The aim of "The Deleuze Seminars" project is to translate into English the seminar lectures of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) that were given at the the University of Paris 8 at Vincennes/St. Denis between 1979 and 1987, and to make them available online. The project is a continuation of work already undertaken by Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) (French National Library) and the University of Paris 8 at Vincennes/St. Denis.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of a "Scholarly Editions and Translations" grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, as well as a Global Synergy grant from the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University.

The content of this site is supported by a data management plan at the Purdue University Data Repository (PURR), and we gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Director of PURR, Michael Witt, as well as Matthew Kroll, who designed the data plan (https://purr.purdue.edu/groups/deleuze/about_the_seminars).

 

History of "The Deleuze Seminars" Project

Shortly after Deleuze’s death on 4 November 1995, one of his students, the musician Richard Pinhas, with the cooperation of Deleuze’s family (his wife Fanny, and children Julien and Émilie), created a website entitled WebDeleuze (https://www.webdeleuze.com/that was dedicated to Deleuze’s thought. The site not only initiated the project of transcribing Deleuze’s seminar lectures, but also included a wide range of resources and links for scholars interested in Deleuze work (including transcriptions of lectures by colleagues such as Félix Guattari, Jean-François Lyotard, André Scala; a complete bibliography of Deleuze’s writings by Timothy Murphy; scans of Deleuze’s manuscripts, etc.). The site is still functioning and remains a valuable resource.

In 1999, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) (French National Library) in Paris, recognizing the importance of Deleuze’s work as a part of France’s national patrimony, established an audio archive of all the seminars Deleuze gave at the Université de Paris 8 between 1979 and 1987. The archive was based on cassette recordings that had been made by a Japanese student named Hidenobu Suzuki, who unfailingly sat in the seat next to Deleuze and recorded the seminars for almost ten years. The BNF converted the recordings into digital files and made them accessible online through the Gallica search engine (https://gallica.bnf.fr/). A detailed summary of the holdings at the Bibliothèque Nationale has been published as a separate book by Frederic Astier, Les cours enregistrés de Gilles Deleuze, 1979-1987 (Mons, Belgium: Éditions Sils Maria, 2006).  

Two years later, in 2001, a group of preeminent French scholars, initially headed by the philosopher Alain Badiou, constituted a not-for-profit organization entitled L’Assocation Siècle Deleuzien (The ‘Deleuzian Century’ Association) whose aim was to build on the work of the BNF and to produce written transcriptions of the seminar recordings that had been collected in the archive. The project took fourteen years to complete. The French transcriptions are freely available at a website called La Voix de Gilles Deleuze (The Voice of Gilles Deleuze), which is hosted and maintained by the University of Paris 8 (http://www2.univ-paris8.fr/deleuze/).

This is where "The Deleuze Seminars" project has its origin. Starting in 2011, the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University provided two grants to complete the French transcriptions of two final seminar series: the 1985-1986 seminar series on Michel Foucault, and the 1979-1980 seminar series on The Apparatus of State and the War Machine. The transcriptions were completed by Annabelle Dufourcq (https://www.ru.nl/english/people/dufourcq-a/), and are available at the Paris 8 website.

The project to translate the French transcriptions into English began in August 2016 with the receipt of a "Scholarly Editions and Translation" grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. This website was created to host the online publication of the translations, and it will be updated regularly. 

 

Participants in "The Deleuze Seminars" Project

 

Director

Daniel W. Smith, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University

 

Advisory Board

Ian Buchanan, Professor and Director, Director, Institute for Social Transformation Research, University of Wollongong, Australia

Leonard Lawlor, Edwin Sparkes Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University

Timothy S. Murphy, Houston-Truax-Wentz Professor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University

Paul Patton, Scientia Professor, School of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

John Protevi, Phyllis M Taylor Professor of French Studies and Professor of Philosophy, Louisiana State University

Anne Sauvagnarges, Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris–Nanterre

 

Editorial Team

Nicolae Morar, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon

Thomas Nail, Department of Philosophy, University of Denver

 

Transcriptions

Annabelle Dufourcq, Department of Philosophy, Radboud University

Charles J. Stivale, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

 

Translators

Samantha Bankston, Department of Philosophy, Babson College

Alina Cherry, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Alex Feldman, Independent Translator, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Billy Dean Goehring, Independent Translator, Eugene, Oregon

Christian Kerslake, Independent Translator, London, United Kingdom

Mary Beth Mader, Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis

Melissa McMahon, Independent Translator, Canberra, Australia

Christopher Penfield, Department of Philosophy, Sweet Briar College

Charles J. Stivale, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

 

Website Design

Agile Humanities Agency, Dean Irvine, Director; Bill Kennedy, Designer

 

Website Support

Brandon Beatty, West Lafayette, Indiana

Brandon Kerns, Systems Administrator, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University

Justin Litaker, Mobile, Alabama

 

Purdue University Research Repository (PURR)

Michael Witt, Director

Matthew Kroll, Research Assistant

 

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Jason Boffetti, Senior Program Officer, Division of Research

Peter Scott, Grants Administrator