Machinic Ecologies



Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference #5 ~ The Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference is a conference intended to bring together scholars, students, activists, artists, and others working on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.

Each year, the conference is hosted at a different university in the Netherlands. In 2016 the conference is organized by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis of the University of Amsterdam. We will focus this year on Deleuze’s work with Guattari and on the transversal relations to Guattari’s own work.

Organisers: Halbe Kuipers, Nur Ozgenalp, Patricia Pisters

In A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze and Guattari discuss their concept of the war machine in relation to weapons and tools that are defined in an ‘ecosystem’ which is traversed by a ‘machinic phylum’. Deleuze and Guattari see the machinic phylum as technological lineage (for instance, the iron sword descending from the dagger, the steel saber descending from the knife). Whether something becomes a weapon or a tool depends on the specific assemblages these metallurgical machines enter into. When Deleuze and Guattari speak of ‘ecosystems’ these are to be understood as the triply folded and complexly interwoven system of what Guattari has called the ‘three ecologies’ of environmental, social and mental ecologies. The connection and synthesis of these heterogeneous ecologies Deleuze and Guattari term ‘machinic’ (ATP 330) Therefore the metallurgical transformations of the machinic phylum have to be thought in ever changing and heterogeneous machinic assemblages, from materiality of the earth to our social life and collective and individual consciousness. We aim to get a deeper understanding of the power and necessity of Deleuze and Guattari’s machinic ecosophy in a techno-permeated world.

We welcome contributions on topics related to the various ways in which we connect to our metals, minerals, and technologies in this three folded ‘machinic’ ecologies. We welcome contributions from philosophy, science and arts that may include (but are not limited to) the philosophical lineage of Simondon and Bateson in the work of Deleuze and Guattari, the anthropology and politics of (urban) mining, ecocinema or other art practices and media ecologies.


Conference-fee: Free participation.

NB: All participants will be required to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Location: University of Amsterdam, exact locations will be announced with the program.

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