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Symposium on Deleuze, Guattari and China

23 May 2012 (09:15-19:00)

The International Communications department will hold a one day interdisciplinary symposium on May 23rd 2012 exploring the work and theories of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. The goal of the ‘Deleuze, Guattari and China’ Symposium is to begin a dialogue regarding the potential and practical applications of Deleuze and Guattari’s thought models and concepts to (and in) the Chinese context. In the spirit of the authors this promises to be a stimulating interdisciplinary event. Papers will cover, but not be limited to, themes surrounding translation, politics, cinema, art, aesthetics, philosophy, time, memory, remembrance, as well transmutating notions of space/place, capitalism (with and without ‘Asian values’), control and wellbeing, change and becomings. Deleuze and Guattari’s most famous and influential philosophical collaboration Mille Plateaux (1980)/A Thousand Plateaus (1988) was translated into Chinese for the first time in 2010 by Jiang Yuhui of East China Normal University. Jiang Yuhui and leading international scholars working in different disciplines will share their research and experience of working with Deleuze and Guattari in the Chinese context.

Select Speakers:

Jiang Yuhui (East China Normal University, Philosophy department) translator of A Thousand Plateaus into Chinese in 2010.

John Marks is Associate Professor (Reader) in French at the University of Nottingham. He has written on contemporary French philosophy and social theory, with a particular interest in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. He is currently completing a book entitled Discourses of Molecular Biology in France, which will be published by Ashgate in 2013.

Robert Porter (University of Ulster), a leading Media scholar who specialises in aesthetics, politics and ideology. His books include Dramatising the Political; Deleuze and Guattari (2011), Deleuze and Guattari: Aesthetics and Politics (2009), and Ideology: Contemporary Social, Political and Cultural Theory (2006).

Iain MacKenzie (University of Kent) works on modern politics and aesthetics through a Deleuzian lens. He has co-authored Dramatising the Political; Deleuze and Guattari (2011) with Robert Porter, and has also published Politics: Key Concepts in Philosophy (2009) and The Idea of Pure Critique (2004). 

David Martin-Jones is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at The University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research engages with film-philosophy, in relation to world cinemas. He is the author of Deleuze, Cinema and National Identity (2006), Deleuze Reframed (2008), Scotland: Global Cinema (2009), Deleuze and World Cinemas (2011), and co-editor of Cinema at the Periphery (2010) and Deleuze and Film (2012). He is a member of the editorial boards of Deleuze Studies, Film-Philosophy and A/V: The Journal of Deleuzian Studies.



Summary program

Morning Session:

Venue: UNNC International Conference Center

 09.15  Opening and Welcome:  David H. Fleming

 09.30 - 10.30 Keynote: Jiang Yuhui ‘On Translating Deleuze, Guattari and Philosophy’

 10.30 – 11. 00 Break

Venue: UNNC International Conference Center

 11.00 – 13.00 Plenary Session ‘Politics and Aesthetics’ (3 x 30 mins)

John Marks: ‘Developing Deleuze’s Concept of Control Societies: debt, addiction, accountability’

Iain MacKenzie: 'Dramatization as Critical Method'

Robert Porter: ‘Dramatizing the Political: Deleuze and Guattari’

 13.15 – 1415 Lunch

Afternoon Sessions:

Venue: UNNC International Conference Center

 14.15 – 16. 15 Panel: Working with D&G in China (4 x 20 mins paper)

David H Fleming: ‘Disremembering China: Deleuze and the Sineo-Realist Break?’

Yun Hua Chen ‘Deleuze and Hou's Chinese landscape’

Hermann TBC

Shih-wei Hsu: TBC

 16.15 – 17.00 Break

Evening Session:

Teaching Building Room 329


* 17.15 – 18.45:

Keynote: David Martin-Jones Remembering China, Remembering the Body: Deleuze’s Cinema books and the recollection-image in Chinese martial arts films.

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