Call for Proposals - Special issue of Philosophy Today on “New Materialist Concepts”

Editors: Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University) and Gregg Lambert (Syracuse University)

This special issue of Philosophy Today concerns the definition of “new materialist concepts,” as well as the new approaches, critical issues, and methodologies that exist today at the intersection between philosophy and the sciences. We are especially interested in revisions and/or diffractive readings of earlier materialisms and their sources. Examples of concepts include, but are not limited to matter, praxis, contradiction, dialectical determination, quantum indeterminacy, experience, cognition and temporality, monism, contingency and freedom, etc.

It is a co-production of two ongoing international research networks: Study of Bio-Political Futures and COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter' . A combined seminar composed from the membership of these two networks took place at the 2017 meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association hosted by Utrecht University in July, 2017 called ‘Networking Around Materialist Concepts’, further info here.

For the special issue itself, members are invited to submit brief proposals concerning the concept that will be addressed. Proposals must be sent to before September 1st, 2017. Please include a short bio statement and keep in mind that the special issue on “New Materialist Concepts” will consist of 4000-word pieces.

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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