Nomadity beyond contemporaneity: Prelude to the indisciplinary rigor

David Muñoz Alcantara

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When addressing notions of nomadism in relation to knowledge production, it seems unavoidable to delve upon Gilles Deleuze’s Treatise on Nomadology as a triggering potential unfolding. Through his treatise, Deleuze underlines the flow sustained by the unsettled distinctions between strategy (generally attributed to the mechanisms of royal knowledges), in conflictual opposition to the tactics (as the productive tool pertaining to those subordinated categories of knowledge). His proposition unfolds by a manifested distinction —a becoming, that emerges outside the limits of these relations. The body of a war machine in antagonist relation to the State Apparatus, a constantly contested processes of territorialization and deterritorialization.

Complementing this argument from what has become a returning historical materialist position, could be said that the borders between knowledges, and discourses of categorization (noology) that distinguish hierarchies between “free”, “pure” and “applied” knowledges; are based on attributing a position of centrality to the State or other institutionalised monopolies. A simulacrum violently imposed, serving the regulation of flows between exchanges in order to capitalize knowledges’ creative potentials, to govern their productive and reproductive capacities, and speculative tendencies. Through the configurations that shape these particular conflicts, is where the actuality of knowledge seems to acquire its disciplinary character, together with its financial possibility. Even to the point of been mistakenly rendered as an unavoidable dependency; turning attributions of centrality into a paradoxical situation, or —in the most critical cases, an infrastructural horizon.

The necessity for a continuous fight against renewed forms of coloniality, the persistent recovery of what belongs to collectivity (what can not be divided), the exercise of practical means to keep oneself alert, and the cultivation of postulates against discipline have always been inquiries of nomadity. In this sense nomadity beyond contemporaneity is not a scape, but a reminder that knowledges are rooted and co-dependent to collective indisciplinary potentialities, which spread disruptive and transversally. It is also an invitation for moving things off-centre.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • collective indisciplinary praxis

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