Studies in Material Thinking - Special Issue

Volume 16 | How Matter Comes to Matter through Transversal Practice: Matter, Ecology and Relationality.

Editors: Estelle Barrett (AU, WG3), Barb Bolt (AU, WG3), Kaisa Kontturi (FI, WG3)

From callout (now closed):

Studies in Material Thinking (SMT) Auckland University of Technology is calling for submissions to a special volume of research articles to be published late 2016, in collaboration with the organisers of Transversal Practices: Matter, Ecology and Relationality, the sixth Conference on New Materialisms and the ISCH COST Action New Materialism: Networking Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter.’

Researchers in all fields are increasingly seeking engagements across disciplines using multiple conceptual and methodological frameworks. This transversal activity affects the way in which creative research practices evolve. We are increasingly networked with other practices, exposed to broader realms of knowledge and faced with expectations arising from pervasive ecological concerns and technological complexity.

This post-conference volume is aligned with the original conference stimulus. We are interested in research and research practice that addresses the two conference questions:

• How do transversal practices work and how can we account for or conceptualise them?
• What kinds of methodology do they necessitate, or call for?

We encourage critical approaches that transversally cross the following: collectivity, corporeality/incorporeality, materiality/immateriality, Indigeneity, individual/group subjectivity, knowledge-production/onto-epistemologies, language, temporality, transdisciplinarity, processes of making art/philosophy/ activism, and the three Ss—spatiality, sociality and the sensorium.

SMT 17 is open to innovative format options. We would like to encourage contributions that explore experimental, innovative ways of communicating the value and significance of speculative, pedagogical or applied design thinking. In particular we welcome film/video documentation of processes and image cycles used in a positive, active, discursive manner. We would like to produce a post-conference on-line volume that values and supports researchers, artists, designers and design educators to explore a strongly visual form of argumentation.

Further details here


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

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Working Groups

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


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COST Action IS1307

New Materialism —
Networking European Scholarship on 'How matter comes to matter’

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