2nd Annual Conference - New Materialism: Naturecultures

(Pre-COST IS1307)
w/ Leine Roebana and opening of art exhibition ‘Companion Sculptures’

@ Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
7th of April, 2011


Dr Iris van der Tuin

Dr Rick Dolphijn


This conference used Donna Haraway’s concept ‘naturecultures’ as a point of departure. Conceptual innovation in contemporary cultural theory will be studied from seemingly different ‘disciplinary’ and ‘paradigmatic’ angles in order to demonstrate how similar movements in thought are at work in the emerging paradigms of new materialism, post-humanism, agential realism, and in fields ranging from philosophy to the humanities and to the natural sciences.

During the conference LeineRoebana, the modern dance company of Andrea Leine and Harijono Roebana, “dance(d) theory” and commented on several important concepts raised in their recent work (the mind-body problem, Otherness, the earth) posed to them by Dr. Rick Dolphijn. The dances were performed by Tim Persent and Heather Ware, who was awarded the Gouden Zwaan for the most impressive dance performance of 2010.

The public exhibition ‘Companion Sculptures’ brought together the scholarly work of Donna Haraway and the artistic production of Piet van de Kar. The project entailed the exhibition of several sculptures of Van deKar in the buildings around Drift in Utrecht. The project was both ‘A Tribute to Donna Haraway’ and ‘A Retrospective of the Work of Piet van de Kar’.

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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

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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 Embracing the Creative Arts; brings together European researchers, artists, museum professionals, and other activists with a keen interest in the material... Read more

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


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