constitutes a flow necessarily confluent with nomadism”.


P.Pisters: “Flashforward: the future is now” in: Deleuze Studies vol. 5, 2011: 98-115



SESSION 3:  (Guest: Birgit Kaiser , Utrecht University)

November 4, 2014

Deleuze on the Postcolonial

Reading Material:

In Desert Islands: Desert Islands


In Desert Islands: Jean Jacques Rousseau: Precursos of Kafka, Celine and Pone


Logic of Sense Appendixes II (301-321): Michel Tournier and the World Without Others



SESSION 4: (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

December 9, 2014

Deleuze on Posthumanism


Reading Material:

In Desert Islands: “Nomadic Thought”


In Desert Islands: “Humans: a Dubious Existence”


In Two Regimes: “Response to a Question on the Subject”


R.Braidotti: The Posthuman chapter 2: “Post-anthropocentrism”.


Deleuze: Course on Spinoza and Individuality https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXBTOPE9AmI



SESSION 5:  (Guest: Sjoerd van Tuinen, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

 January 13, 2015

Deleuze on Europe, modernism, ressentiment


Reading Material:

In Two Regimes: “Europe the Wrong Way”.


In Two Regimes:  “May ’68 Did Not Take Place”.


R.Braidotti: “Nomadic European Citizenship” in : Nomadic Theory, CUP, 2011.


Franco “Bifo” Berardi “The European Collapse”,  in The Uprising.




SESSION 6: (Guest: Piotrek Swaitkowski, Radboud University)


February 17, 2015

Deleuze on Economics beyond the State


Reading Material:

ATP: “Apparatus of Capture”


AO: “The Civilized Capitalist Machine”


M. Lazzarato (2014), “Signs and Machines: Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity”, Semiotext(e).

Introduction accessible at:




SESSION 7:  (Guest: Henk Oosterling , Erasmus University Rotterdam)

March 17, 2015

Deleuze on the Post-Disciplinary (Digital) Societies


Reading Material:

N: “Control and Becoming”


N: “Postscript on Control Societies”


See ABCDAIRE on Human Rights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qopw0kssnuw




SESSION 8: (Guest : Kathrin Thiele, Utrecht University)

April 14, 2015

Deleuze and Feminist Theory


Reading Material:

ATP: chapter on “Becoming”: pages 232-309, esp. pages 232-243, and 272-286.


Rosi Braidotti on Deleuze and becoming-woman in the 2nd edition of Nomadic Subjects (Columbia University Press, 2011)

Elisabeth Grosz  “The Future of Feminist Theory” (2011).



SESSION 9: (Dolphijn and Braidotti)

May 12, 2015

Deleuze on Naturalism


Reading Material:

ATP ch3: the Geology of Morals


WIP ch 4: Geophilosophy


Rick Dolphijn 2014 “De Natuurfilosofie van Deleuze en Guattari”. In: Wijsgerig Perspectief Jaargang 54 nummer 2. Pp. 14-21. (in Dutch only)


John Protevi 2013 “Geo-hydro-solar-bio-techno-politics” in: Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences. University of Minnesota press




Date: to be confirmed

Radboud  University Nijmegen

Organized by Prof. Anneke Smelik and Arjen Kleinherenbrink

(More details to be announced )



SESSION 10: (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

June 2, 2015

Conclusion: on freedom through the understanding of our bondage, or : from Chaos to the Brain


Reading Material:

WIP: “Conclusion: from Chaos to the Brain”


Immanence: A Life…



See ABCDAIRE on N for Neurology and S for Style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qopw0kssnuw