4th Annual Conference - Movement, Aesthetics, Ontology

16th and 17th of May, 2013
(Pre-COST IS1307)
@ the School of History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Turku, Finland


Dr. Katve-Kaisa Kontturi

Dr. Milla Tiainen

Dr. Ilona Hongisto


New materialist approaches are increasingly announced, articulated, exercised and contested across a gamut of often entwining research fields from art theory, media studies and feminist philosophy to sociology, gender and sexuality research, and science and environmental studies. In addition to the cross-evolving discussions in these areas, there is growing need to consider the connections but also the specificity of new materialisms in relation to many contemporaneous intellectual developments, such as new forms of realism or post-human(ist) thought.

To encourage inquiries of this kind, we invited scholars and postgraduate students to submit for this conference proposals in reference to three concepts: movement, aesthetics, and ontology. Variations of them seem to inform much of the research done in the name of new materialisms or linkable with these approaches. Far from suggesting them as prescriptive closures to what new materialisms involve, we wanted to offer the concepts as condensation points of concerns that incarnate very differently depending on the context in which they are engaged. Movement pertains, for example, to the primacy given in many new materialist pursuits to process, emergence and the vibrancy of matter, whereas aesthetics may refer to the importance of sensation, affect, inter-/amodality or new sense- and feeling-based conceptions of politics. Ontology implicates a range of neomaterialist themes and affiliations from nature–culture continua to non-representational thought. These notions bring substance and consistency to new materialist modes of thinking and intervention – in ways both currently manifest and yet to be discovered.

Keynote Speakers:

Barbara Bolt

Estelle Barrett

Patricia Pisters

Jukka Sihvonen

Iris van der Tuin

Cecilia Åsberg

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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

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New Materialisms Tackling Economical and Identity – Political Crises and Organizational Experiments... Read more


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