Deleuze’s Apprenticeship 2016-2017

SEMINAR SEPTEMBER 26 | Practicing Care

Deleuze’s Apprenticeship Lecturer: Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko

“When you work, you are necessarily in absolute solitude. You cannot have disciples, or be part of a school. The only work is moonlighting and is clandestine. But it is an extremely populous solitude. Populated not with dreams, phantasms or plans, but with encounters. An encounter is perhaps the same thing as a becoming, or nuptials. It is from the depth of this solitude that you can make any encounter whatsoever. You encounter people (and sometimes without knowing them or ever having seen them) but also movements, ideas, events, entities. All these things have proper names, but the proper name does not designate a person or a subject. It designates an effect, a zigzag, something which passes or happens between two as though under a potential difference.”[1][1] Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet, Dialogues, trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam (New York: Columbia University Press, 1987), 6.

This is not a course on Deleuze’s philosophy but rather how to think with Deleuze. You will not be taught yet another system what to think and know. If you are looking for yet another tool to master knowledge, these events will disappoint you. Deleuze’s apprenticeship that precedes the Annual National Deleuze Conference “The Grin Without a Cat” (May 17-18 2017 AKI) is to show you the ways to unlearn, unfamiliar whit what you think doing and do thinking, but not in order to find the one “true” way. Populated by encounters, we will learn together the path of multiple connections, uncomfortable lines of what drives thinking and creativity. We will slowly learn how to equip ourselves with minor glossaries, Deleuze’s ways of expression.  In this way, by following the path of the dark precursor that zigzags within the chaos of labyrinth, we will encounter the futurity, of those yet to come. This will be the path not of friendship, since we do not have to agree, we do not have to conform to the given ideas. Rather, we will follow the way of short alliances, risky relations and temporary joys. This is the apprenticeship of Deleuze, that we are to encounter.

Participation is open for all interested. Please register by sending mail to for further details.


Apprenticeship means that you are not to directly, unreflexively apply the concepts of Deleuze’s philosophy on your work, but to problematize it, see what is important for you, for today. We will focus on problems that appear in the process of creative thinking and practice. We will see how philosophical concepts are further generated within creative images, sounds, spaces and movements; and how they immediately generate new people, new forms of thinking. Consequently, we will see how the process of thinking and creation is already a political and ethical act.

Importantly, we will learn a different logic of thinking that Deleuze’s philosophy entails in order to think and practice it in your own words. We will learn how to use and understand the given tools of terminology in order to be able to work with it further in your own path. That is why, the lecturer is just a guide. She is not to tell you what is true, only how to encounter and not to be lost. You are to prepare to class by reading the given texts and finding what moves you and what is unclear. You are to ask questions and share with others your way of experiencing the path; and like in any encounter, when something disagrees with you, you speak up.

Advised self-study literature about Deleuze’s philosophy for the first encounter:

  • Adrian Parr, ed., The Deleuze Dictionary Revised Edition, Revised Edition (Edinburgh University Press, 2010).
  • Claire Colebrook, Understanding Deleuze (Crows Nest, N.S.W: Allen & Unwin, 2002).
  • Ronald Bogue, Deleuze on Music, Painting and the Arts (New York: Routledge, 2003).

Schedule and literature list (to be confirmed)

Time: every 2nd Monday; 13:30-16:30

  1. 10/10/2016 Introduction: Deleuze’s Demonology
  2. 31/10/2016 Affect
  3. 14/11/2016 Becoming and creativity
  4. 28/11/2016 Multiplicity and assemblage
  5. 12/12/2016 Relationality and movement
  6. 09/01/2017 Knowledge and learning
  7. 23/01/2017 Collaboration and friendship
  8. 06/02/2017 Difference and chaos
  9. 27/02/2017 Experiment and chance
  10. 13/03/2017 Politics and resistance
  11. 27/03/2017 Ethics and sustainability
  12. 10/04/2017 Futurity: for-the-people-yet-to-come
  13. 01/05/2017 Conclusion: preparation for the conference