Announcement: Special Issue “Societies of Control”
In late 2019/early 2020, Coils of the Serpent will publish a special issue dedicated to Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript on the Societies of Control” (which the journal references in its title).
Read today, the Postscript seems to anticipate many of the mechanisms and forms of power characteristic of the present age. It is therefore not surprising that many diagnosticians of contemporary culture and society – and, in particular, analysts of late capitalism, neoliberalism, and the digital era – continue to refer to the text and use it as a source of inspiration. In 2020, it will be thirty years since the initial publication of the essay. To mark this occasion, we invite experts in Deleuze studies as well as in the theory and analysis of contemporary power dynamics to respond to the question: what relevance does the Postscript (still) have for thinking power and resistance in the 21st century?
The issue, edited by Florian Cord and Simon Schleusener, will bring together, and bring into dialogue with each other, a number of renowned experts as well as some younger scholars to engage in a debate not only about Deleuze’s “Postscript on the Societies of Control,” but on contemporary power in general.