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!