The Unconscious, Desire and Politics

December 6, 2016
Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

The Point, Mrs Robinson, Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood 3125

All speakers:

Gregory Flaxman
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Gregg Lambert
Syracuse University
Jon Roffe
University of New South Wales
Anne Sauvagnargues
University of Paris Ouest
Daniela Voss
Deakin University
James Williams
Dundee University


Daniela Voss
Deakin University

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The Unconscious, Desire and Politics   

What role do desire and the unconscious play in the socio-political realm? The political virulence of unconscious drives and inclinations has traditionally been discussed in terms of a collective imaginary, an ensemble of images and stories that bear the hopes and fears of a people. However, the Deleuzian and Guattarian notion of a molecular unconscious functions differently. It does not reside in the imaginary. It is real, constituted by flows of desire that produce connections and assemblages between and across heterogeneous non-signifying elements. These unconscious molecular processes of desire not only constitute and stabilize socio-political formations, but also effectuate political crises, phases of upheaval and revolution.

The workshop aims to sharpen the understanding of Deleuze’s and Guattari’s notion of desire, the way that it operates in a molecular unconscious and produces effects in the socio-political field.

10.00-10.50        Anne Sauvagnargues (Paris Ouest), “A Schizoanalytic Cartography of Desire”

10.50-11.35        Daniela Voss (Deakin University), “On Desire”

11.35-10.45        break

11.45-12.30        Jon Roffe (UNSW), “Deleuze’s Melancholy Politics”’

12.30-13.30        lunch

13.30-14.15        Gregory Flaxman (North Carolina, Chapel Hill) “Molecular America”

14.15-15.00        Gregg Lambert (Syracuse) “Revolutionary-Becoming’ and the ‘War Machine’”

15.00-15.10        break

15.10-15.55        James Williams (Deakin University) “The Political Unconscious of Signs: Desire, Process and Practice”

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