Workshop 3: London

The final workshop took place on July 20th, 2015 at the Institut Français, London. It brought together a number of internationally recognised experts on the work of French theorists Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari to discuss their magnum opus, A Thousand Plateaus (1980). Five philosophers each took up one of the ‘plateaus’ that make up A Thousand Plateaus, exploring its significance and opening it up to wider discussion.

Many thanks to Andy Conio, who was kind enough to pass on his recordings of several of the talks on the day (available below).

Provisional Programme

  • 10.00am Registration

10.30-11.30 Prof. Nathan Widder (Royal Holloway, University of London): Faciality

Unfortunately, we don’t have audio of Nathan’s presentation, but here is a pdf file of it.

11.30-12.30 Dr. Helen Palmer (Goldsmiths): Three Novellas

Unfortunately, we don’t have audio of Helen’s presentation, but here is a pdf file of it.

Chair: Henry Somers-Hall

  • 12.30-13.30 Lunch Break

13.30-14.30 Dr. Simon O’Sullivan (Goldsmiths): Becoming Animal

14.30-15.30 Dr. Henry Somers-Hall (Royal Holloway, University of London): Smooth and Striated Spaces

Chair: Helen Palmer

  • 15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00.-17.00 Prof. Ray Brassier (AUB): Concrete Rules and Abstract Machines

Chair: Nathan Widder

  • We will be moving on to the Anglesey Arms after the workshop – you’re welcome to join us there.


Details of how to register for the conference can be found on the Institut Français website here:

There is a nominal charge of £3 to attend the workshop, and places are limited. Coffee between the afternoon sessions is included in the registration fee.

We would like to thank the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Institut Français, Edinburgh University Press, and the Mind Association for supporting this event.



15 thoughts on “Workshop 3: London

    • Hi Birgul,
      I’ll start to put together the London workshop once the New Orleans workshop is out of the way, so check back for details. It will depend in large part on when various scholars are in Europe (I am aiming for July). It will likely be held either at the Royal Holloway building in Bedford Square, or Senate House.


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  2. i would like to book a ticket, two if possible, but the phone number provided doesn’t seem to work and the online booking keeps doing the “error” thing.
    Would it be possible to reserve one or two seats?


    • Hi Peter, I’m afraid we don’t have any control over the ticketing for the event, as that’s being handled by the Institut Francais. When I spoke with them yesterday, they were hopeful the booking system would be back up and running today, so I would suggest you keep trying. I’ll add a new post here once I have confirmation that the system is up and running. Apologies – as you can imagine, it’s frustrating all round.


  3. The tickets are all sold out, even though it’s over a month away. Real shame this couldn’t have been held somewhere bigger, when I saw this I wanted to go so much!


    • Sorry to hear you didn’t get a ticket – the venue has a capacity of 80, which is a lot for a workshop, but it’s a shame we couldn’t include more people. The level of interest has been really high, which gives us a good basis for organising more (and hopefully bigger) events in the future.


    • I think that a lot of good work is often done at the pub/between sessions too, and the plan is to take the speakers for dinner at a nearby pub so they can rejoin everyone after eating – I’ll post up details in the next couple of weeks once dinner arrangements are finalised.


    • I’ve just updated the programme with the pub we’ll be going to after the workshop – the Anglesey Arms. I’ve booked a table for the speakers at 6.30, but hopefully we can all talk before and after that.


  4. Unfortunately, Paul Patton has had to cancel his trip to Europe this summer, so won’t be speaking at the workshop. Instead, I will be presenting a paper on smooth and striated spaces. Apologies for the change to the programme; I’m sure it will be an excellent day nonetheless.


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