Figurations of Immanence


  • Elisabeth Schäfer University of Vienna



writing, immanence, writing-as-research, Cixous, Deleuze, arts-based research


If anything, Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy, makes all living beings, including the human subjects, very much ‘part of nature’. Calling for an embodied philosophy of radical immanence marks the start of a bodily philosophy of relations. The body in this perspective is a relation to what is not itself. It is basically a movement or an activity. Could certain processes of writing be described as immanent to such movements or activities?

Author Biography

Elisabeth Schäfer, University of Vienna

Elisabeth Schäfer held a Postdoc position from 2014-2017 in the research project “Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS Arts-Based research” [AR 275-G21; sponsored by the Austrian Science Funds FWF] at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. She is also affiliated to the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna, where she teaches since 2010. Her main teaching and research areas include: Deconstruction, Queer-Feminist Philosophy, Écriture feminine, Philosophy of the body.

In 2013 Elisabeth Schäfer edited together with Esther Hutfless and Gertrude Postl the first German translation of Hélène Cixous’ famous essay “Le Rire de la Méduse”, which has been published at Passagen Press Vienna.

2017 she edited – again together with Esther Hutfless – “Conversation avec l’ane. Écrire aveugle” by Hélène Cixous, published at Zaglossus Vienna.

Elisabeth Schäfer is currently working on a research project on “Trans*Writing. Immanence and Transformation. Towards a Political, Ethical and Aesthetical Theory of Writing as Arts-based Research“ for which she applied for a research-grant.


Cixous, Hélène. 1976. “The Laugh of the Medusa.” Translated by Keith Cohen and Paula Cohen. Signs 1 (4): 875–893.

Deleuze, Gilles. 2001. “Immanence: A Life.” In Pure Immanence: Essays on A Life, translated by Anne Boyman, 25–33. New York: Zone Books.

Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. 1994. What is Philosophy? Translated by Hugh Tomlinson and Graham Burchell. New York: Columbia University Press.




How to Cite

Schäfer, Elisabeth. 2017. “Figurations of Immanence”. Performance Philosophy 3 (3):671-77.



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