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Subjectification (French: subjectivation) is a philosophical concept coined by Michel Foucault and elaborated by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. It refers to the construction of the individual subject. The concept has been often used in critical theory, sometimes with Louis Althusser's concept of interpellation. In Gilbert Simondon's theory of individuation, subjectification precedes the subject in the same way as the process of individuation precedes the creation of the individual. While the classical notion of a subject considers it as a term, Foucault considered the process of subjectification to have an ontological pre-eminence on the subject as a term.

CLASS STRUCTURE_ Different to the usual classes, we want to experment with this one, based on the schizophrenic idea of spokes-persons. In order to achieve a productive outcome of the class, it would be desirable, if every participant could choose a theorist as his/her subject and take their position, prepare a short summary/presentation of no longer than 15 minutes of one selected text from the bibliography below in which various understandings, standpoints, interpretations  and elaborations  can be found. This opens up discussion and hopefully clarifications on terminology and content of the presented texts. In that way, they can be put into relation to each other and considered in terms of to the history of their emergence as well as to today’s conditions of the subject/the self/subjectivities in general.

In an open discussion the subject of the class and the texts can be related with each other and as well with more personal experiences. 

Other suggestions/proposals for text or input in all kinds of forms are desired!

 

RESEARCH_ The first two meetings will be dedicated to collectively structure the class and identify questions, topics, categories, coupled/related authors/positions and relevant primary or secondary literature. 

 

OUTPUT_ We would love to gather some results in a little publication (summaries, analyses, interpretations, essays, poems) shortly after the class


 

BIBLIOGRAPHY & THEORISTS_ posted below (please choose and add further)

first come, first serve!

 

 

 

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robert gorny's picture

THE CLASS IS BEING ORGANIZED! The first two meetings will be dedicated to collectively structure the class and identify questions, topics, categories, coupled/related authors/positions and relevant primary or secondary literature.

Please get yourself ready! At best with a basic overview about the chosen author/related authors/positions. But if anybody is interested, but has yet not engaged with any author, that's also great. You could prepare your questions then.
In either way we can identify extracts of primary or secondary literature and questions/categories we are interested in or you think are relevant.

Then we can all discuss and decide in which order we would like to present/talk about authors/categories, etc., and how much time we all need to prepare the presentation beforehand.

The organizational meetings will probably be on
- Thursday, May 10th 2012, 7:30pm &
- Wednesday, May 16th 2012, 7:30pm at 'archive' (check schedule)

The regular meetings are planned to continue on wednesdays, 7:30 pm at 'archive'

CU&Best,
manuela, mino, robert

Hi,
for me thursday 8pm is ok for the pre-meeting.
For the class i'm sorry but i can't on thursday..
I'd propose friday (6pm?) or saturday late morning. what do you think?

M

let me know, when you want to pre-meet this week. would love to join! thursday 8pm works for me in general for the class, as well as for the pre-meeting.

robert gorny's picture

can we meet on thursday 8pm? is 'archive' available, or where?

Hi,
yes i'm back in Berlin. i arrived yesterday, let's meet for a pre-meeting. also this week is ok.

@Dennis: i totally agree with you. the theme of subjectivation comes from authors like marx, freud, nietzche etc.. The question is: are we able and is our goal to zoom so out the category of subjectivation? Including marx, freud, nietzsche the field becomes too large, according to me. I'd propose to consider the original list of author (2nd half of 20th century)but tryng to underline connections between these authors and the classical ones. for istance, may be i could refer to nietzsche in a foucaldian field, showing connections and genealogy of category, more than referring expressly to nietzsche...
Anyway, let's meet soon to talk also about this

Mino

are we gonna stick to the 2nd half of the 20th century? coz i think there's also a pretty important shift that took place with marx, freud and nietzsche, and although i'm not super well versed in their writings, i think we may end up overestimating the novelty of the french if we don't address this shift..
nietzsche: "The "subject" is not something given, it is something added and invented and projected behind what there is."
i might not be the only one who would've attributed a quote like this to foucault rather than nietzsche...

robert gorny's picture

hey. mino are you back in berlin? so what about a research/pre- meeting?

I would do judith butler.
did we scheduled the class yet? just to see the time frame.
Andrea

For me Michel Foucault on the rocks..thanx
Mino

fiona geuss's picture

I want hannah arendt!
fiona

robert gorny's picture

negri, c'est moi...

caleb berlin's picture

This is a great start!

I went to AAAAARG to see if there were any issues on the topic and sure enough there is one called "subject, the" (http://aaaaarg.org/issue/16224/subject). There is already a ton in there, but also some authors you mentioned that aren't listed, so maybe we can add them to the AAAAARG issue (click follow next to "subject, the" and then when you are browsing the library you can add things here). I also added the issue to the class page for easy access: http://berlin.thepublicschool.org/node/4017/aaaarg.

I'd be interested in taking Guattari!

-c

also I just found this for those who are currently in London:

The Return of the Subject

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6a19b1b794ce991fff919b68d&id=04a631125c

Hi everyone,

In order to achieve a productive outcome of the class, it would be useful, if every participant could pick one author/thinker/standpoint relevant to the topic to prepare a short summary/presentation/text of no longer than 15 minutes in which various understandings, standpoints, interpretations and elaborations are explained. This opens up discussion and hopefully clarifications on terminology and content of the presented texts. In that way, they can be put into relation to each other and considered in terms of to the history of their emergence as well as to today’s conditions of the subject/the self/subjectivities in general.
In an open discussion the subject of the class and the texts can be related with each other and as well with more personal experiences.
Further suggestions/proposals for texts or input in all kinds of forms are welcome!

We would love to gather summaries, analyses, interpretations, essays, poems, ect., on the topic of Subjectivisation / Subjectification / Subjectivation to hold something in our hand afterwards.

Here are some authors/thinkers we found so far:

Jacques Lacan (* 13. April 1901, Paris; † 9. September 1981, Paris)
Louis Althusser (* 16. Oktober 1918, Birmandreis bei Algier, Algerien; † 22. Oktober 1990, Paris)
Michel Foucault (* 15. Oktober 1926, Poitiers; † 25. Juni 1984, Paris)
Gilbert Simondon (* 2. Oktober 1924, Saint-Étienne; † 7. Februar 1989, Palaiseau)
Gilles Deluze (* 18. Januar 1925, Paris; † 4. November 1995, Paris)
Felix Guattari (* 30. April 1930, Villeneuve-les-Sablons; † 29. August 1992, Paris)
Hannah Arendt (* 14. Oktober 1906, Linden; † 4. Dezember 1975, New York; originally Johanna Arendt)
Antonio Negri (* 1. August 1933 in Padua)
Giorgio Agamben (* 22. April 1942, Rom)
Judith Butler (* 24. Februar 1956, Cleveland)

Please add on to this list as desired, pick your favorite position and post your choice in the comments!
I'll take Giorgio Agamben.

Best, Manuela

Hi, i'm not in Berlin right now, i'll come back 21st april. Let me know the contents about your research meeting, otherwise we can meet directly at the end of april.
See you
Mino

robert gorny's picture

research meeting on thursday 8pm?

Yes, good idea to look at it as an issue of its own. I'll have a look for some readings. Do we want to schedule "research" meeting? m

Great issue!i'd propose subjectivation/desubjectivation
i can help in teaching.
Mino

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