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Criticizing subjective identity: With Deleuze towards a queer feminist theory
Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Philosophy makes a fatal mistake: It sets the subject as the starting point and goal of its analyses. According to the scathing verdict of Gilles Deleuze in Difference and Repetition (Deleuze 1992), this is one of the decisive reasons why difference is suppressed and criticism becomes impossible. The crucial precondition of philosophy – or the existing “image of thought” in general – is that it is the subject which has the ability to think, to criticize or to be politically active (Deleuze 1992: 169-215). Deleuze opposes this assumption and claims that difference (ibid.), desire (Deleuze 1996) and collective assemblages (Deleuze / Guattari 1992: 105-154) are the basis of critical transformative thinking and should replace the focus on the subject. But what could this possibly mean for our approaches, reflections and our way to think about political phenomena and activities? Don’t we have to assume that there is a criticizing subject – even if it’s not autonomous?
By discussing these questions, I will touch on some of the main assumptions of the conference’s topics: Why should philosophy focus on lines of flight, on (de-)territorialization instead of the subject – on movement, connectivity, and relations (such as migration) instead of the “migrant” or the “native”? I will argue that the rejection of the subject establishes a connection between Deleuze and Guattaris work and queer feminist approaches (cp. also Claire Colebrook 2000): Instead of fighting for a certain identity or subjectivity (such as equality, recognition, etc.), every categorization and identity is questioned (not only gender) and the political potential of relations, collectivity, the ‘between’ and desire is emphasized. These approaches might exemplify what happens if philosophy turns away from the subject as a basic category of thought.
Deleuze, Gilles (1992): Differenz und Wiederholung. München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
Deleuze, Gilles (1996): Lust und Begehren. Berlin: Merve Verlag.
Colebrook, Claire (2000): Introduction to Deleuze and Feminist Theory. In: Buchanan, Ian / Colebrook, Claire (eds.): Deleuze and feminist theory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
11:30am - 12:00pm
A Threat To The Borders: Écricture Féminine
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey
This study aims at a theoretical discussion centering the concepts of minor literature and écriture féminine. In Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature, Deleuze and Guattari say that “minor literature” is a standpoint against major narratives. While major is shaped by stable certain standarts, minor represents a change and above all, a disengagement from the convention which belongs to “white European male”. From this poit of view I focus on the writing practices of especially non-European women writers and how they push the limits of the male dominant language. In doing so, I use the concept of écricture féminine developed by post-structuralists thinkers such as Cixous, Kristeva, and Irigaray. I argue that the écricture féminine is not a minority but a new/different minor literature. In order to support my argument, I use the concept of decentralization, which also forms the basis of minor literatüre, and the concept of becoming- women, included in feminist debates mostly.
12:00pm - 12:30pm
The personal is political? The death of truth and the birth of the impersonal
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Drawing on Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's understanding philosophy as a practice of concepts’ creation which provides temporal solutions to philosophical problems (QP), this paper articulates past and present problems faced by the feminist utterance “the personal is political” (hereafter PIP). Given the temporal functionality of PIP, it transformed into an empty cliché, as it operates in line with the oppressive hypothesis (Foucault HVI, 7). However, changes in the relation of truth to women's personal stories, indicate that PIP is becoming other than itself: embodied in the event of MeToo#, which binds individuals’ confessions in a collective assemblage of enunciations, the personal within the PIP is transformed into the impersonal. Hence, this paper aims at (I) unfolding the conceptual net of the former problem to which PIP provided a solution; (II) articulating the current problem to which PIP provides solutions (the feeble relations between the truth and women); (III) Problematizing the PIP's current function in relation to a different kind of problem (i.e. the unstable currency of the truth which is “finally” associated with women). Contextualizing the increased attribution of the truth to what is considered to be ‘personal’ in the present, which is characterized by a post-truth, the paper problematizes the new relation of the truth to PIP and its components. Thus, despite the political significance of relating women's experiences with the truth, this process entails a feminization of the truth, which itself gives rise to a democratization of the truth.