Workshop on ‘ONTOLOGY OF SENSE AND DIFFERENCE’

We, at Queen Mary University of London, are organising an event on Deleuze and Politics with two leading professors: Nathan Widder and Paul Patton. It is a workshop called:

‘ONTOLOGY OF SENSE AND DIFFERENCE: DELEUZE’S PHILOSOPHY AS METHOD FOR POLITICAL ANALYSIS’.

The aim of the workshop is first to discuss some of the principal elements in Deleuze’s theory, consistently covering his ontology of Sense and Difference, and, secondly, to examine such theoretical oeuvre as a practical method for political analysis. The course consists of a two-day workshop for PhD students, early career researchers, and academics interested in developing a deeper understanding on Deleuze’s theory, both in his solo production and with Guattari.

Each day of the course consists of two sessions lasting two and a half hours and will be led by an expert in Deleuze’s philosophy and politics. On the first day, the sessions will be led by Professor Nathan Widder (Royal Holloway), author of Political Theory after Deleuze, and, on the second day by Professor Paul Patton (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia), who translated Deleuze’s book Difference and Repetition into English and wrote the books Deleuze and the Political and Deleuzian Concepts: Philosophy, Colonization, Politics. The sessions will be organized around texts by Deleuze, both alone and with Guattari, but also around secondary literature that focuses on the usage of such a theory for political analysis. Participants will be sent a reading list in advance of the course and will be asked to do a number of set readings.

At the end of the course, the participants will have knowledge of the philosophical assumptions behind Deleuze’s approach, its implications for questions surrounding the usage of methods in the social sciences and humanities, and the use of such approach for concrete political analysis.

Monday, 27th July 2015
Led by Nathan Widder – Professor of Political Theory at Royal Holloway University, London

First session (9:30am – 12:30pm): Difference in itself and power relations: of the rise of the agonistic field.

Coffee break (10:45am – 11:15am).

Second Session (1:30pm – 5pm): The time of the Event: between Virtual and Actual.

Coffee break (2:45pm – 3:15pm).

Tuesday, 28th July 2015
Led by Paul Robert Patton – Professor of Philosophy in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Third Session (9:30am – 12:30pm): Deleuze’s theory of assemblages: between the molar and the molecular.

Coffee break (10:45am – 11:15am).

Fourth session (1:30pm – 5pm): The Urstaat, contemporary Capitalism and affective politics. (2:45pm – 3:15pm).

Coffee break (2:45pm – 3:15pm).

Registration is mandatory due to the few places available.
Please follow the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ontology-of-sense-and-difference-deleuzes-philosophy-as-method-for-political-analysis-tickets-16951990861

Further information on: https://www.facebook.com/TheoryLABQM?fref=ts
and on

https://www.academia.edu/12346547/Ontology_of_Sense_and_Difference_Deleuzes_philosophy_as_method_for_political_analysis

Matheus Lock
PhD Candidate
School of Politics & International Relations
Queen Mary University of London

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