In this research, the political relationality in-between life and expression is viewed on through Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizomatic anti-methodology. In the first part, the methodological context is elaborated and brought into relation with Arendt and Agamben's work. After Part I Dispositioning a Milieu in which I dispose the conceptual and paradigmatic frameworks of thinking within politics of flight; in Part II Exposition of Milieus the diversity of practices within the politics of flight are mapped out. This provides a politico-philosophical diagnosis in which the relationships between bodies and expression are always carried out in the same way in each chapter: from form of content to form of expression to matter of expression to matter of content. Form of content is the territorial setting in which bodies are assembled in a certain way; these assemblies are strengthened by form of expression. Yet, forms break and degrade, they never fully touch the unthinkable reality. They do not always give room to the voices, gestures and images (matter of expression) that defy the absoluteness of these forms. Yet, I end each chapter with the matter of content; which simply indicates life itself in all its varieties and in all its possible connections to a discourse. Each chapter ‘concludes’ with matter of content, due to the fact that, as I argue, life is the most neglected phenomenon in politics. The ending is however not for the sake of finality; but for the sake of a process. As a feedback loop this ‘recapitulation’ bends back toward the start; toward enforced forms of content and forms of expression, in order to create another form of politics. How do we express endlessness? How do we approach a limbo as a topos of in-between that escapes our discursive vocabulary of here versus there?

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Keywords Philosophy, Politics, Refuge, Migration, Globalization, Multiculturalism, Totalitarianism, Community, Expression, Agamben, Arendt, Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault.
Promotor J. de Mul (Jos) , H.A.F. Oosterling (Henk)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sponsor This research has been made possibly by the funding of the Mosaic programme from the Dutch Organization of Scientific Research (NWO).
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Rahimy, T. (2017, December 14). Politics of Flight : A Philosophical Refuge. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from