[csaa-forum] Assemblage Theory & Transnationalism, Professor Ian Buchanan, UNSW Monday 19 October, 5.30pm - 7pm

Laetitia Nanquette l.nanquette at unsw.edu.au
Thu Oct 15 12:57:38 ACST 2015

Assemblage Theory & Transnationalism
Professor Ian Buchanan, University of Wollongong

Monday 19 October, 5.30pm - 7pm
UNSW, Robert Webster Building, Room 327
Ian Buchanan has published on a wide variety of subjects across a range of disciplines, including literary studies, cultural studies, communications studies and philosophy. He is the author of the Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory <http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199532919.do> and the founding editor of the international journal Deleuze Studies<http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/dls>.
Speaking very provocatively, one might say the problem with the concept of transnationalism is that its basic unit is too large and too nebulous. Except in the most rigidly conceived geopolitical versions of the concept, the national is generally seen as a porous entity simultaneously leaking on all sides and at the same time soaking up influences from everywhere. One might say, then, with John Law, that the nation is a messy problem and transnationalism is a very messy problem. I will make some provisional suggestions as to how assemblage theory might be used to think about transnationalism in a slightly less messy way.

All are very welcome to the workshop.
For enquiries, Dr Laetitia Nanquette: l.nanquette at unsw.edu.au<mailto:l.nanquette at unsw.edu.au>
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