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International Deleuze Studies in Asia


Encountering Deleuze

Immanence, Philosophy, and Locality


17-19 June 2016

Seoul National University

Seoul, Korea




Friday 17 June (1st day)


08:00 Reception / Registration [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


08: 50 Welcoming / Opening Remarks [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]

Welcoming Remarks: Myoung A SHIN (Kyung Hee University)

Opening Remarks: Ian BUCHANAN (Wollongong University)


09:00~10:00 Inaugural Plenary [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]

Keynote Address 1

Ian BUCHANAN (University of Wollongong, Australia), Body without Organs and its Discontents

In my discussion of assemblage theory and its discontents I used George Mallory’s famous ‘because it’s there’ response to the question ‘Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?’ to illustrate the assemblage’s internal structure (the axes of content and expression). I argued that the actual physical effort required to climb Mount Everest (content) is the entry price to the virtual realm of the international esteem (expression) accorded to anyone who has made this particular climb. I also argued that everyone who heard or read his answer immediately comprehended it as sufficient – the scale of the climb is such that anyone who wants to be known as a world class climber as Mallory did would need to ascend Everest in order to assure their place in the history books. Yet the answer is also insufficient because while it speaks clearly to the symbolic dimension (expression), it says nothing about the actual bodily effort involved in climbing Everest, which in 1923 was an extremely hazardous enterprise (as it remains today – 4 people have been killed in the last couple of weeks), save that it was the price that had to be paid in order to obtain the symbolic status of being the first man to conquer Everest. But if his only goal was to ink his name into the record books then why climb Everest? Of all the possible challenges he could have set himself, why that one? Certainly being the first to climb the world’s highest mountain would have brought him lasting fame, had he succeeded, but it seems doubtful that this was his sole or even principal motivation because it ignores the specificity of the challenge itself (the difficulty of the ascent, the cold, the bad weather, oxygen deprivation, and so on). My point is that even if we can understand the desire to be known as the first person to climb the highest peak in the world that does not mean we can assume we understand the desire to put oneself through the rigours and dangers of the actual climb. This is the point, then, where our thinking about the assemblage needs to be connected to the body without organs.

Ian BUCHANAN is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is the founding editor of Deleuze Studies and the author of the Dictionary of Critical Theory (OUP, 2010). He is also the editor of the Deleuze Connections series, which has published more than 25 volumes of work on Deleuze.



10:00~10:30 Coffee Break [Lobby near Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


10:30~12:00 Parallel Sessions


Panel 1 Immanence: Diagram, Earth, Monism [Room 301, Humanities Building 8]

Thomas WATERTON, ‘The Only Enemy is Two’: Dualism, Descartes and the Image of Thought

Junyoung LEE, Diagram of the Painting


Panel 2 Deleuze in West and East [Room 302, Humanities Building 8]

Jay HETRICK, Deleuze in Asia?

Philip MARTIN, Image, Sensation, Immanence: The Aesthetics of Affect and Movement in Nishitani and Deleuze

Alfie Bown, Enjoying-Machines: Deleuze in Europe and Asia


Panel 3 Infinity and Nature [Room 303, Humanities Building 8]

Jae-seong LEE, Deleuzian Transcendental Empiricism, Levinasian Infinity, and Emptiness in Mahāyāna Buddhism

Keunchang OH, The problem of the state of nature in Deleuze’s political philosophy

Ge-Sheng LIN, On the Infinity of Thoughts of Folding: The Case of Chen Chieh-Jen’s Realm of Reverberations


12:00~13:30 Lunch Break


13:30~15:00 Parallel Sessions


Panel 4 Philosophy as a Cinematic Thinking [Room 301, Humanities Building 8]

Yuanyuan WANG, Expressionism in Gilles Deleuze’s Film Philosophy

Virgilio A. RIVAS, Deleuze and the Cinematization of Schelling: Contouring the Abysmal

Takumi FUKUO, A View from Inside the System(s) of Cinema: Perception as zeroness and the structural moment of the passage to time-image


Panel 5 How to do Manage Life [Room 302, Humanities Building 8]

Eun Joo KIM, Delueze’ s ethology and new thinking of ethics

Yoonjung OH, ‘The Death of God’ in Nietzsche and ‘The Scream at Death’ in Deleuze


Panel 6 East Asian Arts with Deleuze [Room 303, Humanities Building 8]

Mi YOU, Tiger, Transformation and History: A conception of history through the lens of Deleuze and East Asian thinkers

Yayoi KOTANI, How can we becoming a true ‘Madness’? – with an interpretation on ‘風姿花伝(FUSHIKADEN)’

Hyeyoung MAENG, Documentation Art of Korean Bunche Painting: Landscape Painting as Deleuzian Transcendental Realism


15:00~16:00 Tea Break [Lobby near Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


16:00~18:00 Plenary [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]

Keynote Address 2

Alex Taek-Gwang LEE (Kyung Hee University, Korea), Philosophy and Scandal: Did Sokal Say Deleuze?

My presentation is to discuss so-called “Sokal scandal” which attacked Deleuze in terms of postmodernism. Sokal’s hoax had its own validity to criticize French and American academic leftists and ground the leftist theory on the scientific foundation. He put an emphasis on the way in which Deleuze and Guattari adapt mathematics and physics to explain philosophical problems. After the prank, scandalous controversies revolving around “continental philosophy” arose and used for denouncing philosophy in general as unscientific. The repercussion stirred the anti-intellectual ambience and asserted the deep gulf between two cultures, e.g. science and humanities as Snow deliberately drew. As Duffy clearly proves, Deleuze’s orientation to mathematics is firmly grounded on the finitism theory. Different from Badiou, Deleuze’s philosophy does not take mathematics as a philosophical foundation and, indeed, uncovers the genealogy of mathematics that is not concerned with a mathematical ground. Sokal simply ignores what Deleuze argues with the problem of mathematics and defines Deleuze’s philosophy as nonsense. However, I don’t intend to justify Deleuze’s use of mathematics and physics against Sokal’s argument, but rather analyze the scandal as the symptom of postwar academic culture and go further to investigating Sokal’s attempt to appeal to populism. I would claim that “Sokal scandal” betrays the dilemma of postwar radical philosophy including Deleuze.

Alex Taek-Gwang LEE is professor in Kyung Hee University. He obtained MA in philosophy from University of Warwick and PhD in Cultural Theory from The University of Sheffield. His publications include Theory After Althusser, Futurism, The Obscene Fantasy of  Korean Culture, Nationalism as a Sublime Object, Deleuze as a Theatre of Philosophy, This Is What Is Called Cultural Criticism, The Impressionists, Framing a Witch, etc. He is an editorial member of journals such as English Language and Literature, Journal of Theory and Criticism, Journal of Literature and Cinema, Gwangju Biennale Journal NOON. In 2013 he organized The Idea of Communism Conference in Seoul with Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek.


Keynote Address 3

Tony SEE, (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Becoming-Democratic: On Deleuze’s Political Philosophy and Its Practical Implications

This paper responds to current debates regarding Deleuze’s analysis of democracy. Although some scholars such as Philippe Mengue have argued that Deleuze’s political philosophy is fundamentally hostile to democracy, others such as Paul Patton have argued that Deleuze, together with Guattari, had a more positive account of democracy. There are also others such as Michael Hardt who sought to reinterpret Deleuze’s relation to democracy in terms of concepts such as “empire” and “multitude.” This paper argues that Deleuze was neither particularly democratic nor anti-democratic, but traced an outline of politics that resonates with the fundamental principles of classical liberalism. This paper argues, using the concepts of “immanence” and “desiring-production,” that Deleuze was working towards a philosophy and practice of “becoming-democratic” which is at once opposed to both actually existing democratic forms of governance as well as fascist and authoritarian political systems. This calls for a rethinking of contemporary democratic struggles and social movements that we see today. Towards this aim, we will refer to Deleuze’s early works as well as his later collaborative works with Guattari such as Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus.

Tony SEE is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) in the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also Professor of Philosophy in the Global Centre of Advanced Studies (GCAS), Associate Director of the European Graduate School (EGS). He is the author of Community without Identity: The Ontology and Politics of Heidegger (New York, Dresden: Atropos, 2009), “Deleuze and Ikeda: Rethinking the Subject of Revolution” in Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (Taipei, 2015), and “Deleuze, Religion and Education” in the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory (Springer, 2016). His current research interests are in Deleuze’s political philosophy, critical theory and media studies.




Saturday 18 June (2nd day)


09:00~11:00 Plenary [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


Keynote Address 4

Koichiro KOKUBUN (Takasaki City University of Economics, Japan), On Imagination, again: What does it mean to be on the Left?


Koichiro KOKUBUN ( is an associate professor at Takasaki City University of Economics. He received his PhD from University of Tokyo in 2009. 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 and his major works are translated into Korean. He is also a Japanese translator of Kant’s Critical Philosophy and the DVD Abécédaire of Deleuze. He is one of the invited plenary speakers of the First International Deleuze Conference in Asia (2013, Taiwan) and the Second (2014, Japan).


Keynote Address 5

Jae-Yin KIM (Seoul National University, Korea), Relations, Connections and Time: In-Between Hume and Deleuze


Jae-Yin KIM teaches at the Department of Philosophy & the Department of Aesthetics, Seoul National University (Korea), where he completed his PhD thesis on “Non-Humanist Ontology in Deleuze”. He is also a researcher at Institute of Philosophy, Seoul National University. He has recently been a Junior Fellow at the Transdisciplinary Program Independent Research Group, Korea Institute for Advanced Study. He has written several articles on modern European philosophy, aesthetics and politics concerning Spinoza, Baumgarten, Hume, Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, Uexküll, Bergson, Deleuze & Guattari and Foucault. He is also researching themes on time, causality, Buddhism, and mind. He is a translator who translated many philosophical books into Korean, including Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari’s two volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Anti-Oedipe & Mille Plateaus), Gilles Deleuze’s Le Bergsonisme, Richard Kearney’s States of Minds and John Rajchman’s The Deleuze Connections, etc.



11:00~11:30 Coffee Break [Lobby near Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


11:30~13:00 Parallel Sessions


Panel 7 Deleuze beyond Psychoanalysis [Room 301, Humanities Building 8]

Jon ROFFE, Deleuze’s melancholic modernity and the contemporary cinematic situation

Takuya OGURA, Refrain and Fort-Da: In What Sense Do Psychoanalysts Deal with the Fort-Da Very Poorly?

Namyi KIM, Hystericized Hysteria: Deleuze’s Hysteria


Panel 8 Minor Literature: Melville, Kafka, Brontë [Room 302, Humanities Building 8]

Kwangtaek HAN, Deleuze and Melville

Blinov EVGENY, Minor languages and social functionalism in Deleuze and Guattari’s Kafka: from tetraglossia to triple deterritorialization

Sunmi KANG, Reading Wuthering Heights with Deleuze


Panel 9 Contemporary Arts with Deleuze [Room 303, Humanities Building 8]

Junhee KIM, Study on Abstract art: regarding on Deleuze’s concept of sensation

Sílvia Pereira, ‘OMNIADVERSUS self-actualizing the subject’

Mijeong Lee, Aesthetic Rethinking of Women’s Labour in the Korean Avant Garde Documentary:

Comfort Women, Affect Politics, and Factory Complex


13:00~14:30 Lunch Break


14:30~16:00 Parallel Sessions


Panel 10 Shinran’s Logic of Sense (Team) [Room 301, Humanities Building 8]


Kohei KUNO



Panel 11 Cinema and Affect [Room 302, Humanities Building 8]

Catherine Ju-yu CHENG, Affect and The Virtual in Wei Te-Sheng’s Kano

Joff P.N. BRADLEY, Guattari and Pachinko: deadly ritournelle, himatsubushi-Tinguely machines


Panel 12 Memory & History with Cinema and Painting [Room 303, Humanities Building 8]

Jiyoung LEE, Historical Memory as Collective Memory in Cinematic Praxis

Jeong-Ae PARK, Korean Artists’ Multiple Hybrid Identity Shaping in Transcultural Spaces: Interpreting Deleuze and Guattari’s Philosophy

Jiaying SIM, Embodied ways of Be(coming) With Me: Cinematic Affectivity and Sensoriality


16:00~17:00 Tea Break [Lobby near Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


16:30~18:00 Plenary [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


Keynote Address 6

Woosung Kang (Seoul National University, Korea), Deleuze as Literary Critic

Woosung Kang is Professor of English, a Chair of Comparative Literature Program, and Director of American Studies Institute at Seoul National University, Korea. He obtained Ph. D. in English at State University of New York at Buffalo. He was a Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania. He teaches early and nineteenth-century American literatures, Asian cinema, film, and literary theories. His research area includes early American literatures, the politics of aesthetics in literary theories, and Asian cinemas. He is the author of Emerson and the Writing of the Moment in the American Renaissance, A History of American Literature, Painting as the Gaze of Philosophy, and he has published many articles on American writers, Japanese films, Jacques Derrida, and other contemporary theorists, including Korean translations of Derrida’s major works and Avital Ronell’s Stupidity. He is an organizer of Deleuze Conference in Asia, which is to be held in Seoul in June 17-19, 2016. He is now working on two books, Freud the Humanist and Literary Derrida.

Sunday 19 June (3rd day)


09:00~11:00 Plenary [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


Keynote Address 7

Kamini VELLODI (University of Exeter, UK), Nomad Art: A new perspective on ‘World Art’ Studies.

Kamini VELLODI is lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter, UK.She completed her PhD under the supervision of Eric Alliez on the 16th century painter Jacopo Tintoretto and Deleuze’s concept of the diagram. Her book, ‘Tintoretto’s Difference’, is under contract with Bloomsbury Academic and forthcoming 2017. She works primarily on the conceptual and methodological interfaces between art historiography, late 15th – early 16th century Italian painting, and Deleuzian philosophy, and has published on problems of historical time, facticity, the ‘unhistorical’ as paradigm, constructivism as ‘method’, and the hegemony of the visual in art historical study. She has recently been exploring the potentials of Deleuze’s philosophy of art for the much debated methodological challenges raised by world art studies.


Keynote Address 8

Kyoung HUH (Paideia Academy, Korea), On Deleuze’s Interpretation of Foucault in Foucault. 

Kyung HUH is director of Institute for Korean Modern and Contemporary Culture and Thought. He obtained his PhD  in Philosophy from Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, France.

11:00~11:30 Coffee Break [Lobby near Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


11:30~13:00 Parallel Sessions


Panel 13 Futures of Disjunctive Synthesis: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Cinema (Team) [Room 301, Humanities Building 8]

Anthony ADLER, The Infinitesimal Difference: Deleuze contra Badiou

Mayumo INOUE, ‘Being of the Sensible’ and its Muses

Jecheol PARK, Towards a Disjunctive Community to Come: Re-reading Deleuze’s Cinema Books


Panel 14 Intensity, Image, Singularity [Room 302, Humanities Building 8]

Taeyeon, UM, Deleuze’s genetic interpretation of Bergson’s theory of “image”

Suin CHO, Singularity in Individuation of Simondon to Deleuze

Rick DOLPHIJN, Philosophy as Geometry: How Philosophy and Art Matter


Panal 15 Deleuze, Tao [Room 303, Humanities Building 8]

Rockwell F. CLANCY, Towards a “Machinic” Theory of “Human” “Nature”: A Transhumanist Philosophical Anthropology with Deleuze and Daoism

Emily ShuHui TSAI, Secrecy in Eastern and Deleuzian Immanence: Toward the nonhuman becoming

Liu WENWEN, Towards An Integral Ecology: Between Deleuze’s “Chaos” and Lao Zi’s “Tao”


13:00~14:30 Lunch Break


14:30~15:30 Parallel Sessions


Panel 16 Creation of Reality Building 8]

Azumi TAMURA, Creating collective ‘non-identity’: the politics after the nuclear disaster as an ‘event’

Kisnaphol WATTANAWANYOO, Deleuzian [re]thinking in Thai urban context and planning practices


Panel 17 Brain and Difference [Room 302, Humanities Building 8]

Jaesik CHUNG, Bateson, Deleuze, and Mapping the Image of the “Brain to Come”: the Sacredness of the Neo-Baroque and Ecological Cybernetics

Sohei TOKUNO, How can Deleuze deal with Difference?


Panal 18 Literature and Beyond [Room 303, Humanities Building 8]

Chantelle GRAY van Heerden, Reshaping Social Practices through Masochist ‘Smut’ Literature: From Heteronormative Mimicry to a Radical Becoming-Woman

Niall KENNEDY, Deleuze beyond just a post-structuralist theorist of literature


15:30~16:30 Tea Break [Lobby near Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]


16:30~18:30 Concluding Plenary [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]

Keynote Address 9

Janae SHOLTZ (Alvernia University, USA), Schizoanalysis and the Deterritorializations of Transnational Feminism


Janae SHOLTZ is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia University, Coordinator of Women’s ad Gender Studies, and an Alvernia Neag Professor. She received her PhD from University of Memphis and MA from New School for Social Research. She is the author The Invention of a People, Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political, Edinburgh Press (2015), in which she contemplates the potential for new political futures from reconceptualizing ontology through the imaginative, creative paradigms opened through the aesthetic considerations of Heidegger and Deleuze. Her research focus is Twentieth Century and contemporary Continental Philosophy, avant-garde art and contemporary aesthetics, social and political philosophy, and feminist theory.  Her current research interests include applications of schizoanalysis (especially to feminism), the structure of transgression, Bataille, immanence as related to the ethics of the event, the influence of Stoicism in Deleuze’s philosophy, political ontology, affect theory, and the potential of art as a form of resistance.


Keynote Address 10

Tatsuya HIGAKI (Osaka University, Japan), What is the minority? Who is the minor people?


Tatsuya HIGAKI is Professor of the University of Osaka, Faculty of Human Sciences. PhD. He was born in Japan on 1964.

He wrote many books including Deleuze, 2002 NHK syuppan (in Japanese), Tokyo; Instant and Eternity, 2010, Iwanami Publisher (in Japanese), Tokyo; Vita Technica, 2012. Seidosya (in Japanese), Tokyo; Kitaro NISHIDA and the philosophy of Life, 2005, 2010, Kodansya (in Japanese), Tokyo; Introduction to Elements of Japanese Philosophy, 2015, Jinbunsyoin (in Japanese), Kyoto. He translated Deleuze’s Bergsonim into Japanese.


18:30 Valedictory Session [Hall 101, Humanities Building 8]






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