CFP: [20th] Lines of Flight: The Deleuzian Text. An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference.

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Lucy Prodgers

Lines of Flight: The Deleuzian Text

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
Friday 5th September 2008
English Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Keynote Speaker:
Ian Buchanan, Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory in the School of
English, Communication, and Philosophy, Cardiff University.

‘It is never the beginning or the end which are interesting; the
beginning and the end are points. What is interesting is the middle’
Dialogues II, p.39

For Gilles Deleuze, the real potential of a text lies in process, in its
lines of flight. The artist’s ability to take up the ‘interrupted line’
in the middle mobilises a becoming through art, a creation of something
new and of endless transformative potential. This interdisciplinary
postgraduate conference invites students from the fields of English, Film
Studies, Philosophy, Art, Performing Arts, and Cultural Studies to
explore how Deleuze’s concept of the ‘line of flight’ opens up new, non-
representational readings of the text, offering innovative spaces in
which to actualise different art forms and ultimately different lines of
thought. The following issues will be investigated:

In what ways do particular art forms operate lines of flight?
How can Deleuze be applied to contemporary texts?
How is his work relevant for literature/film/art today?
How does Deleuze’s work relate to other theoretical paradigms?
How can Deleuze be used to open up new readings of literature?
In an age in which identity politics has become so important, where can
Deleuzian theory fit?

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers from postgraduates exploring
any of the above issues. Please send an abstract of 300 words and a brief
biographical note (no more than 100 words) in Times New Roman size 12 to
Lucy Prodgers ( by Friday 20th June 2008.

We anticipate the publication of selected papers in A/V (Actual/Virtual),
an online audio-visual Journal for Deleuze Studies. See:

The conference is supported by the English Research Institute (ERI) and
Research, Enterprise and Development (RED) office at MMU, and the Arts &
Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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