Janae Sholtz

Dr. Janae Sholtz

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Coordinator of Women's Gender Studies


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) - 2009
  • M.A. Philosophy, New School University (New York, NY) – 2002
  • B.A. in Philosophy & B.A. in English Literature, Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) – 1998


About Dr. Sholtz

Dr. Janae Sholtz is one of Alvernia's Neag Scholars and the author of The Invention of a People, Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political, and the editor of Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism: Alliances and Allies for Bloomsbury and a special journal edition entitled Infinite Eros: Deleuze, Guattari, and Feminist Couplings. Dr. Sholtz has published research in teh areas of continental philosophy, feminist theory, philosophy of art, and social and political philosophy. She has written articles for Evental Aesthetics, Deleuze and Guattair Studies, Journal of Continental and Comparative Philosophy, phioSOPHIA and is currently co-editing a book on Contemporary French Philosophy and Stoicism.

Dr. Sholtz, associate professor of philosophy, teaches in major areas of philosophy such as Ancient Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Art and Film and Feminist and Gender Theory. She researches primarily in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Continental Philosophy and is interested in how different forms of expression and activity generate new modes of thinking and how the development of new concepts, new ideas, and new ways of thinking can become catalysts for transforming our understanding of human nature, the position of the human vis-à-vis nature, and non-human beings. She has a strong interest in aesthetic practices both in the art world and everyday life, and how the affects created through these practices contribute to a new ethos that can be shared and transmitted on social and political levels. Dr. Sholtz is interested in investigating the nature of the creative event in Deleuze and Guattari’s work as well as problems of agency and creativity in new materialism. She has always been fascinated with the intersection between art and philosophy; this has been the motivating factor in much of what she has been drawn to, intellectually and in life.


Dr. Sholtz is a part of an Interdisciplinary Research Group – Deleuze and Cosmology (2018-2023), supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC - Canada), which is comprised of two philosophers and two physicists and aims to explore the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze with a focus on his cosmological sensibility. The investigators seek to reconcile contemporary understandings of cosmology with the philosophical thought of Gilles Deleuze. The first three parts of the research project will parallel what Deleuze & Guattari identify as the three “forms of thought,” namely, philosophy, science, and art. The final part of the project will turn its attention to ethics and the event. https://www3.laurentian.ca/deleuzecosmo/


Dr. Sholtz’s teaching interests are congruent with her research, though not limited to this arena. She is always exploring new ways to connect her own specific areas of interest to the broader field of philosophy and relishes the opportunity to expand her base of expertise. She is interested in developing courses that serve to stimulate a wide undergraduate audience to philosophical questioning and inspire students to continue along the path of philosophical inquiry. Dr. Sholtz incorporates literature, film, contemporary events and social critique into her lectures in order to provide multiple points of access to the material and generate what has been called the origin of philosophy, wonder.

Areas of Specialization

  • Twentieth Century and Contemporary Continental
  • Feminist Theory
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Ontology
  • Ethical Theory



  • The Invention of a People, Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political (Edinburgh Press, March 2015)
  • Janae Sholtz and Cheri L. Carr (eds.), Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism: Alliances and Allies, (London: Bloomsbury Press, August 2019)
  • Janae Sholtz and Cheri L. Carr (eds.), Infinite Eros: Deleuze, Guattari, and Feminist Couplings, Deleuze and Guattari Studies Journal Special Edition, 12.4 (Nov 2018)
  • “Bataille and Deleuze’s Peculiar Askesis:  Techniques of Transgression, Meditation, and Dramatisation”, Deleuze and Guattari Studies, 14.3 (Summer, 2020)
  • “The Genetic Power of Paradox: From Dark Precursor to Quasi-Causality” Deleuze and Guattari Studies (Special Issue: Difference and Repetition at 50!), (Spring, 2020)
  • "Deleuzian Creativity and Fluxus Nomadology: Inspiring New Futures, New Thought?", Evental Aesthetics, 7.1 (Spring 2018): 102-137.
  • Dramatisation as a Life Practice: Counteractualisation, Death and the Event" Deleuze Studies, 10.1 (2016): 50-69.
  • “A Deleuzian Perspective on Drawing: The Philosopher as a Line, a Mobile Image of Thought,” Orpheus Institute Series, Eds. P. de Assis and P. Giudici (Belgium: Leuven University Press, 2019)
  • “Deleuzian Exercises and the Inversion of Stoicism,” French and Italian Stoicisms: From Sartre to Agamben (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming Spring 2020)
  • “Deleuzian Intervals of Resistance: Being True to the Earth in the Light of the Anthropocene,” Interrogating the Anthropocene: Ecology, Aesthetics, Pedagogy, and the Future in Question (Educational Futures Series), Ed. J. Jagodzinski (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • “Affects of Indeterminacy and Silence as Aleatory Intervals Between Art and Philosophy - A Deleuzian Reading,” The Dark Precursor, Orpheus Institute Series, Eds. P. de Assis and P. Giudici (Belgium: Leuven University Press, 2017)
  • “Speaking Out for Others: Philosophy’s Activity in Deleuze and Foucault (and Heidegger)” (second author, co-author: Leonard Lawlor), Between Deleuze and Foucault. Eds. D. Smith, T. Nail, N. Morar. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Press, 2016)
  • "Bruising the Rose: Becoming Beautiful in Gordon Bearn’s Life Drawing: A Deleuzian Aesthetics of Existence,” Comparative and Continental Philosophy, forthcoming 2014
  •  “Heidegger and Deleuze,” (co-author: Leonard Lawlor). The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger. Eds. François Raffoul & Eric S. Nelson. Continuum Press, Spring 2013
  • “What is Philosophy for Deleuze and Foucault?” (co-author: Leonard Lawlor). Between Deleuze and Foucault. Eds. Daniel Smith, Thomas Nail and Nicolae Morar. Continuum Press, Spring 2013
  • “Reflections on Continental and Feminist Pedagogy: Heidegger and Anzaldua.” PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. Volume 2. Issue 1. January 2012
  • Article-length review of Gilles Deleuze: The Intensive Reduction. Constantin Boundas, Ed. Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy. V.III, Autumn 2010


Keynote and Invited Speaking Engagements

  • Keynote/International Instructor: “New Modes of Humanism: Animals, Cyborgs, and Data-Swarms,” Cologne Summer School of Interdisciplinary Anthropology, Sep. 23, 2019, http://artes.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/30384.html?fbclid=IwAR2rjRwMyQ7GIqsCKt9bBCVfQrm9VmBFV1NhjnPRN52S9z4NUkam5we-0g8
  • Opening Plenary: “Deleuze Inversion of Stoicism: Bodies, Sense, Quasi-Causality,” From Sense to Machinic Becoming - International Deleuze Studies Conference, London, July 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2960&v=Kx_25jKZlFA
  • Keynote: “Desire, Delirium, and Revolutionary LoveNorth Texas Philosophical Association, Dallas, Texas, April 2019
  • Invited Speaker: “The Philosopher’s Infinite Practice: A Mobile Image of Thought”, at the Deleuze & Guattari Latin American Network Workshop and Conference, Valparaíso, Chile, November 7-11, 2018
  • Invited Speaker: “Analyzing Anti-Oedipus: Desire, Delirium, and Revolutionary Love” Deleuze Circle, SPEP, State College, PA, October 18-20, 2018
  • Invited Speaker: “The Genetic Power of Paradox: From Dark Precursor to Quasi-Causality” A Half Century of Difference and Repetition, Gettysburg College, October 5-6, 201
  • International Instructor: “Technology, Urban Space and Culture: Emerging Paradigms for Global India” Global Initiative of Academic Network Scheme (GIAN), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, Dec 8-13, 2017
  • Guest Lecturer: Seminar - Massumi’s Semblance and Event, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, April 2017
  • Featured Speaker: “Intervals of Resistance: Reinterpreting Earth as the Space of the Cosmic” Speakers Series: Aesthetics and Practices of the Earth, ULB, Brussels, Belgium, March 2017
  • Plenary: “Alliances and Allies: What Can Schizoanalysis Do for Feminism?” at Aesthetics and the Political in Contemporary India: Deleuzian Explorations International Deleuze Studies in India, Mumbai, India, February 2017
  • Featured Speaker: “The Uses and Abuses of Affect: The Necessity of the Creative Act in a Time of Global Terror," Theorizing at Rowan Philosophy Series, Rowan University, NJ, November 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euAwJy7lkfc
  • Keynote: “Schizoanalysis and the Deterritorializations of Transnational Feminism”, International Deleuze Studies in Asia, Seoul, South Korea, June 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-yOcwbvHGM
  • Featured Speaker: “What is it to Dramatise? Bataille and Deleuze’s Celebration of the Laceration of the Self, Unlimited Transgression, and the Excess of Life” Philosophy Speaker Series, California State University, Stanislaus, April 2016
  • Book Panel and Author Response for Invention of a People, North Texas Philosophical Association, Dallas, April 2016
  • Featured Speaker: “Intervals of Resistance: Being True to the Earth in the Light of the Anthropocene” Anthropocene, Ecology, Pedagogy: The Future in Question Speaker Series, Alberta University, Ontario Canada, February 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv3sgCISVK4
  • Invited Speaker: “Deleuzian Exercises and the Inversion of Stoicism” Stoicism and French Continental Philosophy, Bristol UK, Jan. 2016


Recent Conference Presentations

  • “The Logic of Affects: Reconsidering Stoic Imperatives for Becoming Worthy of the Deleuzian Event” Capacious Making Spaces - Affect Theory Conference, Lancaster PA, August 2018
  • “Techno-capitalism, New Materialism, and the Abstract Machine” Micro-revolutions, Politics, and Desire, International Deleuze Studies, Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 2018
  • “Deleuzian Aesthetics and the Uses and Abuses of Image and Affect in a Time of Globalized Violence,” Violent Images: ACLA, Los Angeles, CA, April 2018
  • “The Philosopher as a Line – A Deleuzian Perspective on Drawing” Aberrant Nuptials, Deleuze and Art Research - DARE, Ghent, Belgium November 2017
  • “What Can Schizoanalysis Do for Feminism?” Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences Annual, Memphis, TN October 2017
  •  “The Joining of Heidegger and Deleuze on the Plateaus of Axelos and Klee- reprised” – Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences Annual Conference, October 2014
  • “Deleuze’s Transmutation of the Free Indirect” – Narrative and Image, PACT Conference, Los Angeles, October 2014
  • “Elucidations of the Minor: Free Indirect Discourse and the Machinic” – Approaching the Liminal: Pushing the Boundaries of Continental Philosophy, 1st Annual Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Conference, September 2014
  • “The Joining of Heidegger and Deleuze on the Plateaus of Axelos and Klee” – NTPA, April 2014
  • “The Ecstasies of Diagram, Art, and Life: Rhythmic Being Beyond the Frame” – Geo-Aesthetics Conference, March 2014
  • “Permeable Place and a Community-In-Between: Deleuze and Fluxus” – Place, PACT Conference, San Francisco, September 2013
  • “Fluxus and Deleuze: Art can be community can create community as in-between” – International Deleuze Studies Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 2013
  • “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication” – Heidegger Circle, Spring 2013
  • “Perverse Thought: Deleuzian Cosmic-Immanence” – NTPA, Spring 2013
  • “Heidegger and Deleuze,” – Between Deleuze and Foucault Conference, Purdue, November 2012
  • “From Earth to Cosmos, Shattering Elemental Logic” – The Elemental, PACT Conference, Hawaii, September 2012
  • “The People are Missing: Heidegger and Deleuze”– International Deleuze Studies Conference, Tulane University, June 2012 
  • “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication – reprised”– International Deleuze Studies Conference, Tulane University, June 2012 
  •  “Heidegger, Feminism and Intersectional Consciousness” – PhiloSOPHIA, Vanderbilt University, May 2011
  • “The Diagram in the Image: A Provocation of Thought” – The International Image Conference, UCLA, December 2010
  • “We are the ‘They’: A Query about Feminist Pedagogy” – Feminism in Practice Conference, Lehigh University, Fall 2010
  • “Wondering about Alice through the Looking Glasses of Irigaray and Deleuze” - Irigaray Circle, New York, Fall 2007
  • “Deleuze’s Art: Thinking through the Diagram” - Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Italy, July 2007
  •  “Irigaray’s Diotima, A New Ethics from an Age Old Theme: Eros” - Rhodes College, November 7, 2006
  • “Crossing Boundaries and Re-conceiving Limits: Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray and Gilbert Simondon” - Tennessee Philosophical Association, October 2006


Contact Information

Janae Sholtz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Francis Hall 229



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