Aleksandra Stevanovic

Culture > etymology: Latin cultus, meaning a cult, a system of beliefs and act of worship. Culture is an inextricable part of all beings. It stems from the energy of a nation and is comparable to identity. The preservation of culture is important because it provides energy for the world through identity itself. If there is no culture, there is no energy to preserve identity, and thus there is no life. Culture involves neither progress, nor advancement; since it is connected to the cult, it implies cyclicity in all spheres of life. Advancement implies inconsistence as it demands change, while culture remains unaltered. In the sense of Neomaterialism or New Materialism, culture is all-encompassing; therefore, culture cannot exist in a Cartesian world – culture knows neither subject nor object as disunited entities. Cartesian thought needs to dissect culture and examine all its parts separately, and then connect them into one in order to make a conclusion about it. However, such acquired union is empty and lifeless, hence, it is not culture anymore, but an artificial concept, unable to yield neither energy nor life. Cartesian method is rendered futile because culture cannot be considered through a scientific method or instrument. It needs another dimension – sense – which is incompatible with a subject-object division.

keywords: cycle, cult, nature
genealogy: cultus, cult
synonym: energy, identity, cult
antonym: civilization, modernity, progress
hypernym: cult
hyponym: nation, cycle, beginning, end

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

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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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COST Action IS1307

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

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