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New Materialism on the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences

Working group 2 develops inter- and transdisciplinary work at the intersection of the technosciences and the humanities and arts. Areas of expertise comprise feminist theory, science and technology studies (STS), cultural studies along with other disciplines of the humanities and the natural sciences including physics, biology, chemistry, and computer science. Group members undertake empirical-theoretical investigations into complex ‘objects’ and relations that partly constitute us and the world we live in: airport security, Alzheimer’s Disease, big data, brains, cells, food, nanomaterials, organic cows, photovoltaics, race, robots, and more– together with the knowledge practices and technologies that bring them forth.

The aim is twofold: we seek to elucidate an understanding of the processes, apparatuses and agencies by which these dynamic object/relations materialise and become meaningful, and we contribute to scrutinising and sharpening new materialist onto-epistemologies, methodologies, politics and ethics. This includes an investigation into the genealogies of new materialist concepts and frameworks, and their resonances with feminist epistemologies, historical materialism, artistic practice, and postcolonial theory, amongst others. It also includes an examination of the interrelations of geos and bios in sociobiotechnical networks, and the analysis of pervasive knowledge production practices such as genetic testing, data coding and imaging technologies that shape and change knowledge objects as well as worlds.

In all these cases the task is not to supplement what is putatively missing from extant bodies of knowledge. Rather we interrogate the very processes through which specific phenomena and bodies marked by race, sex/gender and species come to matter (or not), and engender and practice a situated ethics of responsibility for what matters and is iteratively excluded from mattering within specific (new materialist) enquiries.

Position papers

New materialisms / New

Historical + New Materialsims, & Genderings

Rethinking the Empirical

Anthropocene Ecologies

Processes of Imaging

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

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Working Groups

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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