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 series of texts concerned with the critique of 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.

Empty Immanence

ICI Visiting Project 2020-21

This project addresses the question of a negative articulation of immanence in the work of Gilles Deleuze. It does so by attending to and emphasizing certain concepts or terms, within this work, that undermine the equation of immanence with affirmation—most notably the affirmation of the world, or the possibilities of world-making.

At the same time, it observes and tracks the manner in which Deleuze, by means of other elements in his work, resists this undermining. The ultimate aim is to insist on and elaborate a negativity, apparent here in terms of immanence, towards an anti-black world.

Literality, Vertigo,
and Remediation

ICI Affiliate Project 2015-16

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.