Experimenting Face to the Anthropocene: An Image of the Earth-Thought from a Symptomatic Earth’s Line

Paolo Vignola

conference: DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials
date: November 21, 2017
venue: Orpheus Institute, Concert Hall
format: from afar
practice: philosophy
keywords: anthropocene, plane of immanence

abstract about the author(s)


This paper aims to reactivate Deleuze and Guattari’s geophilosophy, making it coherent with their perspective, in a particular and situated locus, in order to experiment with the traits of a new germinal image of thought. Such a locus comes from South American literature and the decolonialist point of view, whose strategic importance is growing in importance in relation to the Anthropocene. This singular locus is in its turn a particular locality: the equatorial line as it is described by Grado Cero, a collective book edited by Esteban Ponce Ortiz within an interdisciplinary project developed at Universidad de las Artes of Guayaquil (Ecuador), which concerns authors including Jorge Carrera Andrade, Leonardo Valencia, Édouard Glissant, Walter Mignolo, Enrique Dussel, and also Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jules Verne. One of the most interesting elements of such a work in relation to the DARE conference is the virtual connection with Deleuze’s reading of Melville as a pragmatist thinker engaged in the project of the invention of “a  people  to come,” a people composed of a community (and complicity) of imagining subjects, which in its turn should rise from a worldview as “a  process and an archipelago,” like   the Galapagos Islands (described in Melville, The Encantadas, to which Deleuze refers in Essays Critical and Clinical).

Following various theoretical frameworks critiquing the Eurocentric, anthropocentric, and colonial view of the Anthropocene, and intersecting it with Deleuze’s concept of becoming- minor in literature and in the arts, this paper will try to connect this to a theoretical act  by the equinoctial condition. Such a theoretical act could be conceived as the attempt to renew a plane of immanence towards a situated and decolonial geophilosophy.

about the author(s)

Paolo Vignola

Paolo Vignola, PhD in philosophy, is currently a Prometeo researcher at Universidad de las Artes of Guayaquil (Ecuador), where he teaches “Philosophy of Literature.” He is a scholar of contemporary French philosophy, aesthetics, moral philosophy, and philosophy of technology. He is a co-founder of the journal La Deleuziana and he collaborates with many journals. Vignola has published several essays in Italian, English, and French, edited five collective books, and is the author of four books: Le frecce di Nietzsche: Confrontando Deleuze e Derrida (2008), La lingua animale: Deleuze attraverso la letteratura (2011), Sulla propria pelle: La questione trascendentale tra Kant e Deleuze (2012) and L’attenzione altrove: Sintomatologie di quel che ci accade (2013). Recently he edited a special issue of Ethics & Politics dedicated to Deleuze’s political actuality (2016) and, with Sara Baranzoni, a special issue of Aut Aut dedicated to Stiegler’s philosophy of technology (2016).

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