Daniel Colucciello Barber is Assistant Professor at Pace University (New York) in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He is the author of Deleuze and the Naming of God: Post-Secularism and the Future of Immanence (Edinburgh UP, 2014) and On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity (Cascade, 2011), and is currently working on a two-volume project, Against Conversion.

He received his PhD from Duke University, where he worked in Religious Studies and the Program in Literature, and was previously a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a Research Fellow at the ICI Berlin.

Literality, Vertigo,
and Remediation

This project—which continues the research I pursued under the theme Conversion Remains—consists of a series of studies organized around the concepts of literality and vertigo. I contend that these concepts articulate modalities of reality that are incommensurable with the logic of conversion. The text is specifically concerned with the ways in which such incommensurability problematizes and/or is foreclosed by conversion’s power of remediation.

My interest is to articulate a refusal of remediation—drawing, for instance, on Bersani, Deleuze, Hartman, Laruelle, Sexton, Sharpe, and Wilderson—and to do so according to the “non.” This non is essential without being universal: it is not that which connects, brings together, or mediates all beings; it is that which is denied through the promise of such mediation.

Conversion Remains:
Genealogy, Contemporaneity, Intermattering

ICI Project 2012-14

When we think of conversion, we think of a past marked by Christianity and colonization. Less frequently addressed is the way that conversion remains—no longer as explicit Christian colonialism, but more precisely as a logic. This project examines the afterlife of the logic of conversion, one that plays itself out at various sites: the affective, embodied registers of gender and race, the demand set forth by new media for interactive flexibility, and the tendency to see our existence as secular rather than religious.

I seek to unveil the disseminated modalities in which the logic of conversion remains, and to pose against them a logic of intermattering: one that articulates how co-existing descriptions of the material universe immanently and endlessly undermine, relay, or superpose each other. I do so by drawing on the concept of diaspora, the insights of queer theory, the quantum physics-based philosophy of François Laruelle, and the religio-racial politics of Malcolm X.