Working Group 2: New Materialisms on the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences

WG2 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 and contributes to developing new frameworks of knowing in which different kinds of actors and onto-epistemic practices can be made visible and negotiable. Areas of training and expertise in the group comprise traditional and new disciplines like gender studies, science and technology studies (STS), cultural studies, arts (film, media and performance studies) and education, along with other disciplines of the humanities and the natural sciences including archaeology, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and engineering.

Group members currently work towards joint position papers on methodological and substantive issues of new materialisms. Crosscutting themes include ‘Inventive collaborations’, ‘Rethinking the empirical’, G/local onto-epistemologies’, ‘Life after the life sciences’, ‘Ecologies of what?’, ‘Imagination and imaging’, ‘Old and new materialisms and genderings’, ‘Worlding and affect’ and ‘New materialisms/new colonialisms’. On this basis the group plans to produce co-authored position papers and to advance a series of situated theoretical-empirical case studies. The group is committed to publish in open access peer-reviewed journals.

WG2 Chairs

Dr Josef Barla
Dr Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer

WG2 Members
Prof Cecilia Åsberg
Prof Corinna Bath
Prof Maaike A. Bleeker
Veit Braun
Prof Claude Draude
Dr Jana Dvorackova
Dr Martina Erlemann
Dr Waltraud Ernst
Dr Christina N. Fredengre
Isabel Giesendorf
Dr Magda Gorska
Dr Wera Grahn
Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen
Prof Liv Hausken
Dr Ingvil D. Hellstran
Dr Peta Hinton
Katharina Hoppe
Dr Rikka Homanen
Dr Sari Irni
Gabriela Jarzębowska
Susanne Kink
Dr Ágnes Kovács
Dr Cynthia KRAUS
Prof Hillevi Lenz-Taguchi
Dr Endla Lõhkivi
Prof Natasha MAUTHNER
Dr Tara Mehrabi
Max Metzger
Dr Ana Mouraz
Dr Bettina Papenburg
Prof Fátima Pereira
Josefin Persdotter
Dr Marietta Radomska
Devyn Remme
Prof Sigrid Schmitz
Dr Jirina Smekalova
Dr Maris Sõrmus
Dr Erin K. Stapleton
Marianna Szczygielska
Dr Pat Treusch
Dr Marja Vehviläinen
Katrin Velbaum
Prof Nina Lager Vestberg
Dr Lui Xin
Eva Zekany
Lucie Zekova

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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COST Action IS1307

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

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