Methods and Genealogies of New Materialisms

Edited by Felicity Colman, Iris van der Tuin
Preface by Rosi Braidotti

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Brings together a range of research communities to contextualize and archive over a decade of work in new materialist theorising and knowledge-making practice

  • Consolidates new materialisms as a distinguished field of scholarship
  • Brings together the key proponents of the field in a multi-voiced conversation
  • Provides consonant, dissonant, and feminist genealogies of the state of the field
  • Focuses on the methodological nature of the materiality and meaning-making nexus

Combining a reflective genealogical approach along with productive avenues for future research, this volume is an essential collection for the field of new and feminist materialisms. The volume uses the new materialist movements in thought of changing, intersecting, practicing, and transforming. As methods, these movements have engendered the metaphysical questions that different new and feminist materialist practices engage. The volume follows these four movements as method-question-actions in four parts, each of which is preceded by an introductory framing-essay. Rosi Braidotti’s preface offers revelatory mappings to bring the book together and curated panels further offer co-authored texts which practice the collective nature of academic thinking advocated by the European feminist new materialisms network.

Preface ‘A Becoming-world of Collective Knowledge Practices’ by Rosi Braidotti
Notes on Contributors
List of Figures
Introduction ‘New Materialisms: Quantum Ideation across Dissonance’ by Vera Bühlmann, Felicity Colman and Iris van der Tuin

Part I: Changing Genealogies of New Materialisms
1. Introduction to Genealogies: Mapping the New Materialist Terra Incognita by Rick Dolphijn
2. Bibliography and a Feminist Apparatus of Literary Production by Katie King
3. An Atomist Genealogy of New Materialism by Katerina Kolozova and Stanimir Panayotov
4. A Feminist Critical Cartography of New Materialisms by Evelien Geerts
5. Curated Panel ‘Genealogies and Apparatuses of New Materialist Production’ by Aurora Hoel and Sam Skinner with contributions from Jelena Djuric, David Gauthier, Evelien Geerts, Sofie Sauzet, and Maria Tamboukou

Part II: Intersecting the Natural and Human Sciences through New Materialisms

1. Introduction: Provocations of New Materialisms on the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences by Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer, Josef Barla, and Peta Hinton
2. Reading Science – Caring with Microbes by Astrid Schrader
3. Thinking through the Disruptive Effects and Affects of the Coronavirus with Feminist New Materialism by Simone Fullagar and Adele Pavlidis
4. Un/Re-making Method: Knowing/Enacting Posthumanist Performative Social Research Methods through ‘Diffractive Genealogies’ and ‘Metaphysical Practices’ by Natasha S. Mauthner
5. Curated Panel ‘New Materialisms Across the Natural Sciences and Humanities: Trajectories, Inspirations, and Stirrings’ by Peta Hinton, Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer, Josef Barla, Veit Braun, Claude Draude, Waltraud Ernst, Xin Liu, Natasha Mauthner, Sigrid Schmitz, Jiřina Šmejkalová, and Marianna Szczygielska

Part III: Practicing the Creative Arts for New Materialisms
1. New Materialisms and (the Study of) Arts: A Mapping of Co-Emergence by Katve-Kaisa Kontturi and Milla Tiainen
2. Working Hot: Materialising Practices by Barbara Bolt
3. Mapping Sounding Art: Affect, Place, Memory by Norie Neumark
4. Curated Panel ‘Art as Laboratory for Modes of Being-With’ by Marie-Luise Angerer, Irina Kaldrack, and Martina Leeker with contributions from Taru Leppänen and Heidi Fast; Žilvinė Gaižutytė-Filipavičienė and Basia Nikiforova; Nevena Dakovic and Neda Radulovic; Felicity Colman and Helen Palmer

Part IV: Transforming Economic and Identity-Political Crises and Organizational Experiments for New Materialisms

1. Introduction: Reality Check – (Re)calibrating New Materialisms by Olga Cielemęcka, Monika Rogowska-Stangret, and Whitney Stark
2. The Runaway Weirdness of Money: New Old Materialism for the Anthropocene by Arun Saldanha
3. Doing Homework: Encountering Indigenous and New Materialist Onto-Epistemologies in Educational Research by Nikki Rotas, Fikile Nxumalo, Marc Higgins, Brooke Madden, and Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw

Co-authored Chapter ‘The Politics of New Materialism and Organizational Experiments in Academia’ by Doris Allhutter, Brigitte Bargetz, Katja Brøgger, Olga Cielemęcka, Ana M. González Ramos, Hanna Meissner, Beatriz Revelles Benavente, Monika Rogowska-Stangret, Dorthe Staunæs, Whitney Stark, and Kathrin Thiele

New Materialism is one of the most coherent and influential movements in contemporary continental thought. In this collection, anchored by a fiery preface from leading New Materialist Rosi Braidotti, Colman and van der Tuin assemble a wide range of articles that push this paradigm further. The reader will find many provocative ideas in this volume.

Graham Harman, Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, USA
Felicity Colman is Professor of Media Arts at University of the Arts, London. She is the author of Film Theory: Creating a Cinematic Grammar (Wallflower Press, 2014), Deleuze and Cinema: The Film Concepts (2011, Berg), Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers (Acumen, 2009) and Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (CSP, 2007).

Iris van der Tuin is Professor of Theory of Cultural Inquiry at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She is the co-author of New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (OHP, 2012). She is author of Generational Feminism: A New Materialist Introduction to a Generative Approach (Lexington Books, 2015). She chaired the COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter comes to Matter.

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