Deleuze / Guattari Studies in Asia:

7th International Conference, Tokyo, 2019

Camp: 17-19 June 2019, 3331 arts chiyoda, 6-11-14, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku

Conference: 21-23 June 2019, University of Tokyo Komaba Campus, 3-8-1, Komaba, Meguro-ku


ABOUT

Following the inaugural Deleuze Studies in Asia meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2013, the Deleuze/Guattari camp and conference has been hosted successfully in Manipal (India), Osaka (Japan), Seoul (Korea), Singapore and most recently Naga (The Philippines). It returns to the Japanese archipelago in 2019. This event remains the premier philosophical organ for Deleuze and Guattari studies in Asia and its transdisciplinary membership continues to contribute significantly to other Deleuze and Guattari gatherings across the world. With this in mind, and on the singularly precious occasion of Tokyo’s 2019 camp and conference, we shall continue the indefatigable spirit of former meetings to exchange ideas, to discuss and to think about Deleuze and Guattari in new and challenging ways.

All kindred open, serious and joyful thinkers are welcome, from whatever discipline for Deleuze and Guattari’s thought remains the only true and open contemporary philosophy.

In accordance with previous events, the summer school or camp will take place before the Deleuze / Guattari conference proper.

In a welcoming, supportive atmosphere, the camp will be held at the art space ‘3331 Arts Chiyoda’, where leading intellectuals and scholars regularly give lectures on philosophy, politics, cinema, art, psychoanalysis and medical science.

We are planning several extracurricular activities including a workshop on Noh theatre (classical Japanese drama), and a young artists’ exhibition inspired by Deleuze’s philosophy. This dual focus will reconstruct the old and new, high and low, young and old, in a deliberately affirmative, joyous and celebratory Deleuzian mode.

The conference proper will be held at University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, which remains a trailblazer of philosophy in the metropolis and beyond.

Here, global Deleuze experts have been invited to give keynotes and lectures, including the English translator of Levinas and Merleau-Ponty, Alphonso Lingis, whose deep and much-celebrated thought has developed a singular and inspiring Deleuze-inflected phenomenology.

The theme for the conference is ‘War Machine, Conflict, Coexistence’. Why? Because we live in a world where the concept ‘war machine’ has now become so miserably commonplace and anodyne. How? In two respects: 1) the contemporary globalized form of capitalism has overwhelmed national economies and; 2) terrorism has replaced traditional forms of state-war. As such, conflicts are so pervasive on a global scale yet often elude traditional social, political and economic schematics.

In the play of perceptible and imperceptible, how should or can we coexist in such a world? How does the work of Deleuze and Guattari assist this new relation? One problem arises. As the idea of coexistence is not explicitly explored in their philosophy, how can we respond to this conspicuous lacuna? Given this bottleneck of reason, it is exceedingly timely to think contemporary geo-political problems and ideas from the perspective of Deleuze and/or Guattari. Our task is to begin thinking again; to shed another dogmatic image of thought.

Given this crisis and amid such devastating conflict, we are asking conference delegates to think about the concept of coexistence in a Deleuzian way. We are in search for nothing less than a new paradigm or image of thought.

Yet in a deliberate sense, the 2019 Deleuze and Guattari event and project in Tokyo remains open to those not determined as ‘Deleuzians’ or ‘Guattarians’. In any event, we have never been Deleuzians and Guattarians. Faced with this provocative disavowal, we are inviting forms of non-philosophy to counter the sclerotic impulses of dogmatic thinking.

The committee of the 2019 Deleuze and Guattari in Asia conference wants our joint moment to be one for witnessing and understanding the multiple theoretical conflicts surrounding Deleuze/Guattari Studies.

We are not aiming for a communion of self-same herd thinking, another yeah saying for whatever absurd purpose, but rather a veritable explosion of difference.

As such, the continuous construction-reconstruction of the intellectual assemblage of the Deleuze and Guattari Studies in Asia Conference means that its membership is steadfastly not a parochial fanclub. It remains doggedly radical, global and Deleuzian through and through.

We are a gathering for discussing and thinking in a fundamental and rigorous sense, in the resplendent open and chaotic sense which the brilliance of Deleuze and Guattari’s joint philosophy demands.

Do take inspiration from the following: « Ce qui est premier dans la pensée, c’est l’effraction, la violence, c’est l’ennemi, et rien ne suppose la philosophie, tout part d’une misosophie. » (Gille Deleuze, Différence et répetition, PUF, p.181-182)

TIMELINE

CAMP

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Just before the conference, 17-19 June 2019, we are going to hold a summer school “Deleuze/Guattari Camp” at an Art Center in Tokyo (3331 arts chiyoda, 6-11-14, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku)

This event, although not part of the Conference, is however closely connected to it. Famous Deleuzian scholars from all over the world and Japan will give lectures in a very friendly atmosphere.

Camp also includes some extracurricular activities.

There will be a workshop on Japanese Noh play (traditional Japanese theatre in which songs, dance, and mime are performed by people wearing masks), entirely designed by National Noh Theatre.

There will also be a visit to the exhibition of Deleuze-inspired young Japanese artists’ artwork. You can join both the Camp and Conference or either of them.

Camp 3331 arts chiyoda, 6-11-14, Sotokanda. Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

CONFERENCE

21-23 June 2019,

Conference University of Tokyo Komaba Campus, 3-8-1, Komaba. Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Exhibition: Between figure and contour

period: 17th[Mon] - 23th[Sun] June 2019. 10:00-21:00
venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda, 1F rounge.
artists: Shingo Aruga, Shuhei Ise, Haruchi Osaki, Yuko Ozawa+Masaru Aikawa, Goro Murayama.

The 7th Deleuze/Guattari Studies in Asia Conference will be held in Tokyo. The event is composed of a summer school or “camp” and the actual conference. The director of the conference is philosopher Koichiro Kokubun.

Deleuze is a philosopher who had a significant impact on art and art theory. To present these resonances in art, there will be an exhibition of works inspired by Deleuze and/or Guattari by five young artists at the conference venue, 3331 Art Chiyoda in Akihabra, during the conference period.

Concept:

Deleuze and Guattari’s texts are read not only to expand discursive space but also to apply them to practice. In this exhibition, artists read a part of Deleuze and Guattari’s texts to proceed from reading and interpretation to the production of a work. The exhibition will showcase the works as well as short essays by the artists that explain the thought processes that they have gone through. The participating artists engage with diverse forms of expression including painting, video, installation, poetry, and workshops. This is an attempt to make a step forward towards the coming philosophy and art, starting with the creativity of young artists who respond to the growing breadth of research on Deleuze and Guattari.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Ian Buchanan (professor, University of Wollongong)
  • Anne Sauvagnargues (professor, Université de Paris 10 Nanterre)
  • Gregory Flaxman (associate professor, University of North Carolina)
  • Alfonso Lingis (Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University)
  • Alexander Galloway (associate professor, New York University)
  • Felicity Colman (professor, Kingston University)​

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deleuze / Guattari Studies in Asia: 7th International Conference, Tokyo, 2019 21-23 June 2019, University of Tokyo Komaba Campus, 3-8-1, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN

THEME: War Machine, Conflict, Coexistence

The theme for the conference is ‘War Machine, Conflict, Coexistence’. Why? Because we live in a world where the concept ‘war machine’ has now become so miserably commonplace and anodyne. The cooptation and recuperation of the concept by the naysayers of reason threaten to deradicalize Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy. How? In two respects: 1) the contemporary globalized form of capitalism has overwhelmed national economies and; 2) terrorism has replaced traditional forms of state-war. As such, conflicts are pervasive on a global scale yet often elude traditional social, political and economic schematics.

In the play of perceptible and imperceptible, how should or can we coexist in such a world? What does it mean to think the world and coexistence within it. Are we without a world? Are we embroiled within toxic relations of an unworld. How does the work of Deleuze and Guattari assist this new relation? The conference aims to answer this question. Yet one problem arises. As the idea of coexistence is not explicitly explored in their philosophy, how can we respond to this conspicuous lacuna? Given this bottleneck of reason, it is exceedingly timely to think contemporary geo-political problems and ideas from the perspective of Deleuze and/or Guattari. Our task is to begin thinking again; to shed a dogmatic image of thought and to inspire a new comportment to the world. Given this crisis and amid such devastating conflict, we are asking conference delegates to think about the concept of coexistence in a specifically Deleuzian and Guattarian way. We are in search for nothing less than a new paradigm or image of thought. ​

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, 31st December 2018
Deadline extended to Monday, 14th January 2019
DEADLINE EXIT
Thank you all for applying!!


Themes for the include:
  • Asia
  • Assemblage​
  • Becoming
  • Bodies-without-Organs
  • Capitalism
  • Cinema
  • Coexistence
  • Conflict
  • Creation
  • Democracy
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Fascism
  • Greek Philosophy
  • Human Nature
  • Japan
  • Language
  • Lines of Flight
  • Literature
  • Media
  • Music
  • Neoliberalism
  • New Materialism
  • Object-Oriented Ontology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychology
  • Quantum Theory
  • Religion
  • Rhizomes
  • State
  • Speculative Realism
  • Time
  • War
  • World Order
  • and X.

Please submit your abstract (maximum 250 words) and your brief biographical and institutional details (100 - 200 words) by the 31st Dec 2018 through submission form.

For panel proposals, please submit through panel proposal submission form.

REGISTRATION

Conference

Registration for the 7th Deleuze / Guattari Studies in Asia Conference, 21-23 June 2019.

Conference registration includes lunch, coffee service and the welcome dinner (21 June). It also includes a one-year paper and online subscription to the Deleuze & Guattari Studies journal. https://dgs2019.wordpress.com/ Please note that your contact details will be passed on to Edinburgh University Press so they can process your journal subscription, mail you the printed journal and send you an online access token. Edinburgh University Press will hold your details for the purposes of processing your annual journal subscription. If in future, your contact details change or you do not want your details held by Edinburgh University Press, please make your request in writing to journals@eup.ed.ac.uk. You can also view Edinburgh University Press’s privacy policy at https://www.euppublishing.com/privacy-policy.

    • Early Bird Fee(~3/15)

    • Normal

    • Late(4/15~)

    • Student

    • ¥20,000

    • Others

    • ¥23,000

    • ¥25,000

    • ¥28,000

Your delegate fee includes a subscription to the quarterly journal, Deleuze and Guattari Studies, published by Edinburgh University Press. Please note that your contact details will be passed on to Edinburgh University Press so they can process your journal subscription, mail you the printed journal and send you an online access token. Edinburgh University Press will hold your details for the purposes of processing your annual journal subscription. If in future, your contact details change or you do not want your details held by Edinburgh University Press, please make your request in writing to journals@eup.ed.ac.uk. You can also view Edinburgh University Press’s privacy policy at https://www.euppublishing.com/privacy-policy.

Camp

Registration for the 7th Deleuze / Guattari Studies in Asia Camp, 17-19 June 2019. Camp registration includes lunch, coffee service and the gala dinner (19 June).

    • Early Bird Fee(~3/15)

    • Normal

    • Late(4/15~)

    • Student

    • ¥10,000

    • Others

    • ¥13,000

    • ¥15,000

    • ¥18,000

ACCOMMODATION

Thank you for your registration to the 7th Deleuze / Guattari Studies in Asia Conference.

We can offer specially priced accommodation for students (Yoyogi Olympic Center : 5500 JPY par night). If you are an undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral student or unwaged, and if you wish to stay there, please complete this form.

CONFERENCE DIRECTOR

  • Koichiro Kokubun (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

  • Masaya Chiba (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Joff P.N. Bradley (Teikyo University)
  • Ian Buchanan (University of Wollongong)

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

CONTACT

Email: deleuzetokyo2019@gmail.com

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