The JCU Critical theory Reading Group and the College of Arts, Society and Education Present a seminar by Professor Barbara Glowczewski
Thursday 2 March, 11-1pm, Townsville: 9-2, Cairns B1-3
Looking through the crystal at multiple becomings and the affirmative debate, Professor Barbara Glowczewski (CNRS/College de France-JCU)
Following a line of exploration running from exchanges with Guattari (see 'Guattari and anthropology' in Guattari's effect: (https://selforganizedseminar.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/guattari-effect_alliez.pdf), it is proposed to test the concept of crystallization as used by him and Deleuze, that is a threshold that leaks back from actual to the virtual, a ritournelle (refrain) that turns around issues of life and death. The hypothesis is that crystal-becoming offers not only one key to grasp something of the transformation of multiplicities which are “virtualized” in ritual (such as Totemic becomings in Australia or Orixa embodiments in Brazil), but also a way to address the debate about affirmation of existential territories in living places, moving bodies and various practices. Ethnography and cosmopolitics will be “filtered” through the Guattarian ecosophical proposal of an aesthetic paradigm (see: spheres-journal.org/resisting-the-disaster-between-exhaustion-and-creation/).
Barbara Glowczeswki is a professorial researcher at The French Scientific Research Centre, CNRS, member of the Laboratory of Social Anthropology at the College de France and JCU adjunct. Glowczewski has spent the past 38 years dedicating her work to advocating for Australian Aboriginal creativity employing a variety of artistic, cinematic and narrative modes of exploration. She also recently started a new field research in Brazil.
Her last book in English, Desert Dreamers (2016) is an updated translation of her life-long fieldwork relation with the Warlpiri people from Lajamanu: http://www.univocalpublishing.com/books/univocal-books/desert-dreamers
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