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The Guattari Effect

Date:17 April 2008 to
18 April 2008
Location:Drawing Room, Mansion Building, Middlesex University, Trent Park, Bramley Road, London N14 4YZ

The Guattari Effect:
The Life and Work of Felix Guattari 1930-1992

Supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy

This two-day international conference, organized by the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University, will be the first devoted to the work of the French psychoanalyst, philosopher, and political activist Felix Guattari. Its primary aim will be to gauge the contemporary significance of a theorist whose status as an ‘extraordinary philosopher’ was proclaimed by his collaborator Gilles Deleuze. To that end, it will bring together 3 internationally renowned experts on Guattari (Gary Genosko, Brian Massumi, Peter Pal Pelbart) along with 6 other philosophers, psychoanalysts, historians, sociologists, anthropologists and artists, all of whom have been profoundly influenced by Guattari.

The goal will be to explore the full spectrum of Guattari’s work, from his early political engagement as an activist in the French mental health system, through to his critique of Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis and his conception of a ‘micro-politics of desire’ (which challenged the then dominant theoretical paradigm of ‘structure’ with the concept of ‘machine’), finally considering his later elaboration of a ‘new ethico-aesthetic paradigm’, where ‘subjectivity’ was to be considered ‘from the point of view of its production’.
While acknowledging the importance of Guattari’s influential collaborations with Gilles Deleuze (Anti-Oedipus, Kafka, A Thousand Plateaus, What is Philosophy?), one of the primary purposes of the conference will be to give due weight to Guattari’s own independent and highly innovative contributions to a variety of fields, including linguistics, pragmatics, aesthetics, ecology, architecture and media theory.

Among the questions the conference seeks to explore are: Why did Guattari turn his attention to these fields, and what did he produce in them? What forms did his activism take in the 1970s and 80s, and of what relevance are they today? Rare archival film and audio footage from these periods will be screened to accompany discussions of Guattari’s adventures in media activism.

Programme for day 1: 17 April

9.30-10.15
Registration & Coffee

10.15-10.30
Eric Alliez (CRMEP)
Introduction

10.30-11.15
Jean-Claude Polack (Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst)
'Analysis, Between Psycho and Schizo'

11.15-11.45
Discussion

11.45-12.30
Brian Massumi (University of Montreal)
‘Power to the Edge ’

12.30-1.00
Discussion

1.00-2.30
Lunch

2.30-3.15
Barbara Glowczewski (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
‘Passion According to Guattari: Attractors and Detractors in Anthropology’

3.15-3.45
Discussion

3.45-4.30
Gary Genosko (Lakehead University)
‘Banking on Felix: Refashioning Low Threshold Semiosis Through A-Signifying Particle Signs’

4.30-5.00
Discussion

5.00-5.15
Coffee break

5.15-6.00
Peter Pal Pelbart (Catholic University of Sao Paulo)
‘Re-Founding the Unconscious upon Deterritorialization’

6.00-6.30
Discussion

6.30-7.30
Reception (Nathie Sinelnikoff, piano: Guattarian Refrains)

Programme for day 2: 18 April

9.30-10.00 Registration & coffee

10.00-10.45
Christian Kerslake (CRMEP)
‘Guattari on Subjectivity and Institutions’

10.45-11.15
Discussion

11.15-12.00
Anne Sauvagnargues (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
‘Politics of the Face’

12.00-12.30
Discussion

12.30-2.00
Lunch

2.00-2.45
Stephen Zepke (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
'The Readymade Re-made: Towards a New Genealogy of Contemporary Art’

2.45-3.15
Discussion

3.15-4.00
Anne Querrien (Université de Paris XV-Evry Val d’Essone)
‘Mapping in an N-Dimensional Plane’

4.00-4.30
Discussion

4.30-4.45
Coffee

4.45-5.30
Franco Berardi (Academy of Fine Arts, Milan)
‘Expression, Repression, Depression ’

5.30-6.00
Closing discussion

Speakers

Franco Berardi, Academy of Fine Arts, Milan
'Expression, Repression, Depression’

Dr Gary Genosko, Lakehead University
‘Banking on Félix: Refashioning Low Threshold Semiosis Through A-Signifying Particle-Signs’

Professor Barbara Glowczewski, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris
‘Passion According to Guattari: Attractors and Detractors in Anthropology’

Dr Christian Kerslake, CRMEP
'Leclaire and Guattari on the Death-Drive'
Professor Brian Massumi, University of Montreal
‘Power to the Edge’

Professor Peter Pal Pelbart, Catholic University of Sao Paolo
‘Re-founding the Unconscious upon Deterritorialization’

Jean-Claude Polack, Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst
'Analysis, Between Psycho and Schizo'

Dr. Anne Querrien, Université de Paris XV-Evry Val d'Essonne
‘Mapping in an N-Dimensional Plane’

Dr. Anne Sauvagnargues, École Normale Supérieure
‘Politics of the Face’

Dr. Stephen Zepke, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna 'The Readymade Re-made: Towards a New Genealogy of Contemporary Art’

Abstracts

Footage presentation

Archive documentary footage of Guattari, Tosquelles, Oury and Laing, and other luminaries from the movement of Institutional Analysis will be on display during the lunch period on both days, along with archive printed material and information about Guattari’s work. The exhibition and screening will be in the Saloon, adjacent to the Drawing Room. Access to the Saloon will be via the door which is at the back of the Drawing Room. The organizers would like to thank François Pain for arranging the screening of the documentary material.

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