Fifth Deleuze and Guattari Studies in India Conference 2021 (Online)

November 11-14, 2021 

Life Infinite: Immanence, Inflection, Indeterminacy

Organised by 

Deleuze and Guattari Studies in India Collective 

 

Deleuze and Guattari Studies in India Collective after the successful completion of Manipal, Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi conferences announces its fifth conference to be held online from 11-14 November 2021 focusing on the pertinent and contemporary theme of ‘infinite life’.  The selected papers from the presentations  will be published as the  fourth volume in the ‘Deleuze and Guattari Studies in India’ series. The first volume in the series was the special issue of  Deleuze Studies titled “ Deleuze in India” (eds Paul Patton and George Varghese k) and the second one, titled “Deleuze, Guattari and India: Exploring a Post-Postcolonial Multiplicity” (eds Ian Buchanan, George Varghese K and Manoj NY), will  be released by Routledge  very soon. The editing of the third volume (eds Daniel Smith, George Varghese K and Manoj NY) is in progress. We look forward to have the detailed abstract of not less than 500 words. The further details of the conference will be updated soon. 

Conference Theme

Contemporary research both in humanities and social sciences seems to be converging on a common point, which is life, or more precisely, the “distinction between the living and the non-living”. As  part of it , new analytic strategies are mooted that involve a wide spectrum of disciplines and perspectives. Affective turn, ontological turn, new materialism, speculative realism, postcolonial studies, feminism, queer and transgender studies, critical race studies, technoscience studies, and Anthropocene are a few of them that have chosen life as their major theoretical object. This contemporary development is complemented by the return of  some old philosophies as well like animism and vitalism so as to begin their own new experiments with life. We also see that the obsession with life straying into strange territories  that proliferate new versions like “beta life”, “hypothetical life”, “nonstandard life”, “nonterran life”, “unfamiliar life”, “life as we do not know”, “alternative biology”,  “Life 2.0.” , and so on. 

Truly life has spread out in a limitless cosmic canvas. The spatial range is astounding. From the ocean’s depth to astral bodies life is being searched for avidly. On the other side, new loci and versions of life are emerging in astounding speed. We need not travel to the far end of the universe to see the complexities of life. New life forms are floating on our own computer screens today; a computer program run by the principle of cellular automata is deemed to be alive; a computer virus is as deadly as a biological virus.  There exists a fundamental equivalence between the genetic and the computer codes. 

The spatial complexity   is complemented by the temporal infinity. True, the larger organisms may get destroyed in the face of environmental hazards like nuclear explosion or a pandemic. But the same rule does not apply in the case of microorganisms, especially those called   “extremophiles”.  They are microorganisms that can tolerate and survive in extreme geochemical and geophysical conditions. From the perspective of extremophiles, which can survive in waste or nuclear radiation, there can be no end to life on earth. Humans may end, but life will continue; no doubt, the grimmest axiom to be derived in the milieu of a world-destroying pandemic now. 

Deleuze and Guattari push the perimeter of life further with their concept of nonorganic life. Deleuze claims that everything he has written is vitalistic. For him, the power of a nonorganic of life can be found in a line that is drawn, a line of writing, or in a musical line. From the perspective of his concept of A Life and immanence, it is only the organisms that die and not life (Negotiations). Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy, therefore, offers a resourceful theoretical toolkit to analyze all life forms and the subtleties they raise,  be they  organic, nonorganic, musical, cinematic,  architectural, astrobiological, digital, or even cultural and social. 

As explained, the theme of the conference encompasses  both the organic  and the nonorganic life forms   as they  unfold in  nature, society, culture, and history. There will be specific sessions and panels on themes pertaining to the Indian context. The themes of the conference include but not limited to those listed below: 

Conference and Panel Themes 

  • Biophilosophy and Bionics
  • Memory and Desire 
  • Artificial Life and Gender 
  • Social Life of Things 
  • Biomedia , postmedia and the Digital Assemblages   
  • Philosophy of Objects 
  • Posthuman Hybridities 
  • Trans and Antihumanism
  • Bio-Capitalism and Colonization of Life 
  • From the perspective of Pandemic…
  • Climate Change and Anthropocene
  • Minor Cinema/Literature/Arts
  • Diagrams of Caste and Indian Society

Plenary Speakers (To be announced) 

The plenary speakers of the conference will be updated soon. 

Abstract Submission

One can submit the abstract through the registration form which will be available very soon on the DGSIC website. The minimum word limit for the abstract is 500 words. It can be submitted either in PDF or docx version. The acceptance of the abstract will be intimated to you within two weeks of submission. The last date for submitting the abstract is September 20, 2021. 

Paper Submission

The draft paper for presentation of approximately 6000 – 8000 words should be submitted to us not late than 14 October 2021 in docx format. This can be submitted to our official email ID – deleuze.india@gmail.com

How to Register 

Please go to the tab registration in our website and access the registration form. Please note that one has to submit an abstract of not less than five hundred words. We will get back to you after the close scrutiny of the abstract within two weeks of the submission of abstracts. 

Registration Fee 

This time as the conference is held online, there will be no registration fee for the participants. Further details will be updated very soon.