Deleuze and Guattari Studies Call for Papers:
Special Issue “Space, Control, Resistance”

Guest Editors:
Milica Mađanović
Simona Žikić
George Hristov

The collection is dedicated to the theme of the 15th International Deleuze and Guattari Studies Conference and Camp: ‘Space, Control, Resistance’.

The conference reengaged with Deleuze’s ‘Postscript on the Societies of Control’, in which he named ‘control’ as the ‘new monster’, and outlined a new arrangement of power in which ‘liberating and enslaving forces confront one another’ in a novel way.

The old societies of discipline, which Deleuze saw as the predecessor to those of control, operated through spaces of confinement and enclosure. Their crisis gave way to a different type of spatial organization of power: instead of discreet enclosures, we find ourselves in open spaces and within a continuous network. The enclosed and isolated body of the prison has given way to bodies in ‘open prisons’ and a nomadic psyche that carries the panopticon with(in) itself. However, these novel spaces of domination call for ‘new forms of resistance’, and also, new types of critique. By employing Deleuze and Guattari’s conceptual framework, this special issue aims to explore the intersection of liberation and enslavement within these spaces and chart new paths for theory and critique.

Papers that engage in conceptual and theoretical analysis, and arguments that seek to apply Deleuze and Guattari’s conceptual framework to specific fields, are equally welcome. The range of topics may include (but is certainly not limited to) the following:

  • Becoming of the concept of ‘control’ in Deleuze and Guattari’s thought
  • Comparison of Deleuze’s outline of control society and new ‘immanent critique’ to contemporaneous developments in other traditions (for example, Honneth’s redeployment of ‘immanent critique’ in recognition theory)
  • ‘Resistance’, ‘discipline’ and ‘control’ in Foucault, and Deleuze and Guattari
  • Digitalization and AI as new spaces of control and resistance
  • Control society and migration
  • Spaces of control, built environment and public infrastructure
  • Anthropocene studies and ecology
  • ‘Control’ and literature
  • Spaces of control, and visual and performing arts
  • Control and Marxism (transition to control as an evolution of capitalism)
  • The role of time and temporality in thinking new forms of resistance

Authors are kindly asked to send abstracts before submitting their complete manuscripts to ensure alignment with the issue’s themes. Please send your abstracts to the email address provided below by January 10, 2024. The abstracts should be between 250–400 words in length. Authors will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by January 31, 2024. It is important to note that approval of abstracts does not guarantee acceptance of final manuscripts.

The final contributions should be in the range of 6000–8000 words and adhere to the Deleuze and Guattari Studies style, which can be found at []. The deadline for the first drafts of papers is July 1, 2024.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact the editors using the following email address: