Full time salary / 3

Everyone knows the adjunct hustle sucks…

But it’s especially brutal this time of year

All those contracts to sign

Seven, for me

Invitations to retreats, lunches

Where you’ll sit on the sidelines

But the numbers, they’re especially cold

When you see you’re making the full time salary, divided by three.

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Architectural and Urban Reflections after Deleuze and Guattari


A dispatch from the RGS-IBG in London:

Seeing the Rowman and Littlefield table at the conference today spurred me to look and see if this book to which I contributed a chapter was up on their site yet…and it was. The table of contents is pasted below:

Introduction, Constantin Boundas and Vana Tentokali
Part One – Architecture and Urbanism: Arts of the Built Space
Schizoanalytic City, Andrew Ballantyne
Deleuze, Space and the Architectural Fragment, Marko Jobst
Architectural Translations of Deleuze and Guattari’s Thought on the Concept of Place, Dimitra Chatzisavva
The Skin of the Public Space, Vana Tentokali and Constantin Boundas
Bodies without Organs and Cities without Architecture, Chris Smith
Part Two – Architectural and Urbanist Tool Boxes
Gilles Deleuze and Chaos Theory, Stathis-Alexander Zoulias
A Thousand Models of Realization: Toward a Deleuzoguattarian Critical Urban Theory, Keith Harris
Non-Correlational Athens, Stavros Kousoulas
Architecture at the Age of Its Digital Production: The Force, Differentiation and Humanity of the Fold as an Architectural Principle, Constantinos Proimos
Design of Earth Movement: Objects, Buildings and Environment Conceived as Landscape Formations, Konstantinos Moraitis
Spatial Transcriptions of the Concept of the Fold in Architecture as a Landscape Sensitive Approach, Anthi Verykiou
Part Three – Vital Materiality
Laocoon and the Snakes of History, Bernard Cache
Reterritorializing Concrete as an Actor of Comfort in Architecture, Athena Moustaka
Radicalizing Architecture by redefining the Monument, Mike Hale
Diagrammatic Narratives: Graphic Fields of Rupture and Catastrophe, Anthia Kosma
The Concept of the Map in the Homeric Odyssey, Aspasia Kouzoupi
Part Four – The Clinical
From the Exhaustion of the Dogmatic Image of Thought that Circumscribes Architecture to Feminist Practices of Joy, Hélène Frichot
Contributor Biographies
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Joshua Ramey on GCAS and Rogue Scholars

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Michel Rostain on CERFI’s work commune

I’ve been reading Janet Morford’s 1985 thesis on CERFI, which is full of excellent interviews with CERFI members. I’ll keep posting these short translations as I finish them:

Well, there was an alternative intellectual environment that must be understood. At the end of the 1960s, there was a wave of communes in France, as in the United States. So, we, instead of making a commune around everyday life – that is, a house in which everyone lived, and pretty uncomfortably – we made a work commune. We made a work commune by saying: “Okay, we are intellectuals, but instead of working in a scattered way, with each of us in our own government agency, school, or whatever, we’re going to pool our labor power, negotiate with it, and sell it. And then we will share the money that we earn – this will help us develop our ideas, our labor power, our movement as a movement.” It was really important, you know. I think the idea was something like this.

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Guattari on Recherches/Urbanism

Working on my RGS-IBG paper, I came across and did a quick translation of this brief comment from the editorial to the second issue of Recherches, in which Guattari* is responding to confusion over the first issue.

Recherches is a means of expression for any group working in a part of the social field that is oriented toward analyzing the institutions into which each of us is inserted, and in which each of us accepts being constantly interpellated by other groups established in other sectors. This is to say that questions of architecture or urbanism, for example, are not simply the affairs of technicians shut away in their disciplinary fields, but rather that they concern psychiatrists, teachers, economists, and film directors. The rule of the game is what follows: everyone speaks their own language without making concessions, without shame, and without any social compromises that give the illusion of comprehension but which cause each person to withdraw into their own system and into their “truth,” as if it could be shared according to the university’s “Human Sciences” classification table.”

*Update: I just realized that the editorial is unsigned but I presume, perhaps wrongly, that it was  written by Guattari, who managed the first five issues.

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La Grande Pâque draft translation

I just finished my second pass through my draft translation of Jacques Besse’s La Grande Pâque, and will be sending it off to an academic publisher who is interested in it by the end of the month. Besse was a patient of Guattari’s at La Borde, and is quoted in Anti-Oedipus, and mentioned Dialogues II; I’ve written a few things and posted a few drafts over the last year-and-a-half about him and his work (link), including an AAG paper that contains some ideas for an eventual book introduction and/or article about him and his relation to Deleuze and Guattari, desire, and urban environments. I sometimes ask how I got myself into this “little” project — it’s only 22,000 words, but the language is all over the place — but at the same time, it’s been incredibly satisfying. The highlight so far was either tracking down multiple locations from the novella on a recent 24-hour layover in Paris (including a surprise encounter with a street full of prostitutes in exactly the same place where he went in search of them) or coming across and reading Patrick Modiano’s novel Chien de printemps, in which Besse appears rather accurately, as far as I can tell.


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