In the latest of our research seminars, Anthony Faramelli (Kingston University/University of Brighton) will look at communion and new subjectivities in social media.

Canterbury Christ Church University
School of Media Art and Design
Research Seminars 2016-2017

2 November 2016
1.00pm-2.15pm

Spaces of Communion and Community: Communal Subjectivity and Digital Technology
Speaker: Anthony Faramelli (Kingston University/University of Brighton)

This paper will be a revitalisation of Bataille’s theories of community by looking at the spaces of communion that digital telecommunication has opened up. Thinking through Deleuze and Guattari’s work on the “virtual,” the paper will argue that digital telecommunication has opened an ever expansive space where subjects are brought in a form of communion with the potential to facilitate the formation of new subjectivities that radically break away from philosophy’s traditional understandings of community.

This paper will begin by briefly sketching out how schizoanalysis (the philosophic system developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari) understands the formation of subjectivity and then briefly stitch together a schizoanalytic understanding digital telecommunication from the fragments of Deleuze and Guattari’s later work. The paper will also look at points of resistance found within political online communities. By juxtaposing Deleuze’s interest in political Third Cinema and his concept of the time-image with Bataille’s work on communion and sacrifice and examine how manifestations of political action are transmitted between globally diffuse activists, engendering new forms of resistant subjectivities.

Anthony Faramelli lectures in political philosophy, media theory, culture studies, psychoanalysis and postcolonial theory at Kingston University and at the University of Brighton. His research and publications are concerned with modern European philosophy, practices of resistance in postcolonial politics and social-therapy, specifically the practice of schizoanalysis. He is the editor with Rob White and David Hancock of the forthcoming collection, Critical Spaces: Crisis and Critique for Bloomsbury Philosophy. Future projects include an examination of the impact of the radical psychotherapists active in the French Resistance had in postcolonial politics.
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