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Introduction to Deleuzian Feminism

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Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of becoming-woman has indeed faced some serious critiques from feminists since it was initiated in A Thousand Plateaus in 1980. It seems to either lead into the re-erasure of female subjectivity, such as Luce Irigaray among others has criticized, or it is seen as too utopian in the face of patriarchal and capitalist power structures. And yet, the inspiration that comes from the Deleuzian thought of becoming is so immense in feminist thinking that I want to suggest to engage more affirmatively with Deleuze and Guattari’s chapter on the different ‘becomings’, and from there develop a most productive line of flight for feminist futures.

For this class I suggest that we engage directly with significant excerpts from A Thousand Plateaus which highlight both the potential and possible ambivalences residing with(in) becoming-woman in Deleuze and Guattari. After having encountered that text I suggest to turn to the Deleuzian feminist philosophers Rosi Braidotti and Elizabeth Grosz whose works show in exemplary ways how to use Deleuzian concepts without abandoning feminist political projects. In their similar yet also diverging Deleuzian feminist legacies, a thorough reflection of sexual difference is combined with a rethinking of ‘difference in itself’, and in a most a/effective manner a more relational thought horizon becomes possible that changes both our ontological and our ethico-political points of view.

For this class I suggest next to the excerpts from A Thousand Plateaus (pages 232-309, esp. pages 232-243, and 272-286), Braidotti’s brilliantly rewritten chapter on Deleuze and becoming-woman in the 2nd edition of Nomadic Subjects (2011) and two shorter but most powerful essays by Grosz on ‘The Force of Sexual Difference’ (2005) and on ‘The Future of Feminist Theory’ (2011).

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This class covers such topics as:
The concept/practice of becoming-woman.
Criticisms of becoming woman.
Deleuzian feminist thinking.
Feminist futures and their relationship to minor politics.

This class will take place as a day long meeting starting at noon with breaks as needed until approximately 6 pm.


Kathrin Thiele
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 12:00 to 18:00
Archive Books , Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967 more
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Just a reminder that the Differing Fictions and Other Bodied Beings class on Elizabeth Grosz and Octavia Butler is on this Saturday 11th January at 4pm - it would be a great follow on from this class. I hope some of you can make it!

Hi everyone,

There is a class called Imagining Differing Fictions and Other Bodied Beings scheduled for January 11th in Berlin, which will be an opportunity to extend on some of the ideas in Elizabeth Grosz's new work that we discussed in the Introduction to Deleuzian Feminism class. More info here:

Hope to see you at Archive on January 11th at 4pm!


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dear all, there is a class happening that might be interesting for you: Imagening Differing Fictions and Other Bodied Beings. we are meeting on saturday, january 11th, 2014, 4pm at Archive Kabinett! find out more about the class here:


Thank you all who engaged in this exciting class and a very special thank you to Kathrin Thiele for teaching it with so much thought and energy. We came away with an understanding of different Deleuzian feminist projects and the philosophical debates around ontologies of sexual difference. I think we should continue this discussion!

I'm also having trouble finding the texts. It seems that besides A Thousand Plateaus, the rest of the texts don't have links for downloading in aaaarg. Could anyone check that?

I'm going to try and make it... will be in town, interested in checking in on the Berlin Public School.


Hi Kathrin,

Hi Alex,

would it it be possible to make available the texts through others links/files. I'm experience at the moment some  difficulties to access AAAAARG.

Thank you in any case.

See you on Saturday,




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