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The Third International Deleuze Studies in Asia Camp 2015


The world famous Deleuze Camp will be held prior to the conference from May 29 to June 2, 2015 at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities. Deleuze Camp is open to all scholars interested in Deleuze, from undergraduates to professors. The theme of the camp will be “Deleuze contra hierarchies”. Leading Deleuze scholars will present a series of lectures, seminars and workshops examining different approaches to Deleuze’s work. The atmosphere will be lively, friendly and critical.

Seminar Topics for the Deleuze Camp

Prof Jeffrey Bell

Becoming-animal and Doing Metaphysics

Lecture 1: Immanence

In this series of lectures I will set forth what I take to be the key elements of a Deleuzian metaphysics. In essence, I will argue that just as Deleuze extends the Humean argument well beyond Hume’s discussions of human nature to nature writ large, so too I will argue that the concept de/reterritorialization is to be extended beyond its use within ethology to reality as process. To a large extent this is already what Deleuze and Deleuze and Guattari do, especially in A Thousand Plateaus, but the implications of this concept for philosophy and metaphysics in particular are not explored at length by Deleuze and Guattari, although they do offer us some enticing suggestions in What is Philosophy?
(as I argue in my forthcoming book). In this lecture I will set the stage for developing Deleuze and Guattari’s suggestions by laying out the wholesale embrace of immanence that characterizes Deleuze’s entire philosophical project – an embrace Deleuze carries over from Spinoza. This will then enable us to gain a better understanding of the concept becoming-animal, and the role ethology plays as an effort to develop a philosophical understanding of “inorganic life.”

Lecture 2: Ethology

“Inorganic life” is a scientific concept that has gained momentum in recent years as a legitimate avenue of scientific research. For Deleuze and Deleuze and Guattari, however, inorganic life, as I will lay it out, is a philosophical concept and is therefore put to entirely different uses than it is in the hands of scientific researchers. In this lecture we will begin with a discussion of the territorial behaviour of animals and use Deleuze and Guattari’s critique of Konrad Lorenz as a pivot upon which we will turn to the more generalized philosophical understanding of the processes of de- and reterritorialization. With this in hand we will be able to turn to a discussion of some key problems from metaphysics – for instance, the problems of the one and the many, difference and identity, mind and matter, and realism vs. antirealism. This will be the subject of the third lecture.

Lecture 3: Metaphysics

In this lecture I will sketch how one can approach a number of core metaphysical issues within the philosophical tradition by developing Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of de/reterritorialization. Along with the problems of the one and the many, I will discuss other issues that have become the subject of concern in both analytic and continental traditions, such as realism, correlationism, primary/secondary substance, and the problem of the one and the many. With the recent upsurge of interest in metaphysical problems among analytic philosophers, we will find that Deleuze offers a number of strategies that can be employed in thinking through the problems that have been at the center of analytic philosophers’ concerns.
(Jeffrey Bell is Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. For more details, click here .)

Dr. Emine Görgül

Transfiguring Ontology of Space: Space as a Becoming
The last decades of 20th Century wound up with intense effects of digital technologies that have been penetrating in various fields of our life. Besides, the rising impact of virtuality via everyday digital gadgets, the advanced affects of ubiquitous computation, and ultimately the emergence of electronically driven embodiment were all broadened and altered both the milieus and the definition of existence. Hand in hand with all these transformations, the vast deployment of computation has also altered the knowledge and the discourse in science, in sociology and humanities, arts, design, and nevertheless the architecture.
The transfiguring ontology of the architectural space constitutes the primary concern of the presentations. Referring to this concern, the paradigm shift from Cartesian envisioning of static space into spatio-temporality, and the effect of mechanisms or in other words the abstract machines (Deleuze and Guattari, 1987) that constitutes both the ideological background of this transformation, as well as the physical presence of the experienced systems, also together with the strategies and tools that have been deployed to constitute the physically existing architectural spatiality emerged as the essential topics of a prospect discussion that is related with the novel spatial relations.

Conceptualizing the ‘space as a becoming’, the presentations will argue the transformation of architectural space into a regime of becoming. In this regard, while denying architectural space as a static embodiment of a defined purpose or function, and advocating uncrystallized fluidity of spatiality; space is considered as a transformable entity, which is under the affects of active and passive forces (Kipnis, 1993). Besides, the space is affirmed as a phenomenon, an ‘event’ (Deleuze, 1988) and the architectural space as a dynamic never-ending product on the basis of multi-modal interaction and unity of space, body and time relations.
Yet, the theoretical frame of the discussion has been set up on an initial discussion of a three-pillared auxiliary debate about the time, the stoic perception of time, the chronos and aiôns in opposition to absolute quantitative time; the body, the shifting perception of Stoic-Spinozian-nexus body, against to Cartesian cogito; and finally the space, which is no longer a container but an extension. [Dr. Emine Görgül is associate professor at school of architecture, Istanbul Technical University]

Prof Barbara Glowczewski

Lecture: 1
Guattari and Inter-national Indigeneity
Palestinians, Armenians, Basques, Irish, Corsicans, Lithuanians, Uyghur, Gypsies, Native Americans, Australian Aborigines . . . all in their own way and in very different contexts, appear as so many leftovers of history . . . In fact this nebula with fuzzy contours is called on to play a growing role at the heart of the international relations that it is already ‘parasiting’ considerably. And for our part we consider that, in the future, the nationalitarian fifth world will no longer be simply passive and defensive, but will bring a decisive renewal to the cultural values, social practices and models of society of our times.
Felix Guattari gave this lecture in Bilbao on 26 March 1985 to the International Congress ‘Los derechos colectivos de las naciones minorizadas en Europa’. It takes up the ideas that we developed together with Survival International France to set up a project called Rencontres du Cinquième Monde (Gathering of the Fifth world) under the aegis of the Fondation Transculturelle Internationale, in order to promote the legal status and the singular identities of indigenous peoples, their struggles for their land rights, and the recognition of their knowledges, therapies and resource management (published in French as “1985 – Le cinquième monde nationalitaire” in Les Années d’Hiver, Minuit, p.71-79, 1986, quote translated in English in B. Glowczewski, « Guattari and Anthropology », The Guattari effect, E. Alliez and A. Goffey, eds, Continuum, 2011).
We will discuss some aspects of Guattari’s and Deleuze’s interest in anthropology and societies defined by Pierre Clastre as « against the state » who indeed have demonstrated over the last twenty years not only « a decisive renewal to the cultural values, social practices and models of society » but also a transnational solidarity and common political strategy.

Lecture: 2
Rhizomatic Aboriginal inter-connections
The Indigenous Australians are still too often identified as a supposedly prehistoric prototype and survivors from the Stone Age, because they were not producing iron at the time of colonization two centuries ago. However, when I went to live in the Australian desert in 1979 with the elders who had experienced their first contact with colonization in their infancy, living the life of semi-nomadic hunters before their confinement in a reserve, I was struck by something very modern in their relationships to images, to the body, and to dreams. Their sense of modernity—some would say postmodernity—can be explained as follows: the West experienced a paradigm shift when it entered the audiovisual universe and later the Internet, but the widespread connectedness that characterizes the use of new technologies is also—in my view—a specific feature of the creative manipulation of myths and rituals carried out by Indigenous Australians. In fact, Indigenous Australians themselves use dream images as an associative memory, an articulate and contemporary virtual matrix to explain the dynamism of their combinations and connections, which are simultaneously semantic, analogical and performative.
B. Glowczewski, « The Paradigm of Indigenous Australians », in Totemic Becomings. Micropolitics of the Dreaming, Sao Paulo, n-1 publications: p. 131: http://www.n-1publications.org/.
We will discuss Deleuze and Guattari’s understanding of Australian Aboriginal rhizomatic mapping of their concept and ritual practice of the Dreaming and will show how since the 1980’s the First Nations of Australia have been using art as a political tool to claim specific rights, such as the return of their land.

Lecture: 3
Transversal operativity and Guattari’s ecosophical cartography
“Guattari offers a double response to the increasingly sophisticated entrapments of the cybernetic society. On the one hand, his fourfold meta-model invites us to examine the materials, affects, discourses and processes with which we construct our realities (…) to achieve greater degrees of self-modeling, along with deeper potentials for collective speech. But at the same time, his insistence on an ontological experience of the territory, modulated by the rhythmic presence-absence of aesthetic constellations, introduced a pathic core of uncertainty into any possible model, calling for intimate sensitivity to an otherness that could never be calculated or integrated to a semiotic system.” (Brian Holmes, Guattari’s Schizoanalytic Cartographies or, the Pathic Core at the Heart of Cybernetics http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/guattaris-schizoanalytic-cartographies/)
We will discuss Guattari’s fourfold meta-model – Existential territories (Real/Virtual), Flows (Real/Actual), Universes of Value (Possible/Virtual) and Machinic Phylums (Possible/Actual) – using the example of Aboriginal Australians, who like many other Indigenous peoples, are using the WEB and social networks to promote their creativity and struggles for recognition.

Prof Paul Patton

The lecture will be largely based on particular chapters from Difference and Repetition. The details will be added very soon.
(Paul Patton is Scientia Professor of Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales, Australia. He has translated Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition. For more details, click here .)

Prof Patricia Pisters

Deleuze’s Cinema Projects and Beyond

Lecture 1: Deleuze, Cinema, and the Brain

In this lecture I will discuss Deleuze’s famous adagio that ‘the brain is the screen’ and ask what it means to take his invitation to look at the biology of the brain to assess (contemporary) cinema literally. What are the particular methodological challenges of such encounter between art, philosophy and neuroscience? And why could we speak of a ‘neuro-image’ now?

Lecture 2: Confrontation with Madness: Cinema and Schizoanalysis

Following from lecture 1, the next step is to look at the particular schizoanalytic principles that a Deleuzian approach of images entails. If contemporary culture is characterized by a cultural schizophrenia, it is useful to look at certain schizoid narratives in contemporary cinema that we will discuss.

Lecture 3: Wild Times: The Temporal Ontology of Cinema in the Digital Age

One of the typical pathological characteristics is the fact that temporal order is mixed up. We live in ‘wild times’. This lecture will look at the philosophical underpinnings, the temporal ontology of contemporary cinema (as ‘neuro-images’). Difference and Repetition will be the main source of reference here. Thinking ‘from the future’ is the main basis of this temporal ontology.
(Patricia Pisters is professor of film studies at the department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam. For articles, blog and more information log on to www.patriciapisters.com).

Prof. Sundar Sarukkai

Deleuze and the Mathematical Imagination
(Prof. Sundar Sarukkai is the director of Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, India. For more details,click here ).

Prof Anne Sauvagnargues

Deleuze, sense and signs: a new ecology of signs
(Anne Sauvagnargues is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris, Nanterre, France, and specializes in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. She co-directs the collection Lignes d'art with Fabienne Brug re for Presses Universitaires de France. She is the author of the books: Deleuze, Transcendental Empiricism and Deleuze and Art.)

Dr George Varghese K

Lecture 1: Deleuzian theory of multiplicity, ontogenesis and becoming x

This lecture focuses on the theory of multiplicity which Deleuze developed against the metaphysical notion of object in Plato, Hegel and Kant. Specific importance will be given to the difference between the ontogenetic notion of multiplicity developed in the early phase (up to “Anti-Oedipus”) and the rhizomatic notion of multiplicity developed in the later phase of “A Thousand Plateaus” onwards. There will be a specific elaboration of the concepts of the virtual, rhizome, genesis, nomadology, territorialisation-deterritorialisation, transduction and affect in relation to the main theme in this lecture.

Lecture 2: Anthropology’s notion of subject-object relation and the Deleuzian theory of fold.

The initial part of the lecture focuses on the question of fold in Deleuze as it gets developed in the third phase, especially in his work on Leibniz. The subject and object are conceptualised as constituting a fold instead of opposition in traditional epistemology or merging in religious mysticism. The theory of fold becomes extremely important in reconceptualising the generally empiricist or positivist notion of subject-object relation in anthropology. As an exemplification of the relevance of Deleuzian fold in anthropology there will be a detour into the ethnography of gold in Kerala, India.
(George Varghese K teaches in the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, India. For more details, click here.)



Camp Schedule



Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
May 29 May 30 May 31 June 1 June 2
8:45 - 9 AM Inauguration
9 -10:30AM Paul Patton Lecture 1 Philosophy of Difference and Images of Thought Paul Patton Lecture 2 Philosophy as the Invention of Concepts Barbara Glowczewski Lecture 3 Guattari's Ecosophical Cartography Patricia Pisters Lecture 1 Deleuze, Cinema and the Brain George Varghese Lecture 2 Multiplicity : Becoming x and Fold
10:30-11 AM Tea
11 - 12:30 PM Jeffrey Bell Lecture 1 Immanence Sundar Sarukkai Lecture 1 Deleuze and Mathematics Jeffrey Bell Lecture 3 Metaphysics Anne Sauvagnargues Lecture 2 Deleuze and Art Patricia Pisters Lecture 3 Temporal Ontology of Cinema in the Digital Age
12:30 -2:00 PM Lunch
2 - 3:30 PM Barbara Glowczewski Lecture 1 Guattari and Inter-national Indigeneity Jeffrey Bell Lecture 2 Ethology Sundar Sarukkai Lecture 2 Deleuze and Mathematics Emine Gorgul Lecture 1 Transfiguring Ontology of Space : Space as Becoming Anne Sauvagnargues Lecture 3 Deleuze and Art
3:30 - 4 PM Tea
4 - 5:30 PM George Varghese Lecture 1 Multiplicity: Ontogenesis and Morphogenesis Barbara Glowczewski Lecture 2 Rhizomatic Aboriginal Inter connections Anne Sauvagnargues Lecture 1 Deleuze and Art Patricia Pisters Lecture 2 Confrontation with Madness: Cinema and Schizoanalysis Paul Patton Lecture 3 Deleuze and Politics : Nomads and War Machines