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Themed edition of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities

Geophilosophies of Masculinity: Re-mapping gendered configurations of politics, aesthetics and knowledge

Themed edition of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities Edited by Anna Hickey-Moody & Timothy Laurie, The University of Sydney

“The concept is not object but territory. It does not have an Object but a territory. For that very reason it has a past form, a present form and, perhaps, a form to come” (Deleuze and Guattari What is Philosophy? 1996: 101)

Knowledges are generated by located cultural formations embedded in particular historical trajectories. Our special edition of Angelaki builds on the suggestion ‘the concept is not object but territory’
through positing material-cultural geographies of masculinity as the sites in which thought is created. Such forms of thought are, we argue, necessarily gendered and the products of gendered cultures. We are specifically interested in ways in which lived cultures of masculinity might be read as offering means for understanding men and masculinities articulated across political formations, aesthetic practices and institutionalized systems of thought. Three specific disciplinary axes of analysis are suggested through which to explore these trajectories: performance studies, continental philosophy (especially Deleuze and Guattari’s work), and critical race theory.
As editors, we are interested in contributions that consider cultural formations ranging from local performance spaces and working environments to global demarcations of masculinised territories, such as the nation-State or the “Western” hemisphere. We are interested in the ways in which different social boundaries and cultural economies are made and remade through articulations of masculinity and the extent to which such re-mappings can (or can not) be read as constitutive of thought.

An imperative driving this project is an interest in how cultural geography and masculinity studies might offer conceptual resources for scholars working in continental philosophy. Specifically, we are interested in how the examination of political and aesthetic terrains involved in the formation of masculinities, hegemonic or otherwise, might be mapped onto the field of continental philosophy. As such, the editors encourage a focus on the political implications and/or methodological consequences of poststructuralist approaches to masculinities, especially perspectives on the possible limitations of continental philosophical thinkers within more applied disciplines or fields of inquiry. To this end, articles utilizing models of thought generated within masculinity studies to reconsider or critique Deleuze and Guattari’s thought, and/or the work of other continental philosophers, are welcomed. We also invite contributions that draw on continental philosophy to interrogate literature from the field of masculinity studies.

Contributors are invited to explore specific geographies of masculinities as thought-machines. As suggested above, there are three areas in which we would like to locate contributions:

• Cultures of performance, music, dance and visual arts,
including (ethico)aesthetic approaches to masculinities within artworks or performances, but also extending to the gendered dynamics of artistic production, consumption and/or reception.

• Cultures of scholarship, including the institutional
politics of masculinity studies, the impact of masculinities on research practices and publishing, and the take-up of psychoanalysis and post-structuralism within gender studies. We welcome contributions that explore the gender dynamics of knowledge production within specific university environments and/or in the context of global knowledge production. This work might also develop Alice Jardine’s response to Deleuze and Guattari in the context of gendered research environments.

• Masculinity and geographies of race, including the formation
of masculine identities, stereotypes and spaces along racial and ethnic lines, or within racially “marked” diasporic communities. This could also include considerations of masculinities within anthropology, migration studies and critical race studies.

Contributors are also invited to consider the constitutive relationship to femininity performed through the masculinities under consideration.

About the editors:

Dr. Anna Hickey-Moody is a lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at Sydney University. Anna has a background in performance studies, youth studies and education. She is co-author of Masculinity beyond the Metropolis (Palgrave, 2006), co-editor of Deleuzian Encounters (Palgrave, 2007) and author of Unimaginable Bodies (Sense, 2009).

Timothy Laurie is a PhD Candidate in Gender and Cultural Studies at Sydney University. His thesis examines theories of cultural economy, focusing on issues of race, ethnicity and gender in the US and UK music industries 1958-1990. He has published on Gilles Deleuze and music criticism, and has a forthcoming book-chapter on Deleuze and Afrofuturism. He is currently researching Anglo-Saxonism and the gender politics of heritage in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Submission Details:
Abstracts of 500-750 words should be submitted in electronic format to the editors by March 31st 2012. This special issue of Angelaki is scheduled for publication in spring 2013. This means that completed papers should be with the issue editors no later than September 25th 2012. Papers will then be circulated to external referees and depending on their feedback, papers will be amended or accepted by the deadline of November 20th 2012.

Length: 5,000 -10,000 words.

Queries on this special issue may be addressed to both the issue
editors:
Anna Hickey-Moody anna...@sydney.edu.au Timothy Laurie tlau...@gmail.com

Work accepted for development in this special issue must conform to the Modern Language Association Handbook for Writers of Research Papers ( http://www.facebook.com/l/6AQGE7S6WAQFOYKv_CxmCIhx-_N-vdAKoA4zjMcqp6ToSyA/www.mla.org).
Manuscripts should be original in content and not published, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts are not returned.

February 9th, 2012 - 17:08pm

New publication

Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts

Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts

(MIT Press)

Brian Massumi

Endorsements

“Semblance and Event is a book about the smallest things, and the biggest. Brian Massumi effectively overcomes what Gilles Deleuze once described as the ‘wrenching duality’ of aesthetics. Massumi brings together action and contemplation; he finds the extraordinary in the everyday, and vice versa. This is a book about the life in art, and the art in life: a political aesthetics for the twenty-first century.”

—Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University; author of Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics

 

“Brian Massumi practices an ‘activist’ philosophy indeed, as his writing craft produces an intensive indiscernibility between the abstraction of philosophical concepts and the activation of aesthetic experience associated with art. This amazing book induces a participative thinking-feeling that does not criticize but rather sweeps away the deadening disjunctions paralyzing the adventure of experience.”

—Isabelle Stengers, philosopher of science, Free University of Brussels; author of Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts

 

Events are always passing; to experience an event is to experience the passing. But how do we perceive an experience that encompasses the just-was and the is-about-to-be as much as what is actually present? In Semblance and Event, Brian Massumi, drawing on the work of William James, Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and others, develops the concept of “semblance” as a way to approach this question.

 

It is, he argues, a question of abstraction, not as the opposite of the concrete but as a dimension of it: “lived abstraction.” A semblance is a lived abstraction. Massumi uses the category of the semblance toinvestigate practices of art that are relational and event-oriented–variously known as interactive art, ephemeral art, performance art, art intervention–which he refers to collectively as the “occurrent arts.” Massumi argues that traditional art practices, including perspective painting, conventionally considered to be object-oriented freeze frames, also organize events of perception, and must be considered occurrent arts in their own way. Each art practice invents its own kinds of relational events of lived abstraction, to produce a signature species of semblance.

 

The artwork’s relational engagement, Massumi continues, gives it a political valence just as necessary and immediate as the aesthetic dimension. Massumi investigates occurrent art practices in order to examine, on the broadest level, how the aesthetic and the political are always intertwined in any creative activity.

 

About the Author

 

Brian Massumi is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montréal. He is the author of Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and A User’s Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press, 1992).

October 18th, 2011 - 09:32am

CFP – Félix Guattari in the Age of Semiocapitalism: Twenty Years After

Félix Guattari in the Age of Semiocapitalism: Twenty Years After

Edited by Gary Genosko

Call for Papers

The year 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Guattari’s untimely passing in 1992 at the age of 62. This special issue of Deleuze Studies honours Guattari’s enduring legacy by inviting contributions on his writings, many of which have been slow to reach English audiences.

“Félix Guattari in the Age of Semiocapitalism” acknowledges the prescience and influence of his insight into capital as a semiotic operator and invites meditations on the relevance of his thought for a critical diagnosis of present and future mutations of capitalism, a burgeoning global, info-machinic ecology, the rapid emergence of new species of subjectivity, and the shape of molecular revolution to come. Guattari’s creative palette was the assemblage, and his restless spirit brought him into a myriad of collaborations. His unpublished works are a treasure trove of tentative proposals, project outlines, and experiments with different genres of writing. Traces of Guattari’s global travels are the source of rich reflections in which his theoretical perspectives are brought to bear upon local conditions. The translations of his major works, Machinic Unconscious and Schizoanalytic Cartographies, are nearly in hand. In short, the questions this special issue will answer are: why, and how, to read Guattari today?

Contributions for consideration may take up, without limiting themselves to, such themes as:

- IWC and semiocapitalism
- subjectification and singularisation
- ecosophy and ecopolitics
- ethico-aesthetics and curation
- archives
- translation
- clinical and analytical practice
- sex, drugs and television
- semiotics and diagrammatics
- philosophy and social theory
- chaosmosis and meta-modelling
- friends, lovers, teachers, and enemies
- Paris, New York, Sao Paolo, Tokyo
- minoritarian becomings
- molecular revolution and power

Deadline for submissions: All submissions must be received by Gary Genosko by July 30, 2011.
Projected Date of Publication: June 2012

December 6th, 2010 - 12:15pm

Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy in the Contemporary Political Context

2-3rd December 2010 in the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Remembering the prophecy of Michel Foucault that one day our century will be called Deleuzian, the conference aims to address such problems of contemporary political life as:

- the (im)possibilities of creating minoritarian practices;
- the fascist and/or revolutionary regimes of desire-production and the distinction of active/passive;
- life in the societies of control and surveillance;
- nomadic “lines of flight” from the crisis of (ethnic, religious, gender) identities;
- the problem of the common as the way out of the contemporary economic and political crisis.

Contact: Audrone Zukauskaite

October 17th, 2010 - 08:23am

Deleuze & War: Theory & Event 13 (3) Special Symposium

Edited by Brad Evans & Laura Guillaume

Featuring:
Brad Evans & Michael Hardt, Barbarians to Savages: Liberal War Inside and Out
Laura Guillaume, Revolutionizing Virtual War: An Interview with James Der Derian
Julian Reid, What did Cinema do in “the War,” Deleuze?
Brian Massumi, Perception Attack: Brief on War Time
John Protevi, Rhythm and Cadence, Frenzy and March: Music and the Geo-Bio-Techno-Affective Assemblages of Ancient Warfare
Brad Evans, Terror in all Eventuality
Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc, The War Machine, the Formula and the Hypothesis: Deleuze and Guattari as Readers of Clausewitz
Gregg Lambert, The War-Machine and “a people who revolt”

Synopsis
The ambition for this symposium is to explore Deleuze’s concerns with the problem of war, their contributions
to his thinking, and the contemporary issues that arise out of the relationship between Deleuze and war in the face of increasingly shifting conceptions of state power and militarization. Their introduction is openly accessible and is available here.

Pieces in this symposium include: an exchange with Brad Evans and Michael Hardt on the relationship between civil war and the problems of sovereignty; an interview by Laura Guillaume with James Der Derian that takes up issues such as the (ab)use of the militarization of critical thought; an essay by Julian Reid that engages Deleuze’s analysis of cinema and his problematic periodizations of pre and post-war films; a contribution from Brian Massumi considering the ubiquity of “soft power” and “epistemological warfare” and defending the virtual against the military logic of pre-emption; a paper from John Protevi deploying Deleuze and Guattari’s complex notion of affect in order to rethink how we understand the body in the face of affective responses to war; an essay by Brad Evans arguing that security is becoming less concerned with issues of identity and more focused on questions of circulation and emergence; a genealogy of war exploring how the forces of capture and flight operate in everyday life by Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc; and, a paper by Gregg Lambert that traces the relationship between the war
machine, the state, and the people.

October 14th, 2010 - 11:26am

CFP – Surviving economic crises through education

Surviving economic crises through education
Edited by David R Cole
University of Technology, Sydney

The 2008 financial meltdown was not an isolated incident. In fact, this crisis in credit and banking is structurally implicit in the world economic system, due to the accelerated, cybernetic connectivity that world markets now deploy. This collection of essays takes these facts as a backdrop for explorations of educational responses to financial crises, and as a future orientated way of understanding emergent tendencies in learning as they appear around a globe that is dominated by movements in capital.

The theoretical background to this volume comes from Deleuze & Guattari’s combined work on Capitalism and Schizophrenia. In and through these publications, connections between capital and agency are sketched out, and multiple political responses to these relationships are formulated and may be understood. These responses invite research-based data sets, which describe the ways in which educational practises have recently been eliminated, buckled, evolved and drowned beneath waves of new bureaucracy. For example, Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism includes personal evidence taken from colleges where he has worked, and has had to deal with new systems of teaching and learning accountancy. These systems often have little to do with teaching and learning, but are crossover control strategies taken from corporate culture, where executives have to align human performance with shareholder value, efficiency and capital flows. In 2001, Buenos Aires experienced the financial collapse of an entire political system. The resulting implosion and readjustment in funding has meant that educational practises in Argentina have henceforth taken on variant and evolving characteristics, which shall be examined in this volume by local educational researchers working in the field.

This publication will not idealise educational practice as representing a coordinated site of resistance to global capitalism. Yet as a symptom and diagnostic tool, education is a powerful conduit for understanding the new forms of social life that are emerging during this time of intermittent economic crises. In terms borrowed from Deleuze & Guattari, the sudden breakdown in dominant social forms of organization apparent in and through the crises leads to rupture points, that are windows of affect, that help us to understand concurrent planes of cultural immanence. In other words, the jolts in normative functioning caused by the economic crises, give us the opportunity to understand workings within society, which are often covered up or ignored in the usual ways that the system works. This publication will explore the politics of affect and immanence in education that are revealed by the rupture points, and will provide a commentary on emergent educative life from within the holes that have been and will be produced by successive financial crashes.

Please send chapter proposals and biographical statements to: David Cole

September 14th, 2010 - 10:41am

CFP – Deleuze Studies Conference “Creation Crisis Critique”

Copenhagen 27-29 June 2011

Copenhagen Business School
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture

Call for Papers

The fourth annual International Deleuze Studies Conference intends to explore current conditions for creative critiques. In the searchlight are potentialities for responding to a seemingly permanent, yet persistently mutating crisis. The conference intends to assemble ways of conceiving the current plurality of crises – financial, ecological, political, existential, aesthetic – letting their bindings show, analyzing their displacements and their disguises, exacerbating them, perhaps indeed taking us deeper into them. A micropolitics of global society is in need of articulation; this makes us desire philosophy as ever before.

The texts of Gilles Deleuze, once restricted to specialists, the French public, and tenants of radical politics, are now being put to work everywhere, and seem far from having lost their momentum. His readers – whether they be academic scholars, activists, architects, artists, designers, managers, workers or just marginalized – face a world that beckons comprehensive recompositions through inventive action.

The current situation calls for a renewed critique, but also for something more. It calls for a creativity in questioning the world, in the position and solution of its problems. The very scope of the difficulties calls for transdisciplinary awareness and attention to disparaties. The multiple lines connecting heterogeneous systems articulate as many virtual passages between (to name but the most apparent) the ecological, educational, financial and political crises which play together with the crises particular to the arts, to architecture, and to design. This is why Copenhagen Business School, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and School of Visual Arts have joined forces in searching for a recomposition of the reception and application of Deleuze’s work.

Possible topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

- Aesthetics inside and outside art
- Urban planning and architecture
- Social science and organizational practice
- Creative Philosophy
- Capitalism and its continuous crises
- Nomadic politics and Social Sustainability
- Neuroscience and Culture
- Aesthetics of Life Sciences
- Methodological interfaces between science and the Humanities
- Gender and becoming

Length of presentations: max. 20 minutes. We welcome panel proposals.

Please submit your abstract (max. 200 words) and a short bio at www.deleuze-copenhagen.cbs.dk before the 1st of February, 2011.

All kinds of academics, non-academics, artists, workers, salespeople and freelancers should join up for this event, a philosophical Copenhagen Summit.

Confirmation of acceptance will be emailed before March 15th, 2011. Selections will take place on the basis of the number of panel presentations.

Deleuze Camp 5
Creative Critiques

Preceding the conference, students can participate in a summer school: The Deleuze Camp 5 ‘Creative Critiques’. The camp will take place from 20-24 June 2011 in Copenhagen. Places are limited.

For conference and/or camp registration and further information, please refer to our website, which also hosts a list of confirmed Plenary Speakers: www.deleuze-copenhagen.cbs.dk

September 14th, 2010 - 09:39am