Four Deleuze Conferences in 2012

I find it amazing that there will be not just one or two, but four (4!) conferences based on the thought of philosopher Gilles Deleuze. When I began my Ph.D. in 2006 there weren’t any specific conferences that focused on this philosopher. The following year the annual Deleuze Studies conference began, in conjunction with the journal of the same name. Now a few years later, I am surprised at the explosion of interest in this one philosopher’s work.

I think it is great that there are now more scholars interested in Deleuze’s work as there is much to be learned and activated from his thought. Yet I am also worried that with so many conferences emerging there is a risk that this strict focus on his work may bring about a territorialization of knowledge, which could potentially close the lines of flight he advocated us to follow. Deleuze always thought with other thinkers (Guattari, Leibniz, Foucault), artists (Bacon, cinema as a whole), writers (Proust, Melville, Caroll), etc. Deleuze never generated his thought in a vacuum. His concepts emerged through these collaborations with others. There is duplicity to his thought that is activated in these collaborations that generates more than what any one of them could create alone. Having so many people potentially focusing on just Deleuze’s work (or his contributions within a collaboration – if that is even possible) is important, but there also needs to be room for new collaborations with his work to emerge. This is why I am glad to read that each of the call for papers for the conferences listed below is open to papers that go beyond a strict reading of Deleuze’s work.

Unfortunately the call for papers for one of these conferences is due tomorrow.

#1 – 2012 Kaifeng International Deleuze Conference

May 18,2012–May 21,2012

Henan University

Kaifeng, Henan, China

2012 Kaifeng International Deleuze Conference is organized in collaboration with:University of New South Wales International Office.

Confirmed Speakers include:

We welcome individual abstracts as well as panel proposals from scholars both at home and abroad. Those interested in participating in the conference should send a title, keywords and abstract to 2012kdic@gmail.combefore October, 31, 2011. Those interested in proposing panel topics should send panel proposals before October 31, 2011. Attendance at the conference will be limited so a selection will be made on the basis of abstracts submitted.

Conference fee: 150€, with half discount for MA and PhD candidates. Early birds will enjoy a 20% discount if paid before December 31, 2011. The conference fee will include meals, but not accommodation and other individual expenses. Excursions to Shaolin Temple will cost another 30€, and visits to Kaifeng City another 10€.

For further information, please contact Yin Jing at:, or visit our conference website at

#2 – Deleuze, Philosophy, Transdisciplinarity
Goldsmiths, 10th-11th February

Invited Speakers: Eric Alliez, Miguel de Beistegui, John Mullarkey, Laura Cull, Christian Kerslake, Thomas Baldwin, Iain MacKenzie, Nathan Widder, Andrew Goffey

Funded by Goldsmiths University of London and the University of Kent

We are now entering a new phase of Deleuze studies which seeks to understand the specificity of Deleuze’s mode of philosophising. This is necessary, firstly in order to establish an account of his work’s developments and ruptures which is neither reductive nor partisan, and secondly, to be able to better situate Deleuze within the context of contemporary thought. While the concept of immanence has recently been seized upon as the way of measuring Deleuze’s philosophical development (Kerslake, 2009; Beistegui, 2010), this conference would like to shift the focus to another yet closely interrelated problematic, which is the concept of philosophy and its essential relation to transdisciplinarity.

What precisely does Deleuze understand by the term ‘philosophy’? In The Logic of Sense, Deleuze states that ‘Philosophy merges with ontology, but ontology merges with the univocity of Being’ (p. 205, Continuum, 2004). Does philosophy have privileged access to a univocal Being that is itself non-philosophical, and which subsumes not only philosophy but also philosophy’s preconditions – what The Logic of Sense refers to as the ‘sciences’ of phenomenology and psychoanalysis, as well as art? Does Deleuze and Guattari’s re-formulation of this problematic in What is Philosophy? contradict the earlier Deleuze when it appears to posit a more extrinsic relation – or interference – between philosophy, science, and art, all three of which open up to Chaos, which they claim is equally distinct from the preconditions of philosophy, science and art (nonphilosophy, nonscience, nonart)? Are we to understand Deleuze’s concept of philosophy as essentially and inherently transdisciplinary, and if so, how? What is at stake here is the possibility of establishing a ‘common ethico-aesthetic discipline’ (Guattari, Continuum, 2000) and the role of philosophy in such a project.

We aim to have a wide range of papers converging on the concept of philosophy found in Deleuze’s work and dialoguing with the problems we have alluded to. Suggested paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Deleuze and the history of philosophy: his methodology, his conception of the history of philosophy, his readings of specific philosophers and thinkers, and the light this sheds on his concept of philosophy
– The place of art in Deleuze’s philosophy
– The place of science and logic in Deleuze’s philosophy
– Deleuze and non-philosophy, and the role of the pre/post-philosophical in Deleuze’s concept of philosophy
– Shifts in Deleuze’s readings of particular philosophers, and more generally in Deleuze’s own concept of philosophy, throughout his career
– The critical assessment of Guattari’s influence on Deleuze’s philosophy

Please send abstracts (350 words) and a short biography to by 15th December 2011

#3 – Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze and Guattari and the Arts

May 4-6, 2012
King’s University College and The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada


Constantin Boundas (Trent University)

Dorothea Olkowski (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)

Jay Lampert (University of Guelph)

More to be announced….

The Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy, King’s University College, along with the McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western Ontario invite proposals and submissions for a conference focusing on the intersection of the work of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and the arts.

We seek to explore:

  • Critical assessments of Deleuze and Guattari’s aesthetic theory
  • The legacy of and contemporary engagement with key themes and concepts of the Deleuzo-Guattarian philosophical framework as they come to bear upon and are influenced by the arts, including literature, film, poetry, music, dance, aesthetic theory, visual and media arts, painting and sculpture. Art here is broadly understood.
  • The connection between Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy and art, and how they may be used to further discussion of contemporary issues in politics, economics, environmental studies, social theory and philosophy.

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, and performance pieces. Abstracts should be between 500-750 words.

Please send all abstracts and inquiries to:

Antonio Calcagno, PhD
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
King’s University College
266 Epworth Avenue
London, ON N6A 2M3
CANADA (Email preferred)
Tel: 519-433-3491 x 4533
Fax: 519-433-0353

DEADLINE: December 15, 2011

#4 – Deterritorializing Deleuze

June18-22 (workshop), June 25-27 (conference)

The Fifth International Deleuze Studies Conference, “Deterritorializing Deleuze,” is being organized in coordination with

Southeastern Louisiana University, Department of History and Political Science
Tulane University Department of Philosophy

Although we wait to hear from several invited speakers, currently confirmed speakers include (among others):

Brent Adkins
Jeffrey Bell
Ronald Bogue
Levi Bryant
Ian Buchanan
Claire Colebrook
Gary Genosko
Eugene Holland
Joe Hughes
Eleanor Kaufman
Gregg Lambert
Mary Beth Mader
Catarina Pombo Nabais
Paul Patton
Patricia Pisters
John Protevi
Anne Sauvagnargues
Daniel Smith
Charles Stivale
James Williams

Individual abstracts as well as panel proposals are welcomed at this point and until the submission deadline, which is March 31, 2012. We will also have a mixture of plenary panels and quasi-plenary panels (with only three concurrent panels) on themes appropriate to this year’s theme, Deterritorializing Deleuze. There will thus be, for example, panels on Deleuze and architecture, Deleuze and literature, Deleuze and music, Deleuze and the philosophical tradition, etc. We especially welcome submissions that push Deleuze’s (and Guattari’s) thought in these directions along others that are not listed.

The conference registration fee has yet to be determined, though it will be listed here when it has been. Deadline for registration fees will be June 1, though fees will be discounted for those who pay on or before May 15.

Summer Workshop

Prior to the conference we will have the 6th Annual Deleuze Camp. Spaces are limited so it is recommended that those interested submit their application and registration fee ($225.00) to the Conference organizer by February 1. Applications should include a brief statement of one’s research interests in Deleuze. Selection is made on a first-come first-serve basis. There is also the possibility for presenting a brief 15-minute summary of one’s research work during the workshop. If you are interested in doing so, please make sure to state your desire to do so and provide some detail of what you will be discussing. Applicants will be notified by March 1 whether they will be allotted one of the open-mic slots.

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