Studies in Material Thinking - Special Issue

Transversal Practices focuses on how art, subjects, collectives, politics and thinking are in the making; how they take-form and transform in relation to other elements, both human and nonhuman.

This special issue is concerned with ecologies and geographies where intensities of movement are aligned with and embrace hands-on attitude of artistic, scientific, therapeutic, ethnographical, and philosophical praxis.
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Papers included in Volume 16:

Estelle Barrett, Barbara Bolt, and Katve-Kaisa Kontturi

Knowing as Distributed Practice: Twenty-first Century Encounters with the Universe
Maaike Bleeker

For a Pragmatics of the Useless, or The Value of the Infrathin
Erin Manning

More than material: art and the incorporeality of the event
Dr Terri Bird

A Literary Practice for Crises of Ecologies: Tim Winton, Timothy Morton and the writing of the Hyperobject Global Warming in(to) Eyrie
David S. Harris

SPEAK matter, SPEAK!
Julieanna Preston

Transversal travels: The relational movements and environmental intensities of packing a bag
Kaya Barry

Interrogating Time and Meaning: Aligning Art Criticism, Conservation, Cultural Context and Materiality
Robyn Sloggett

Memory, Image, Matter: Trauma and Acts of Un-forgetting
Estelle Barrett


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

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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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COST Action IS1307

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

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