Event Date: 16-17 April 2010
In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.
Éric Alliez – Rhizome
Éric Alliez is Professor of Contemporary French Philosophy, Middlesex University. He is the general editor of the Œuvres de Gabriel Tarde (Les Empêcheurs de penser en rond /Le Seuil –13 Vols) and a founding member of the French journal Multitudes (2000–2009). His books include Les Temps capitaux – T.I, Récits de la conquête du temps (Cerf, 1991; trans. University of Minnesota Press, 1997), T. II, La Capitale du temps, Vol. 1, L’Etat des choses (Cerf, 1999) – La Signature du monde, ou Qu’est-ce que la philosophie de Deleuze et Guattari? (Cerf, 1993; trans. Continuum, 2005), De l’impossibilité de la phénoménologie (Vrin, 1995), La Pensée-Matisse (with Jean-Claude Bonne, Le Passage, 2005) and L’Œil-Cerveau. Nouvelles Histoires de la peinture moderne (in collaboration with Jean-Clet Martin, Vrin, 2007).