Influential Philosophy Conference
- Posted: 27th June 2012
UNSW recently partnered with Henan University, China to host an international conference on the works of the influential French philosopher Gilles Deleuze.
The Kaifeng International Deleuze Conference held in May, was the first of its kind to be held in China, in the ancient capital of Kaifeng City.
“It will undoubtedly lead to more encounters and further engagements amongst Asian and Western scholars in East Asia in the humanities and social sciences.” Prof Patton said.
The two-day conference attracted scholars from a range of disciplines from China, Korea, Australia and Japan across the humanities and social sciences, including Literary and Film studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Art and Philosophy. Plenary speakers included Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht), Anne Sauvagnargues (Paris X), Ronald Bogue (Georgia) and Brian Massumi (Montreal).
Among present and former UNSW staff and students attending and presenting papers at the conference were Teresa Rizzo, Grant Hamilton, Craig Lundy, Sean Bowden, Daniel W. Smith and Paul Patton.
Prof Patton said the conference was further collaboration with Henan University and others from China, South Korea and Japan following the 2010 UNSW International Research Workshop, at which Prof Patton hosted a Deleuze panel.
Prof Gao Jihai, Professor of English at Henan University had also recently visited UNSW and presented in the Centre for Modernism in Australia 2011 Seminar Series.
Prof Patton said that this collaboration has strengthened the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences ties with Henan University, one of the oldest universities in China.
“These exchanges and the collaboration in organizing this conference have established a strong relationship between colleagues in FASS and their counterparts at Henan.” He said.