Audronė Žukauskaitė

Audronė Žukauskaitė is a Head of Research at the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute. Her recent publications include the monograph Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s Philosophy: The Logic of Multiplicity (2011, in Lithuanian), and an edited volume titled Intensities and Flows: Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy in the Context of Contemporary Art and Politics (2011, in Lithuanian). She also co-edited (with S. E. Wilmer) Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010; Deleuze and Beckett, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; and Resisting Biopolitics: Philosophical, Political and Performative Strategies, New York, London: Routledge, 2016. She also contributed essays to such volumes as Deleuze and Ethics (2011), Deleuze Studies (vol. 6, no. 4, 2012), Performance, Identity, and the Neo-Political Subject (2013), and Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism (2014).

Abstract: “Immunity and Contagion: Towards a Posthuman Biophilosophy”

Foucault, Agamben and Esposito demonstrated that modern biopolitical theories rest on the distinction between self and non-self, proper and improper, immune and contagious. In order to confront these biopolitical distinctions, we need to question the notion of identity and replace it with that of multiplicity or assemblage. Following Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas on multiplicity and Esposito’s notion of affirmative biopolitics, we can redefine subjectivity as a process of individuation and differentiation, which is open to accept elements of non-self. Some specific examples in biomedical practice and bioart reveal the body as a fusional multiplicity where different molecular populations interact. This interface, or the affective dimension of the body, is understood in terms of posthuman biophilosophy and can be seen as a positive way to encounter the other.