CFP: [20th] CFP: Traversing Deleuze and Derrida: dialogues about difference (11/15/2007; ACLA 4/2008)

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Susan Shin Hee Park
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I'm soliciting papers on Deleuze and Derrida (see description below) to
be presented at the 2008 ACLA conference ("Arrivals and Departures") in
Long Beach, CA April 2008. Although not actively planning to present on
this panel I am helping convene research currently being done on the
topic. Please send abstracts to the conference URL listed at the bottom
of this message but send any questions directly to

Undeniably, the work of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida commands an
extraordinary global presence in critical theory, cultural studies,
literary theory, and other scholarly areas. Alongside such luminaries as
Foucault and Lacan, Deleuze and Derrida are two of the most influential
Post-war French theorists to have undergone an Anglophone reception. Yet
despite the recent eruption of theoretical work, by Eric Alliez, Paul
Patton, Eugene W. Holland and others, relatively little has been written
putting these philosophers in direct dialogue with one another.

This seminar is designed to “traverse” the work of Deleuze and Derrida.
Instead of using a compare and contrast model, which ultimately may do a
disservice to both, we encourages essays exploring the “movement” between
the two. We proceed from the premise that a “traversal” approach, which
brings to mind the act of “crossing” “penetration” and even “reading
through or considering thoroughly,” will engender the most productive
conversations. As both theorists are perhaps best known as “philosophers
of difference” we are especially concerned with how Deleuze and Derrida’s
respective philosophies of difference run parallel, crash, and jointly
blaze trails for hybrid theories of difference which can then be applied
to a multitude of contemporary objects.

Ideas for paper topics include the synthesis of Deleuze and Derrida vis-à-

--discourses of diversity and multiculturalism (race, gender, sexuality,
disability, age, etc)
--strategies for reading and textual/artistic production (literature,
performing and visual arts, cinema, etc)
--differential ontologies (philosophical disputes and reconciliations)
--interdisciplinarity and simultaneous methodologies
--emergent politics (questions of community, ethics, justice, etc)
--poststructuralism and its “future”

DEADLINE: November 15, 2007
SUBMISSIONS: Please submit proposals electronically through the ACLA
website at
QUESTIONS: Contact Shin Hee at

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