The Deleuze Studies in India Collective (DSIC) is a group formed of voluntary membership for the popularization of Deleuzian philosophy and related promotional activities like conferences, workshops, discussions etc within India. It is affiliated to the international journal, Deleuze Studies, presently edited by Ian Buchanan. The initiatives of the collective are greatly supported by the philosophers, scholars, and activists associated with the Deleuze Studies. Though the immediate setting of its activities is within India, the agendas of DSIC are guided by a broad-based, cosmopolitan and interdisciplinary perspective in tune with the universal vision of Deleuzian philosophy.
The foremost objective of the collective is to expedite a pragmatic engagement between the resources of Deleuzo-Guattarian philosophy and the multifaceted aspects and problems of Indian society, culture and philosophy. This endeavor is bolstered by three singular merits of the Deleuzian system. Firstly, the latter has offered a dynamic, differential and emergent model of reality, which substantially devalues the formalist, essentialist, and transcendent perspectives of established philosophy and human sciences. Secondly, the Deleuzian system gives as much importance to the “non-philosophical” as to the philosophical in its investigations and theorizations, which saves it from disciplinary paralysis and narrow idealizations. Its strength becomes clearly evident from the profound forays that are made into a widely distributed areas like cinema, literature, science, philosophy, architecture, painting, informatics, embryology, geometry, posthumanism and so on. What is noteworthy here is that even while involving with a set of dispersed areas, driven by a nomadic flair, the sharpness of the philosophic probe-head is not compromised. Thirdly, the élan of Deleuzian system is articulated on a radically new set of concepts, which is peculiarly folded with a number of disciplines and methodological enquiries.
The proposal of Deleuzian philosophy as a proven paradigm for understanding India and its ethos is also made here with the clear awareness of the nuances and contradictions rife in the area of production of knowledge in India. As is well known, the Indian reality is being subjected to all sorts of analyses, mediations, projections and manipulations at present. The disciplinary models, paradigms, and canons brought into the service of this great task are profuse. Whilst looking forward to dialogue, friendship and co-involvement with other forms of enquiry that engage India, we also look forward to build up a valid and vigorous alternative to the styles of thinking and forms of analyses that have proven inadequate in India at present. Only Deleuzism with its differential ontology and multiple syntheses (connective, disjunctive and conjunctive) can interconnect the indigenous and the inter-national in the case of India, caught up in the larger milieu of global capitalism and posthumanism.
The seminal stimulus for the formation of this collective was derived from the substantial success of the Third International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference and the International Deleuze Camp 2015 held at Manipal University from 29th May to June 7th, 2015. The collective is in fact a more consolidated continuation of the spirit and themes of this conference and the camp. Therefore, we invite you to go through the themes, papers, lectures and the cultural events of this conference and the camp at the following website and facebook page so as to get a clearer idea about DSIC’s initiatives.