Folds, Networks, Fissures: Topological Thinking in Philosophy, Art, and Literature

December 2011

In light of the recent interest in spatial concepts and topology, in particular, we hope to offer the opportunity for interdisciplinary discussion on this topic and its history and manifestation in figures of thought in numerous disciplines.

The aim of our exploratory seminar is to invite scholars from different disciplines to a two-day exchange during which we would like to discuss: 1) the history of topology in mathematics and the sciences, 2) topology as a method for such thinkers as Deleuze, Serres, and Badiou, and 3) topological figures of thought (folds, networks, fissures, etc.) and their creative potential in the humanities.

We would hope to provide an overview of the most recent scholarship on topology as well as sketch exciting avenues for future research.