Two Deleuze Studies Conference in 2013

I recently was told that two Deleuze Studies conferences will be taking place in 2013. The first conference is in Lisbon, Portugal and the second is in Taipei, Taiwan. The call for papers for the Taipei conference are detailed below, while the Lisbon conference will have information available soon.

CFP: The First International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference, Taipei, Taiwan

The English Department at Tamkang University, the publisher of the internationally renowned Tamkang Review, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting The First International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference on the theme Creative Assemblages, May 31- June 2, 2013, and, prior to the conference, the Deleuze Camp, May 25-29, 2013

Creative Assemblages

As one of the most important terms in Gilles Deleuze’s oeuvre, “assemblage” refers to the territory of an object along with its own regime of signs and pragmatic system. Yet assemblage also refers to the force of deterritorialization underlying the structure which is pending to be effectuated so that new connections can be established. In other words, the Deleuzian assemblage is not only a territorial gesture, framing its own territory but also a performative practice of carving out new routes of thinking. Most important of all, Deleuze and Guattari emphasize the epistemological sparks emanating from launching creatively the continual process of territorialization, deterritorialization and reterritorialization of assemblages.

Yet, where can we perceive assemblages? They are everywhere: human beings, as centers of indetermination, are assemblages of images, with which Deleuze “assembles” the brain with the screen, the world with the film to expound his philosophy of time. Even virtual assemblages on digital networks (email, facebook, twitter) in our quotidian life can be regarded as assemblages. Assemblages can be practical and political instead of just theoretical. In this light, to what extent can Deleuze’s philosophical thinking assist us to canvass various assemblages in prospect, and what is the assemblage between us and Deleuze in retrospect? Is it possible for us to theorize the new informatics sensibilia by formulating the dispositif of the horizontal/ rhizomatic assemblages? And apart from the superficial/ superfluous assemblages, is it possible to build any vertical but not arborescent assemblage?

Situating this notion in the contemporary world, we are seeking to form transdisciplinary assemblages in order to respond to and have dialogues with the present predicaments. Possible topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

1) Connections between Deleuze and Guattari's work;

2) Connections among all the different arts, including literature, film, music, architecture, etc.

3) Deleuzian Asian Assemblages;

4) Affect and Asian Aesthetics;

5) Image and Thought;

6) Deleuze and Gender;

7) Psychoanalysis and Schizoanalysis;

8) Creative betrayal of Deleuze;

9) Pros and Cons of Deleuze;

10) Ecology with/without Guattari;

11)  Digital Folds;

12) Translation as Expression.

Although we wait to hear from several invited speakers, currently confirmed speakers include:

Jeffrey A. Bell (Southeastern Louisiana University, U.S.A.)
Ian Buchanan (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Hsiao-hung Chang (Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Claire Colebrook (Pennsylvania State University, U.S. A.)
Jiang Yuhui (East China Normal University, China)
Kokubun Koichiro (Takasaki City University of Economics, Japan)
Alex Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung Hee University, South Korea)
Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam, Holland)
John Protevi (Louisiana State University, U.S.A.)
Anne Sauvagnargues (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France)
Kailin Yang (Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan)

If you are interested in presenting at this conference, submit panel proposals and/or individual abstracts (maximum 250 words) with your institutional affiliation and a short bio. The deadline for submission of abstracts for the conference is January 31, 2013. However, for early notification, you are encouraged to apply by September 1, 2012. The conference registration fee is US$180 for regular attendees, US$150 for early birds, and US$110 for students (the one-year subscription fee of Deleuze Studies in-built), including refreshments and lunch each day.

Prior to the conference, there will be a five-day Deleuze Camp. As spaces are limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Applications should include a short bio and a brief statement of one’s research interests in Deleuze. The camp registration fee is US$220.

The working language of the conference and the camp is English. The webpage of the academic events. will be available after March 25, 2012. For further inquiry, please contact Professor Hanping Chiu, the organizer, at

NOTE: Those who pay the registration fee of this conference can be exempted from the subscription fee of Deleuze Studies if they register for the 2013 Lisbon Deleuze Studies International Conference.


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