deleuze and guattari and africa: southern responses

15-16 JULY, UCT, CAPE TOWN

A TWO DAY CONFERENCE ON PHILOSOPHERS GILLES DELEUZE AND FÉLIX GUATTARI
AND THEIR RELEVANCE FOR AFRICA, WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
IAN BUCHANAN, ROSI BRAIDOTTI, PAUL PATTON AND CLAIRE COLEBROOK

Dogon egg

The egg, symbol of the Dogon people of Mali, used by Deleuze and Guattari as an example of the “body without organs”.

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.

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