Training School 1 - Experience and Resonance

Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
23rd – 26th, October 2014
Organised by Working Group 3

Experience lies at the heart of our encounter with the material world. But how does matter “matter” in such encounters?How does matter participate in the expression, transmission and translation of representation, and hence co-produce a “resonating environment”? How can experience intensify and transform thinking, writing, and other modes of academic production?

To address these questions, the training school “Experience and Resonance” will explore the particular resonance that occurs when a researcher and her research matter meet. This resonance always has a history: the echoing forth of an intense experience in the past (an upheaval of thought, a probing question, an unexpected surge of joy) that continues to challenge and inspire us and thereby builds up intense resonances in ourselves. Such echoes as these create resonances in the outside world, involving matter and people both near and far. Working in an academic context implies fostering new relations within old traditions; we seek to find resonances between what matters to us and what matters to others in our field. To publish academic work means to seek resonance both in the academic community and in the public sphere. The aim of this training school is to encourage trainees to understand how experience-based work produces a multitude of echoes.


COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter'.

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

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