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Overcoming Servitude? Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus with Michael Pelias

A ten week course on Wednes­day evenings begin­ning Feb­ru­ary 24th from 7 to 9 p.m. (USA East coast “dia­bol­i­cal time”) with Michael Pelias pre­sent­ing and facilitating.

This course will re-sit­u­ate the 1972 pub­lished the “non-col­lab­o­ra­tion” (real­ly two streams of con­scious­ness find­ing a third among the many) between Gilles Deleuze, the philoso­pher and Felix Guat­tari, the mil­i­tant ana­lyst on the “in betwee­ness“ and break from dog­mat­ic and dom­i­nant psy­cho­analy­sis and ortho­dox Marx­ism. No longer could we think in terms of the fam­i­ly makes you sick, the new fam­i­ly will make you well; or the new state will be a great advance and a health­i­er one than the old one.

Through a close (and mul­ti­ple) read­ing of the text in ten parts end­ing with the decade lat­er pub­li­ca­tion of “Rhi­zome” in A Thou­sand Plateaus (1980/1987) we hope­ful­ly will exam­ine and encounter Desir­ing Machines in a new light as well as inter­ro­gat­ing our propen­si­ties toward safe­ty and servi­tude. This read­ing will open a new adven­ture in thought and prac­tice and give us a new tool­box of con­cepts and under­stand­ing of the dou­ble –binds of our schizoid cul­ture and some pos­si­ble lib­er­a­tion from slav­ish moral­i­ty, iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics, and old safe havens of the isms we hold all too dear. Most of all, to recap­ture play and seri­ous laugh­ter as weapons of strug­gle in the pan­dem­ic era.

A syl­labus will be uploaded to the Left Forum site and dis­trib­uted through email.

The Deleuze and Guat­tar­i’s book can be found here for sale

$125 for all 10 Sessions

*If you can­not pay the full price please email leftforum@leftforum.org*

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A course offered and spon­sored by the Insti­tute for the Rad­i­cal Imag­i­na­tion and Left Forum
Fur­ther Stud­ies in Post May ‘68 thought:


1st week: Intro­duc­tion and sit­u­at­ing the text: Read Foucault’s pref­ace (say­ing before­hand) and Seem’s intro­duc­tion.

Desir­ing Machines ( why the mech­a­nis­tic lan­guage – rem­nants of Carte­sian­ism?)

2nd week: The Desir­ing Machines, 1–4, pages 1–35 – begin­nings of a mate­ri­al­ist psy­chi­a­try

3rd week: The Machines and The Whole and its Parts, pages 36–50

Psy­cho­analy­sis and Famil­ial­ism: The Holy Fam­i­ly (Freu­do-Marx syn­the­sis and cri­tique)

4th week: the Impe­r­i­al Oedi­pus and three texts of Freud, con­nec­tive syn­the­sis and dis­junc­tive syn­the­sis, Pages 51–83

5th week: con­junc­tive syn­the­sis through Reich on social and psy­chic repres­sion, move­ment of deter­ri­to­ri­al­iza­tion and ter­ri­to­ri­al­i­ties, pages 84–138

Sav­ages, Bar­bar­ians, Civ­i­lized Men

“We are all tat­toed sav­ages.” Gus­tave Flaubert

6th week: The socius and Nietzsche’s geneal­o­gy with Artaud’s anti –the­ater and then a geol­o­gy of morals (see pages 39–74 in A Thou­sand Plateaus, God as Lob­ster, dou­ble artic­u­la­tion). Read pages 139–183 in Anti-Oedi­pus.

7th week: Ter­ri­to­r­i­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the founders of the Urstadt pages 184–221.

8th week: The Cap­i­tal­ist Machine to Cap­i­tal­ist rep­re­sen­ta­tion, Adam Smith and Freud, pages 221- 272.

Intro­duc­tion to Schizoid­analy­sis

9th week: From the social field to Psy­cho­analy­sis (clas­si­cal and struc­tur­al) and Cap­i­tal­ism, pages 273–321.

10th week: the two tasks of Schizoid-analy­sis: For­get­ting Hegelian piety pages, 322–382.

Of course, if nec­es­sary, there can be an addi­tion­al ses­sion that reviews the mate­r­i­al in order to resi­t­u­ate the insights of this text for today’s move­ments and challenges.

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