The Almanac comprises contributions from members of working groups, and participants in related activities, delineating key terms, more esoteric neologisms, and short provocations. Entries are arranged alphabetically and marked with the date of their submission. The project is co-edited by Working Group 1 members David Gauthier (University of Amsterdam) and Sam Skinner (Manchester Metropolitan University).
We are currently on hiatus, following the end of the COST Action, reviewing the scope of the almanac and exploring options for its future development.
We are also writing an introduction to more fully situate the project's character and evolution, which will be published later this year. In the meantime, please see a list of some actual or possible terms, and the first call-out below, for a sense of the project's spirit.
If you'd like to get in touch please contact co-editor: Sam Skinner (mail @ samskinner [dot] net)
A list of terms collated throughout the project is listed below and a spreadsheet of planned entries that may be added to can be accessed here
Abstraction, Accountability, Affect, Affirmative Difference, Agency, Agential Cut, Algorithms, Almanac, Angle, Angularity (Clinamen), Anthropocene, Apparatus, Apparatus of Bodily Production, Assemblages, Axiometry, Becoming, Body, Bijective, Capitalist Materialisms, Cipher, Code, Codomain (domain, function, mapping), Complementarity, Concept, Consent, Creative AND (vs. alienating OR), Creative Materiality, Cultural Entanglement, Culture, Cyborg, Diffeomorphism, Diagram, Difference, Diffraction & Reading Diffractively, Diffractive genealogies, Diffractive Pedagogies, Diffractive Creativities , Disease, Document/Documentation, Ecology, Emergence, Entanglement, Environmental Forms, Epistemic Unit, Equipollence, Ethico-onto-epistem-ology, Ethos / Ethics, Factor, Fearful Materialism, Fearful Symmetry, (Feminist) NM Pedagogies, Frailty, Free Variation, Function, Gender, Genealogy, Generalization, Homeomorphism, Image, Imagination, Individuation, Informatics, Information, Injective, Instruments, Integrity, Intensity, Intersectionality, Intra-action, Inverse, Isometry, Isomorphism, Iterativity, Jouissance, Key, Laboratory, Language, Liquid Agency, Literacy & Agential Literacy, Materiality, Material Community, Method/Methodology, Micro-politics, Micro-practice, Model/Modal, Nature, Non-Euclidean Geometries, Number, Numeral, Objectivity, Pain, Performativity, Plants, Poetic Materialisms, Poetics of Mathematics, Posthumanism, Power, Practice, Process, Projection, Quanta, Quantum, Quantum Entanglement, Realism, Re-, Recursion, Relationality, Representation, Signature, Singularity, Soil Fiction, Soilfarers, Society, Space-time-matter, Stickiness, Symbols, Surjective, Technology, Technicity, Techné, Tools, Transaction, Transduction, Transversality, Vegetal Ecologies, Virtual-actual Coupling, Viscosity, Vitalism, Yes and, etc...
Extract of first call-out 2016:
We want you to contribute to an almanac that takes the temperature of new materialism today and enlivens its future development! The almanac will begin life online – composed of key terms and more experimental neologisms.
Traditionally, almanacs are annual publications that include data such as weather forecasts and times of the rising and setting sun and moon, often mixing prediction with more concrete or topical information. They are meant to be used intensely in everyday life – in our case in the everyday life of the new materialist scholar. When accidentally picked up, they instil curiosity. The format of the almanac invites flipping through, uncovering intra-linkages between data points, and discovering disconnections and blind spots. Almanacs are also temporal, contingent, and relational. Accordingly our endeavour seeks to forge temporary condensations and dynamic constellations of new materialist research, and an emergent epistemological process.
We encourage diffractive readings and poetic writings, and an experimental and co- authored approach. The purpose is to be rigorous, but also play with (in)consistencies. The almanac will reflect on literacies within the COST Action whilst also seeking to engage a broad readership, from novices to seasoned materialists, activists to transdisciplinary researchers. We hope it will function both as a conceptual toolkit for well and lesser known bibliographic trajectories and (co)authors’ own novel concepts and vocabularies.
Authors may write multiple entries and authors may also want to contact persons who have registered to write an entry to discuss co-authoring. We suggest entries be between 100 and 750 words to promote a brevity and potency to both writing and reading of the almanac, and also affirm a certain restlessness and plurality of voices to the encounter.
We will publish the almanac from 2016 to 2018, and beyond this explore development of the project into a print and open-access online publication. This iterative process is intended to promote an open dialogical process and for the project to function nebulously as para or meta texts to the COST Action, publishing outcomes, working group meetings, training schools, and conference discussions as they unfold.
COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter'.
Here you will find background material, current activities, calls for papers, working group information, and project outputs.
With the changing of societies on local, national and international scales owing to economic, ecological, political and technological developments and crises, a reorganized academic landscape can be observed to be emerging. Scholarship strives to become increasingly interdisciplinary in order to grasp and examine the unfolding complexity of ongoing ecological, socio-cultural and politico-economic changes. Additionally, academics forge... Read more or find out Who's Who
Information relating to activities undertaken, including conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions, and annual meetings, are archived here.
Working Groups focus on four key areas of research
Working Group One
Genealogies of New Materialisms; examines and intervenes in canonization processes by compiling a web-based bibliography, coordinating the OST 068/13 8 EN... Read more
Working Group Two
New Materialisms on the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences; seeks to develop new materialisms at the boundaries of the human and natural sciences. The group focuses on how European new materialisms can rework the ‘Two Cultures' gap... Read more
Working Group Three
New Materialisms Embracing the Creative Arts; brings together European researchers, artists, museum professionals, and other activists with a keen interest in the material... Read more
Working Group Four
New Materialisms Tackling Economical and Identity – Political Crises and Organizational Experiments... Read more
The Almanac comprises contributions from members of working groups, and participants in related activities, delineating key terms, more esoteric neologisms, and short provocations. Read more
New Materialism —
Networking European Scholarship on 'How matter comes to matter’
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