Contact us

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Transdisciplinarity Project, Workshop 2

Date:22 March 2012, 10:00am to
23 March 2012, 6:00pm
Location:French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT

Case Studies 1. Transdisciplinary Texts: Dialectic of Enlightenment and Capitalism and Schizophenia

This two-day Workshop will examine the transdisciplinary dynamics and modes of concept construction of two now-classic transdisciplinary texts from the mid–late twentieth century, one from each of the German and French traditions: Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944; 1947) and Deleuze & Guattari’s two-volume Capitalism and Schizophenia (1972 & 1980). Written at strongly contrasting moments in European history – in the wake of fascism and of May 68, respectively – these two texts are in many ways emblematic of the national philosophical traditions from which they emerged: the one dialectical, the other anti-dialectical. Yet they are also texts that are profoundly ‘infected’ by their philosophical others – various early 20th-century anthropologies in particular – in their constructions of histories of the subject and the subject-function. And they share certain general methodological features in common: programmatic anti-systematicity and the writing practice of dual authorship, for example. They have also both been subjected to an increasingly global reception.

The Workshop aims to concentrate on the mechanisms and modes of generality/universality involved in the disciplinary dynamics of the two texts (their ‘models’ of transdisciplinarity); to consider the limitations associated with their historical formations; and to identify the continuing productivity of their afterlives, associated with their insertion into new geo-political contexts.

Day 1: Anti-systematic Systematicity: Negative Anthropology and Dual Authorship in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment

  • Introduction: Peter Osborne (CRMEP, Kingston University)
  • Ackbar Abbas (Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine)
  • Marc Berdet (Sociology, University of Paris 1)
  • Esther Leslie (English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Nancy S. Love (Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University, NC)
  • Howard Caygill (CRMEP, KIngston University)

Day 2: Transversality: Experimentation and Dual Authorship in Deleuze & Guattari’s Capitalism and Schizophenia

  • Introduction: Éric Alliez (CRMEP, Kingston/Philosophy, University of Paris 8)
  • Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, Universiy of London)
  • Stephan Nadaud (l'hôpital de Ville-Évrard, Seine-Saint-Denis)
  • Dorothea Olkowski (Philosophy & Women’s Studies, University of Colorado)
  • Patricia Pisters (Philosophy, University of Amsterdam)


Further reading

Audio recording

Listen to a recording of the talk

More information

Marketing & Events Officer
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2853

No items to display