Deleuze / Guattari Studies in Asia: 7th International Conference, Tokyo, 2019 21-23 June 2019

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Koichiro KOKUBUN (Deleuze / Guattari Studies in Asia committee director)


Deleuze / Guattari Studies in Asia: 7th International Conference, Tokyo, 2019 21-23 June 2019, University of Tokyo Komaba Campus, 3-8-1, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN

THEME: War Machine, Conflict, Coexistence

The theme for the conference is ‘War Machine, Conflict, Coexistence’. Why? Because we live in a world where the concept ‘war machine’ has now become so miserably commonplace and anodyne. The cooptation and recuperation of the concept by the naysayers of reason threaten to deradicalize Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy. How? In two respects: 1) the contemporary globalized form of capitalism has overwhelmed national economies and; 2) terrorism has replaced traditional forms of state-war. As such, conflicts are pervasive on a global scale yet often elude traditional social, political and economic schematics.

In the play of perceptible and imperceptible, how should or can we coexist in such a world? What does it mean to think the world and coexistence within it. Are we without a world? Are we embroiled within toxic relations of an unworld. How does the work of Deleuze and Guattari assist this new relation? The conference aims to answer this question. Yet one problem arises. As the idea of coexistence is not explicitly explored in their philosophy, how can we respond to this conspicuous lacuna? Given this bottleneck of reason, it is exceedingly timely to think contemporary geo-political problems and ideas from the perspective of Deleuze and/or Guattari. Our task is to begin thinking again; to shed a dogmatic image of thought and to inspire a new comportment to the world. Given this crisis and amid such devastating conflict, we are asking conference delegates to think about the concept of coexistence in a specifically Deleuzian and Guattarian way. We are in search for nothing less than a new paradigm or image of thought. ​

Themes for the include:


  • Asia
  • Assemblage​
  • Becoming
  • Bodies-without-Organs
  • Capitalism
  • Cinema
  • Coexistence
  • Conflict
  • Creation
  • Democracy
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Fascism
  • Greek Philosophy
  • Human Nature
  • Japan
  • Language
  • Lines of Flight
  • Literature
  • Media
  • Music
  • Neoliberalism
  • New Materialism
  • Object-Oriented Ontology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychology
  • Quantum Theory
  • Religion
  • Rhizomes
  • State
  • Speculative Realism
  • Time
  • War
  • World Order
  • and X. ​


How to submit

Please refer to our website:

Submit your abstract (maximum 250 words) and brief biographical and institutional details (100 - 200 words) by the 31st Dec 2018 through submission form.

For panel proposals, please submit through panel proposal submission form.

 Conference Director

Koichiro Kokubun

Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology,

2-12-1 W9-25, Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

152-8552, Japan


Koichiro KOKUBUN is a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He received his PhD from Tokyo University. He specializes in the 17th century philosophy and the 20th century French philosophy. He has published a dozen of books on philosophy and politics in Japanese: Spinoza’s Method (2011), Ethics of Leisure and Boredom (2011), A Democracy to Come (2013), Principles of Deleuzian Philosophy (2013), Lectures on Modern Political Philosophy (2015), Towards an Intuition of Democracy (2016). He is a Japanese translator of Deleuze. Recently he supervised the Japanese subtitle translation of Deleuze’s interview DVD Abécédaire. He participates regularly in the Deleuze Conference in Asia as invited speaker. He will be organizing the forthcoming Deleuze Conference in Tokyo, 2019.