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D&G and Politics IV
Tuesday, 06/July/2021:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Vít Pokorný
Session Topics:
D&G and politics

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11:00am - 11:30am

‘Becoming-Intense’: The Political and Aesthetic Dimensions of the Affective Intensities of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors films, Blue, White, and Red (1993–1994)

Sharon Jane Mee

University of New South Wales, Australia

This paper will examine color-images in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s films to understand the political and aesthetic dimensions of the ‘becoming-intense’ of cinema. Kieślowski’s Three Colors films, Blue, White, and Red (1993–1994) demonstrate the affective intensities of color filtrated through the political conditions of France. Made after the integration of Europe under the Maastricht Treaty, the vision of a compassionate European community plays alongside themes of grief, love, deceit, and the dispensing with identity.

In A Thousand Plateaus (1980/1987), Deleuze and Guattari suggest that ‘becoming-intense’ is the way affect ‘throws the self into upheaval and makes it reel’ (p. 240). The political dimensions of ‘becoming-intense’ in Kieślowski’s Three Colors films mean that what is envisioned as a united European community is deterritorialized in an encounter with affect (grief, love, deceit). ‘Becoming-intense’ is becoming ‘color,’ that is, becoming-blue, -white, and -red via the themes of the French republic, liberty, equality, and brotherhood. ‘Becoming-intense’ is also a deterritorialization of the self. In Blue, this is a remaking of oneself after the death of a husband and child; in White, a return to Poland to get back at a divorced wife by becoming wealthy; and in Red, the disturbing notion of becoming the future in a dream. Cinema is populated with intensities of color. The territorialized expressions of color in cinema filter characters and bleed from scenes, deterritorializing through affective intensities. Expressions of color also deterritorialize the cinema spectator, such that in ‘becoming-intense’ the spectator has a revolutionary capacity for a vitalist compassion.

11:30am - 12:00pm

The Deleuzian Reading of the Later Foucault: a power of truth against the truths of power

Francisco J. Alcalá

Universidad de Granada, Spain

The separation, both theoretical and personal, that occurred between Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault after the publication of The Will to Knowledge is well known. Deleuze referred to it, after Foucault’s death, in an interview in 1986, which was later published in Negotiations. Aside from expressing sadness, these declarations repeat a question which Deleuze would return to again and again in other interviews given during that period: Foucault had, in his last years, been through some kind of crisis on all levels – political, personal and, of course, philosophical – which had led him to a certain seclusion that distanced him from his less intimate friends.

In an attempt to regain a closer relationship with Foucault, for whom he felt a mix of sincere affection and profound philosophical admiration, Deleuze wrote him a letter immediately after the publication of The Will to Knowledge in 1977, sending it to him via François Ewald. It is thanks to the testimony of this intermediary that we know of the intention that Deleuze harboured in that letter, in which he expresses his impressions with respect to the development of the philosophy of Foucault that his newly published book entailed. Among other things of notable importance, Deleuze considered that The Will to Knowledge constitutes a new advance with respect to Discipline and Punish, to the extent in which it confers a clearly more ambitious function to the apparatus [dispositif] of power: the old normalizing function through the formation of knowledge is replaced by a constituent function – constituent of nothing less than truth, of a truth of power (Deleuze, Two Regimes 123; Foucault, Discipline 183, 306).

The main problem posed by this new function that Foucault attributed to the apparatuses of power is that of the phenomena of resistance, insofar as they react against the former, must pass through the same channels, not being able to be either ideological or anti-repressive (Deleuze, Foucault 28-29). Regarding the status of the phenomena of resistance, Deleuze notices three possible directions in Foucault’s work published thus far: first, in The Will to Knowledge, in which these phenomena were a kind of “inverted image of the apparatuses,” which their antagonistic action opposed (Deleuze, Two Regimes 125-126; Foucault, The Will 95-96); second, that suggested in “The political function of the intellectual,” which explores the possibility of countering that truth of power with a power of the truth, as a counter-strategic response to strategy (Foucault, Dits 109-114); lastly, a third way that passes through the route of the body and its pleasures, outlined in the second volume of The History of Sexuality. Deleuze considers that the three directions seem to lead into a dead end: “He finds ammunition which can be turned against power? But I don't see how. We will have to wait for Michel to give his new conception of truth, on the micro analytical level” (Two Regimes 128-29).

In contrast to this crossroads in which Foucault’s thought found itself, Deleuze stresses that, in the context of his philosophy, the status of the phenomena of resistance is not a problem insomuch as it is prior to the relations of force, to power; in the same way as the plane of consistency is prior to the plane of organization.

Consequently, this conference discusses that well-known theoretical separation that occurred between Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault after the publication of The Will to Knowledge. Deleuze disagreed with the new function that Foucault attributed in this book to the apparatuses of power (to be constitutive of truth) because he considered that such an approach denied an inherent status to the phenomena of resistance, making all reality a truth of power. The aim of this lecture is to analyze this controversy: first, from the confrontation of the concepts of apparatus and assemblage that made it appear; secondly, from the Deleuzian interpretation of the Foucaultian topic of the processes of subjectivation as a modality of the event, which finally resolves it.


Deleuze, Gilles. Difference and Repetition. Columbia UP, 1994.

---. Foucault. U of Minnesota P, 1988.
---. Negotiations. Columbia UP, 1995.
---. The Logic of Sense. The Athlone P, 1990.

---. Two Regimes of Madness: Texts and Interviews 1975-1995. Semiotext(E), 2007.
Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. U of Minnesota P, 1987.

Deleuze, Gilles, and Claire Parnet. Dialogues. Columbia UP, 1987.

Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Vintage Books, 1995. ---. Dits et Écrits (Spoken and Written). Vol. III. 1976-1979. Éditions Gallimard, 1994. ---. Essential Works of Foucault: 1954-1984. Volume III. Power. The New P, 2000.

---. The History of Sexuality. Vol. 1. Pantheon Books, 1978.

Gros, Frédéric. “Le Foucault de Deleuze: Une Fiction Métaphysique” (Deleuze's Foucault: A Metaphysical Fiction). Philosophie (Éditions de Minuit), no. 47, 1995, pp. 53–63.

Guattari, Félix. Psychoanalysis and Transversality: Texts and Interviews 1955-1971. Semiotext(E), 2015.

Lapoujade, David. Deleuze, Les Mouvements Aberrants (Deleuze, The Aberrant Movements). Les Éditions de Minuit, 2014.
Morey, Miguel. “Prólogo” (Preface). Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Paidós, 1987.
Zourabichvili, François. Deleuze: A Philosophy of the Event Together with The Vocabulary of Deleuze. Edinburgh UP, 2012.

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Solidarity, indivudualization, or...? Deterritorialization and reterritorialization in public policies' discourses and practices in semi-peripheral country

Iwona Mlozniak

Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education, Poland

Presentation is based on analysis of institutional, polish and selected EU, documents on active ageing, that are examples of broad and differentiated public policies’ where reterritorializing and deterritorializing forces clashes. State here is not only reterritorializing apparatus, but place where – at least at the stages of planning policies, and delegating task to NGO’s– clashes various forces and visions of society. This interplay seems to take peculiar shape in post-communist countries (namely in Poland), showing in a nutshell how territorializing forces of capitalism (through liberal and neoliberal discourse) captures and annihilates the possibilities of creating different schemes of communities (social bonds).

The above process can be described as the encounter of individualization and solidarity. In the presentation I would like to investigate how actions and narrations about social policies reflect the interplay (tensions) between individualization and other types of social bonds based on various types of solidarity. The research questions concern the points where individualization and solidarity intersect, the bases of solidarity: class, community, gender, generational. The comparison between EU and Poland allow for pointing the specificity of post-communist, semi-perpheral country in the capitalistic system. The analysis shows that the various types of liberalisms (as Foucault pointed them) are connected with various types of creating social bonds, re-territorializing in neoliberal manner and deterritorilizing thorough solidarity based on non-economic and non-individualizng bonds.

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