16 May 2018 from 10:00 to 18:00

Deleuze and the politics of sustainability

Annual Deleuze Scholarship Conference # 7

Prof. Adrian Parr
Prof. Adrian Parr

Please send in an abstract and register to present your work in one of the four parallel sessions via gw.braidottiass@uu.nl. Deadline to submit paper presentations: 16 April 2018.  

Prof. Adrian Parr will give the keynote lecture at the annual Deleuze conference in Utrecht. Parr is an internationally recognized environmental, political, and cultural thinker and activist. She is the Director of the UC Taft Research Center and a UNESCO water chair of water access and sustainability. 

Conveners of the symosium are Prof. Rosi Braidotti and Dr Rick Dolphijn.

The event is organised  with the OSL, University of Amsterdam and in collaboration with Prof. Maarten Hajer (Urban Futures Studio) and het Sustainability Initiative.

Morning session (10-12.30hrs)

Utrecht University, inner city, Auditorium D13 – 004 , Drift 13, Utrecht.

  • Open doors & coffee and tea (10hrs)
  • Welcome by Prof. Rosi Braidotti and opening remarks by Dr. Rick Dolphijn (10.30hrs)
  • Lecture by Prof. Adrian Parr on Emancipatory Imaginings (with Q&A) (10.45hrs)

Prof. Adrian Parr is an internationally recognized environmental, political, and cultural thinker and activist. She is the Director of the UC Taft Research Center and a UNESCO water chair of water access and sustainability. She is a founding signatory of the Geneva Actions on Human Water Security. In 2011 Parr received the UC Rieveschl Award for Scholarly and Creative Work. She is the founder and director of Louder Than A Bomb Cincy, a citywide youth spoken word competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the producer of three public humanities projects. These consist of the multi-award winning film series (with Sean and Jon Hughes), The Intimate Realities of Water Project, and two online series of short and engaging interviews with prominent activists and eminent scholars –TAFTtalks and H2Otalks – on topics ranging from violence, to migration, water rights, and climate change.

She is a writer, public speaker, community organizer, and filmmaker. She has published numerous books and articles and has been interviewed for her views on social and environmental justice byThe New York Times, public radio and television. She has published op-eds in The LA Review of BooksAl JazeeraThe World Financial Review, and The European Magazine. The driving force behind all her work is the question of how to overcome ecological and economic scarcity. She asserts that environmental devastation and climate change are crimes against humanity. Parr works at the intersection of environmental politics, water access, sustainable development, and the built environment, advocating for what she calls ‘bastard solidarities’ between reform-based politics and confrontational political strategies.

As governments, policy makers, and the courts worldwide struggle to redress environmental degradation and the harms experienced by vulnerable communities, Parr looks to themes of equity, friendship, and generosity as starting points for change. She argues in favor of creating social models premised upon open-minded, ecologically conscious, non-violent, and participatory ways of living. She maintains an inclusive emancipatory political imagination will help get us there.

ABSTRACT: Rising sea levels, increasing frequency and intensity of storms, prolonged drought, cities leveled by war, growing inequity and poverty, and mass species extinction – these are all features of life in the 21st Century and they all concern environmental politics. The question is, how in this variegated context, does environmental politics work? The answer I maintain comes from bringing the transformative potential of political ideas and affects into relationship with one another through an exercise of emancipatory imagination. On the one hand this is a politics that invokes the representational character of the political. On the other hand, it doesn’t represent anything. Rather, it is a feeling of revolutionary hope, or what Deleuze and Spinoza might describe as an affect. One of the greatest hurdles environmental politics has to overcome is the manner in which social change is affirmed. The biggest challenge is the cooptation and criminalization of environmentalism through an exercise of fascistic imagination. In this regard, maintaining an open and dynamic relation between idea and affect enables emancipatory imaginings to enhance environmentalism’s power to act.

Afternoon Session with parallel panel sessions at Drift 23, Utrecht 14-18hrs)

  • Parallel session 1 (14-15.30hrs): Chaired by Prof. Rosi Braidotti at D23 – 212 
  • Parallel session 2 (14-15.30hrs): Chaired by Dr. Rick Dolphijn at D23 – 113 
  • Tea and coffee break (15.30-16hrs)
  • Parallel session 3 (16-18hrs): Chaired by Prof. Rosi Braidotti at  D23 – 212 
  • Parallel session 4 (16-18hrs): Chaired by Dr. Rick Dolphijn at D23 – 113 
  • Closing and drinks (18hrs)


Start date and time
16 May 2018 10:00
End date and time
16 May 2018 18:00