CFP: Deleuze and Guattari's Ecophilosophy (9/15/07; journal issue)

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Dianne Chisholm
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Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge

Special Issue: Rhizomes 15: Deleuze and Guattari's Ecophilosophy
Of what critical importance is Deleuze and=20
Guattari's philosophy to our ability to think=20
ecologically or to address environmental=20
catastrophe effectively? What do Deleuze and=20
Guattari mean when they write that "philosophy .=20
. . turns its back against itself so as to summon=20
forth a new earth, a new people"? How does=20
philosophy foresee a time when the earth "passes=20
into the pure plane of immanence of a=20
Being-thought, of a Nature-thought"? Does=20
"Nature-thought" enter philosophy only when=20
philosophy thinks geographically, that is, in=20
terms of geography's real (versus history's=20
transcendental) territoriality? How do the=20
emerging concepts as "geophilosophy," and=20
Guattari's "three ecologies," mesh with such=20
long-evolving Deleuzo-Guattarian concepts as=20
"rhizome," " becoming," "territory," "haecceity,"=20
"plane of immanence," "chaos," "nomadology," etc?=20
Does this m=82lange of concepts create an=20
"Ecology-thought," thought that might itself be=20
regarded as adaptive, as creative evolution=20
immanent to (an earth-based) philosophy?=20
Moreover, if philosophy must escape the exhausted=20
national and historical traditions of French and=20
German philosophy and become refreshingly=20
earth-based, it will have to call on art, or=20
transform itself artistically. How, then, does=20
recent nature writing of an expressly "=20
bioregional" nature (as opposed to a national=20
literature) help philosophy to "summon forth a=20
new earth"? On a more pragmatic note, what=20
environmental ethics might we derive from Deleuze=20
and Guattari's ecophilosophy? E.g.: How might the=20
concept of "becoming-animal" effectively=20
challenge the idea of animal rights? How might=20
the concept of deterritorialization effectively=20
challenge the idea of wilderness conservation=20
and/or land reclamation? How might the concept of=20
nomadology effectively mobilize and advance=20
aboriginal land-claim strategy? What, if any,=20
critical case studies of environmental disaster=20
and recovery have put Deleuze and Guattari's eco-thinking to use, and how?

You are invited to submit essays on these or=20
related topics, themes, and questions.
Submissions due by September 15th, 2007.
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Professor Dianne Chisholm
Department of English and Film Studies
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta,Canada
T6G 2E5

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