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Foucault, Serres, Deleuze, and Guattari are philosophers of population. They theorize modern apparatuses for controlling human populations through rationalization, segregation, and regulation, tactics which rely on the soft power of geometry. Their philosophies of population reveal a multiplicity of exclusionary tactics for marginalizing, tolerating, or banishing select human groups. The most effective techniques ground themselves not in the mass passions of blatant ethnocentrism, but rather in the coldly calculating abstraction which underpins cruel laws masquerading as universal reason. This paper will explore the various theories of space in Deleuze and Guattari, while reflecting on the brutal exclusions of contemporary border politics.
2:30pm - 3:00pm
The ethos of becoming: Re-examining methodological approaches of inquiry
York University, Canada
This essay examines key methodological approaches through the ethos of experimentation and ontology of Deleuze and Guattari. There is a current crisis of inquiry on how to move beyond dominant positivist and postpositivist paradigms in research. It is to eschewing interpretivism with a focus on the iterative relations between materiality and discursivity, in an imminent sense of change, that becoming is explored in troubling methodological approaches. It is in this ontological shift that exceeds the traditional notions of how we conceive of agency, subjectivity, and the individual. In doing so, this paper examines a need for change in research inquiry in the social sciences. It is to considering more closely how dominant research paradigms can be considered with a more post-foundational shift of thought within methodological approaches that constitutes this essay’s central focus.