Call for Papers: Deleuze and Guattari and Africa — Southern Responses

Deadline: 1 May 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 15 - 16 July 2015

Website: http://deleuzeguattari.co.za/

Where: Cape Town

Venue: University of Cape Town

Conveners: Chantelle Gray van Heerden and Aragorn Eloff

In recent years there has been a widespread surge of interest in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Although Deleuze and Guattari studies is still in its infancy in South Africa, many of the themes that emerge from their individual and collaborative works – a politics of deterritorialisation, an ethics of becoming, a materialist ontology and so forth – hold great promise for thinking through and engaging with the complexities of contemporary South Africa and Africa more broadly, with pressing concerns around identity, geopolitics, culture, art, time, memory, autonomy, oppression and justice desperately calling for a bold, radical new praxis.

With the emphasis on Africa (but also keeping in mind what Deleuze says about the untimely), this conference aims to explore a wide range of topics related to the work of Deleuze and Guattari, showcasing local research and providing a supportive space for anyone interested in learning more about their compelling but difficult oeuvre, with all its lines of flight, war machines, virtual multiplicities, concrete assemblages and Bodies without Organs.

The philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari unsettles – and raises a host of fundamental philosophical questions for – everything from aesthetics, politics and ethics to geography, biology and even mathematics. Given the highly transdisciplinary nature of this philosophy and its myriad possible applications, proposals for presentations are welcomed on any subject, including, but by no means limited to those suggested here.

If you are interested in presenting on these or any other themes, please submit a 300-500 word abstract for blind review to deleuzeafrica@gmail.com, along with your affiliation (if any), your contact details and any access, dietary or other requirements you have. The deadline for submission is the 1st of May 2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the 15th of May 2015. Proposals for the delivery of presentations through art, performance, poetry, multimedia or any other mode of creative expression are also welcomed.

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