On Cultural Social and Political Thought Today: The Roundtable Discussion on the 25th Anniversary of the CSPT Program.

On Cultural Social and Political Thought Today: The Roundtable Discussion on the 25th Anniversary of the CSPT Program.

One of the three components that defined the original CSPT Program mentioned by Rob Walker at the Roundtable discussion on Friday was “theory.” As he noted theory is an ambiguous signifier meaning different things to different types of thinkers. In CSPT it has generally meant a predilection for continental European traditions of theory rather than … Continue reading

Exile: The Exilic Meditations

Exile: The Exilic Meditations

I was reminded, when Peyman began speaking about the student sit ins in Tehran in 1981 that eventually lead to his exile from Iran, of the dreamlike qualities of the heroine’s story in Roberto Bolaño’s Amulet. During the military occupation of the university in Mexico City in 1968 (i.e. UNAM), Bolaño’s heroine Auxilio Lacouture hides … Continue reading

Reflections on Gilles Deleuze and the “Plane of Consistence” on the Occasion of an Aikido Seminar with Yoshinobu Takeda Sensei (Victoria, BC, July 21-22, 2012)

Reflections on Gilles Deleuze and the “Plane of Consistence” on the Occasion of an Aikido Seminar with Yoshinobu Takeda Sensei (Victoria, BC, July 21-22, 2012)

Gilles Deleuze makes a distinction between a “plane of consistence” and a “plane of organization” which is extremely suggestive for trying to think through the conflict between forms of life and the powers that diminish life. It is also extremely suggestive for the study of Aikido, and vice versa. Like most of Deleuze’s concepts these … Continue reading