Transdisciplinary Texts: Dialectic of Enlightenment and Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Audio)

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy

Presents:

Transdisciplinarity and the Humanities: Problems, Methods, Histories, Concepts
2011–2013 (AHRC 914469)

Workshop 2

Case Studies 1 – Transdisciplinary Texts: Dialectic of Enlightenment and Capitalism and Schizophrenia

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

Welcome by Philippe Lane (Attaché for Higher Education) .

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Introduction: Peter Osborne (CRMEP, Kingston University)

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Ackbar Abbas (Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine) – Adorno and the Weather: Critical Theory in an Era of Climate Change
[AUDIO HERE]
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Nancy S. Love (Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University, NC) – ‘Why Do the Sirens Sing?’ Collaborating, Configuring and Categorizing with Dialectic of Enlightenment
[AUDIO HERE]
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Marc Berdet (Sociology, University of Paris 1) – Institute of Social Research versus College of Sociology: An Anthropological Dispute
[AUDIO HERE]
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Esther Leslie (English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London) – Transdisciplinary Reflexes, Trans-species Reflexes
[AUDIO HERE]
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Howard Caygill (CRMEP, KIngston University) – Response to Berdet and Leslie

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

Introduction: Éric Alliez (CRMEP, Kingston/Philosophy, University of Paris VIII)

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Dorothea Olkowski (Philosophy & Women’s Studies, University of Colorado) – Deleuze and Guattari: Capitalism and Sovereign Freedom
[AUDIO HERE]
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Stephan Nadaud (l’hôpital de Ville-Évrard, Seine-Saint-Denis) – Is the Collective Assemblage of Enunciation Humanly Possible?
[AUDIO HERE]
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Patricia Pisters (Philosophy, University of Amsterdam) – “With Full Reciprocity”: Transdisciplinary War Machines
[AUDIO HERE]
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Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, Universiy of London) – Credit and Critique
[AUDIO HERE]
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