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International Conference on the work of Philosopher Gilles Deleuze to take place at Trent University: May 12-15

Monday, May 3, 2004, Peterborough

Conference Topics:

May 12: Intensive Science: philosophy of science faced with dynamic processes, morphogeneses, and multiple attractors.

May 13: Virtual Philosophy: virtuality, as a modal operator, and "flat ontologies".

May 14: Politics of Becoming: publics, counter-publics and the politics of becoming.

May 15: Arts and Affect: aesthetics of the affect.

The department of Philosophy at Trent University is holding an international conference between May 12 and 15, 2004 at Peter Gzowski College, on "Gilles Deleuze: Experimenting with Intensities: Science, Philosophy, Politics, the Arts."

Speakers, distinguished in their writings on the cutting edge of science, philosophy, politics and the arts, are from all over the world, and include Manola Antonioli, Veronique Bergen, Rosi Braidotti, Ian Buchanan, Claire Colebrook, William Connolly, Manuel DeLanda, Stefan Leclercq, Brian Massumi, Philippe Mengue, Dorothea Olkowski, Paul Patton, and Arnaud Villani.

"This international conference centres around the work of Gilles Deleuze - one of the most important French philosophers, after the generation of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. His work has been a sustained effort to create concepts capable of making the many and the disparate cohere and co-resonate with one another, without, in the process transforming them," says Prof. Constantin Boundas, conference organizer.

Deleuze was not fond of conferences or of the ideology of communication that often feeds them, says Prof. Boundas. As for encounters, though, Deleuze made them pivotal to his call for change and renewal. He thought of encounters as the meeting of things and people that differ from each other and yet, in coming together, they bring about a third something, which is neither the one nor the other, and yet somehow both.

"We want this conference to be such an encounter," says Prof. Boundas.

Trent University is the site of three international meetings on Deleuze's work - from the first international conference in North America at Trent in 1991, to its second conference in 1999, a few years after his death, to the present one.

This bilingual international conference is sponsored by the Trent Centre for Theory, Culture, and Politics, the Trent Philosophy Department, and the Canadian Association of Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought. The conference is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, the French Consulate Toronto, the President's Discretionary Fund, the Vice-President's Academic Discretionary Fund, the Political Studies Department, and the Women's Studies Program.


For further information, please contact Prof. Constantin V. Boundas, 748-1011, Ext. 7702.

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