Delphi Carstens

Delphi Carstens
University of the Western Cape | uwc · Department of Academic Development

PhD

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Delphi Carstens is a lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. He holds a PhD that explores uncanny science fictions from Stellenbosch university. Research interests revolve around the intersection of feminist new materialisms, Deleuze & Guattarian practices, posthumanism, science/sonic fiction, speculative art-science activisms and pedagogy. Recent publications include chapters in edited volumes by Palgrave (Indigenous Creatures, Native Knowledges, and the Arts), Sternberg Press (Fiction as Method: Counterfactuals and Effective Virtualities) and Bloomsbury (Socially Just Pedagogies in Higher Education: Critical Posthumanist and New Feminist Materialist Perspectives) as well as articles in Parallax vol 24(3), Gender Questions vol 5(1) and Education as Change, vol. 21(2).

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This paper seeks to address a fundamental shift that has occurred in reality; a displacement that requires us to critically account for the ways in which knowledge is both being produced and taught at universities. The recent re-naming of the current geological epoch after anthropos has some chilling implications for humans and the ecosystems on wh...
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Theoretical perspectives that are useful for a pedagogy – one that aims to be beneficial in these times of socio-economic crisis, environmental destruction and climate change – need to account for materiality. Our time – referred to as the Anthropocene (the geological age of man) or, perhaps more accurately, the Capitalocene (the age of global capi...
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In resistance to capitalist logics of speculation, this article argues for audacious pedagogies of speculative fabulation. The kinds of pedagogical endeavours that times of uncertainty call for are by no means straightforward, calling as I argue along with Elizabeth de Freitas (2020) writing in this issue, for more venturesome approaches informed b...
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This paper uses Deleuzoguattarian schizoanalysis to interrogate concepts of social justice in relation to the crisis of neo-liberal capitalism by referring to the work of the Situationist International movement, the posthuman philosophy of Giles Deleuze and Félix Guattari as well as Afrofuturism. Providing an array of new theoretical responses as w...
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If you are interested in contributing, please send your abstract to the special issue editors before October 31st, 2022 (for more info, see the call for papers itself) ---------------------------- A growing number of philosophical studies are arguing for new frameworks from which to theorise and grapple with contemporary forms of violence that es...
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Feminist new materialist theory has taken up the challenge of reconfiguring politics, ethics and justice in ways that critically account for contemporary forms of materiality, affect and embodiment at work in the contemporary world. There is much at stake in such a project. The crisis of displacement, we argue, is the crisis of capitalism as it imp...
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This intra-view explores a number of productive junctions between contemporary Deleuzoguattarian and new materialist praxes via a series of questions and provocations. Productive tensions are explored via questions of epistemological, ontological, ethical, and political intra-sections as well as notions of difference, transversal contamination, eco...
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Humans find themselves inhabiting an uncanny milieu of accelerated cultural transition, uncertainty, and geopolitical crisis. The transformation of human and nonhuman worlds in the wake of technological progress narratives have raised troubling ontological spectres. ‘How’, for instance, ‘do we conceive of being when the distinction between organic...
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This paper reads Deleuze-Guattarian and new materialist theories alongside two landmark works of speculative science fiction by Angela Carter and Octavia Butler that queer normative conceptualisations of gender and sexuality. These theoretical and fictional explorations argue that subjectivity should be reconceptualised as immanent rather than fixe...
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Hybridity, tricksterism and shamanism/sorcery populate indigenous narratives, inform the combined oeuvre of Deleuze and Guattari and make frequent appearances in Afrofuturistic sonic fiction, literary fiction and artistic production. Intruding into the Afrofuturist-inspired work of South African artists such as Mer Roberts and Asha Zero, as well as...
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Africa is rich in migratory mythology that ties in with contemporary cyborg narratives, drawing strongly on motifs of transformation, hybridity, gender-blending and extra-sensory perception and offering viable alternatives to destructive techno-capitalism. In addition, it abounds with mysterious mythology, redolent in warped time-frames and twisted...
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As we hurtle rapid-fire toward probable ecological disasters and perceived Armageddon scenarios, hallucinatory maps that point the way to strange imagined futures hover at the edges of our vision. One such map at the hybrid crossroads of science, myth, and magic – one I have attempted to draw into focus - is the Techno-Genetrix , a fable of generat...

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To explore historical and contemporary responsibilities of scholars, educators and practitioners within social work and human services in the face of displacement, (forced) migration and forms of historical trauma to which these phenomena are linked. To this end, contributions will - 1. Consider the implications of developing understandings concerning the root causes of displacement and (forced) migration; 2. Reconsider established ethical understandings, approaches and theories in relation to displacement, (forced) migration and forms of historical trauma to which they give rise; and/or - 3. Critically reflect on existing and emerging efforts within social work and human service education and practice that seek to respond to human needs in connection with displacement, forced migration and historical trauma. Publication will be via a special Issue, forthcoming in Ethics & Social Welfare, Vol. 14(3), 2020. Guest Editors: 1. Dorothee Hӧlscher, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University 2. Sharlene Nipperess, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
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This research project is intended to contribute to current concerns about inequities regarding curriculum and participation in higher education by opening and developing spaces, both face-to-face and online, where academics/researchers from diverse disciplines and geopolitical contexts - not only in South Africa, but also in other participating regions (e.g. the EU and other countries, such as Cyprus, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States) - can imaginatively and creatively engage with the entanglement of different theoretical perspectives, texts and data in order to reconceptualise socially just pedagogical practices in higher education. Main question: How might socially just pedagogical practices in higher education be re-conceptualised and disseminated using contemporary theories across different disciplinary and geopolitical locations? Sub-questions: - How could using theoretical tools such as new feminist materialist and critical posthuman perspectives provide new insights for re-conceptualising and conducting socially just pedagogies in higher education? - How could relational ontologies such as the political ethics of care and feminist posthumanist ethics be diffractively read through each other to develop new insights into practising socially just pedagogies in higher education? - What are the political implications of these theoretical frameworks for socially just pedagogies? - How might we disseminate ideas about socially just pedagogies to achieve participatory parity in the distribution of ideas? - How could transdisciplinarity and geopolitical diversity be used to reconceptualise transformative higher education pedagogies? - What contributions might post-qualitative research methods make towards the scholarship, theory and practice of socially just pedagogies in higher education?