115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hybrids, Populists, Emigrants, Terrorists and Schizoid Capital

Michel Valentin, University of Montana and EPIS

In spite of their democratic benevolence, satisfied consumerism, cosmopolitan blend, and multi-ethnic personality, the Occident is more divided than ever. At the intrapersonal and interpersonal level, otherness and identity are at odds. What seems to re-energize the death-drive in the circuit connecting desire to the social? Using a blend of Lacanian and Deleuzian theories, this essay tries to analyze the reasons why and map some possible ways out (from Deleuze's schizoid revolutionary pole to Lacan's symptom/"sainthomme").

Proposal: 

In spite of their democratic benevolence, satisfied consumerism,cosmopolitan blend, and multi-ethnic personality, the cities as well as thecountryside of the Occident are more divided than ever. In spite of theprofessed rule of human rights, women’s liberation, and socio-politicalprogressive thinking, violence flares up everywhere, unabated, while growingabysmal income inequalities re-enforce socio-cultural and ethnic competitionof all sorts, and while globalization accelerates the destruction of thenatural environment. At the intrapersonal and interpersonal level, othernessand identity are at odds. What seems to re-energize the death-drive in the circuit connecting desireto the social? Using a blend of Lacanian and Deleuzian theories, the presentessay tries to analyze the reasons why and map some possible way-outs (fromDeleuze's schizoid revolutionary pole to Lacan's symptom/"sainthomme").