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Urban Renewal’s Smooth Space: Deterritorialization and Race-making in the contemporary American South.
Virginia Tech, United States of America
The United States, like many western industrial democratic experiments, underwent an iteration of the deterritorializing process often known as “urban renewal” in the postwar period. Under the auspices of liberal progress, massive amounts of civic space were reconfigured to facilitate the growth of highway systems and enable faster connective networks of particular bodies, capital, and affects. This essay examines the ongoing effects of urban renewal as experienced in the southern city of Roanoke, Virginia by engaging major theoretical resources imparted by Deleuze and Guattari—both from their collaborative work together as well as respective ‘solo’ works. Much of contemporary Roanoke’s landscape was produced by forms of violence and dispossession against Black Americans, notably including the destruction of burial grounds. Whereas much literature on the topic emphasizes urban renewal as the conditions for the possibility of producing new sites of neoliberal organizational power (Wendy Brown, Bonnie Honig), this essay examines the metaphysical dimensions of urban renewal (smooth space, deterritorialization) as relate to race-making technologies as well as technologies which impact life worlds, knowledge systems, and affective communities. In this way, critical commentary on urban renewal which emphasizes its sociological textures and political ramifications, particularly such as that provided by thinkers like James Baldwin, is mobilized alongside some of the capacious and generative tools for thinking ontologically provided by Deleuze and Guattari. This theoretical assemblage is intended to widen a political critique of urban renewal and deepen understandings of the wider societal effects which follow from particular modes of smoothing striated space.
Jordan Fallon is a doctoral student in the ASPECT department at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA, whose research interests emphasize contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory rooted in the social sciences. Jordan’s ongoing research examines transnational feminist and decolonial approaches to studying global food production. ASPECT (the Alliance for Social Political Ethical and Cultural Thought) is an interdisciplinary program located at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences with a theoretical emphasis.
2:30pm - 3:00pm
The Politics and Poetics of the Nomad: (De-/Re-)Territorializations in Deleuze & Guattari, and Glissant
Vassar College, United States of America
This paper examines the trajectories, activities, and effects of the nomad in Deleuze, Guattari, and Glissant. The process of reading these aspects is not one of localization or locating — as the nomad is a fugitive of, and from, such practices — but a geological mapping and a reverberating practice of reading: it examines the effects, seismic shocks, and implications and complications of nomadic poetics and nomadic politics. Considering nomadic poetics and nomadic politics to be intractable and indelible, incommensurable yet ineluctably connected, the paper addresses both via certain texts (Deleuze and Guattari’s text on Kafka and “Treatise on Nomadology”, Glissant’s Poetics of Relation), certain concepts (relativity and relation, the categories of minor and major, geological objects and fluxes (the island and ocean).
The paper has four parts. After an introduction to the problematics of territory and the problematization of territory by the nomad, the second section will examine the nomad in Deleuze and Guattari. Their takeaway will be that the nomad is a figure that arises in response to, and in opposition to, the horizon of reterritorialiazation. The third section will show how Glissant’s account of a poetics of relationpresents the unpredictable and non-predicable development of the nomad can move beyond the limitations of reterritorialization. This ‘beyond’ (Jenseits) is a situation beyond center and margin (bell hooks), beyond center and periphery (Wallerstein). The paper will conclude by returning to the introductory problematics of our contemporary world, by examining the insights of the philosophical (poetic-political) concerns for nomads today and tomorrow.
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Becoming-animal or becoming-fascist? Evolution of Carl Schmitt’s discourse from the Deleuzoguattarian perspective
Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
The paper is devoted to the use of the Deleuzoguattarian category of becoming-animal as an interpretative key for analyzing the evolution of political figures of Carl Schmitt's discourse from the 1920s to the early 1940s.
The transition from a perspective of an ordered, territorially closed state as an area of political implementation to a dynamic formation of the Great Space (Grossraum) without precise borders and stable legal rules is of particular importance.
I will show the relations between the evolution of Schmitt's thought towards the Great Space and the evolution of Anglo-Saxon nomos of space presented by Schmitt in "Land and Sea". Schmitt describes this process using the category of "becoming fish". This process leads to the detachment of the state from the statically understood political and spatial categories, which in Deleuzoguattarian dictionary can be called deterritorialization and becoming-animal.
I will analyze the structural similarities between the concept of Grossraum and the concept of becoming-animal. Both concepts will be presented as postulates of structural de-subjectivization or the constitution of a new type of revolutionary subjectivity.
Grossraum appears here as an anti-state expansive formation whose essence is aggressive dynamic based on the Volkist ideology. The transition from the category of state to the category of nation (Volk) as the essence of politics inscribes Schmitt's thought in the fascist discourse understood, after Deleuze and Guattari, as a process of deterritorialization and the formation of molecular black holes "occupied by a different animal eye".