I’ve mentioned the Deleuze Seminars project before – an online resource gathering recordings, transcriptions and translations of his teaching work. This kind of work is very valuable, but relies on source material. I know from my work on Foucault that sometimes people have recordings or other bits of evidence, and that they don’t always realise the value. So as well as sharing the link to the resource again, I also wanted to publicise the project’s appeal for help.
Did you attend Deleuze’s courses during the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s? Do you have recordings or notes that you would be willing to have posted on The Deleuze Seminars website?
If so, please email us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or send us a message using “Contact Us” link in the website. If materials cannot be sent electronically, we will try to cover the cost of shipping them via the regular postal service. Items can be mailed to the director of the project, Daniel W. Smith, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University, 100 N. University Ave., West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA.
Materials sent to us will be posted as soon as possible, and our hope is that they can ultimately be transcribed and translated.
Deleuze began teaching at the University of Paris, Vincennes-St. Denis in 1969, where he taught until his retirement in 1987. Fortunately for posterity, a Japanese student named Hidenobu Suzuki recorded almost all Deleuze’s seminars between 1979 and 1987, and his cassettes became the basis for the archive established at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
However, before 1979 we have few recordings of Deleuze’s seminars, most of which were devoted to the research that resulted in the two volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia. The extant recordings from this period primarily were made by Richard Pinhas and are available at WebDeleuze.
We are thus launching this data rescue effort to retrieve as many of these recordings as possible from the 1969-1979 decade (and even before). But the clock is ticking. Students who attended Deleuze’s course in 1970 when they were 25 years old are now 75 years old, and the cassette recordings form this period may soon be lost to posterity forever. So if you have recordings or notes—or know someone who does—please let us know.
We are grateful for your assistance in helping us complete this archive of Deleuze’s seminar lectures.