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Materialisms Reading Group

London Materialisms Reading Group

The London materialisms reading group organises regular meetings to discuss new materialist understandings of markets, rationalities, agency, contingency, power and governance. This is not a lecture course so we will be mixing up the texts and approaching key or interesting readings in an informal and flexible way, with a brief introduction by one of the group:

Previous texts: 1. Arjan Appadurai (ed.), The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective; 2. John Dewey, The Public & its Problems; 3. Noortje MarresMaterial Participation: Technology the Environment and Everyday Publics; 4. Nigel ThriftNon-Representational Theory: Space, Politics, Affect; 5. Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern; 6. Michael Callon et al, Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical Democracy; 7. William Connolly, The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism; 8. Andrew Barry, Material Politics: Disputes along the Pipeline; 9. Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning; 10. Roy Bhaskar, The Possibility of Naturalism: A philosophical critique of the contemporary human sciences; 11. John Law, After Method: Mess in social science research; 12. Donna Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature; 13. Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman; 14. Joanna Zylinska, Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene; 15. Annemarie Mol, The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice; 16. McKenzie Wark, Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene; 17. Gilles Deleuze, Spinoza: Practical Philosophy; 18. Deborah Cowen, The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade; 19. John Protevi, Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic; 20. Graham HarmanBruno Latour: Reassembling the Political; 21. Alexander Wendt, Quantum Mind and Social Science: Unifying Physical and Social Ontology; 22. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, ‘Introduction: Rhizome’, from A Thousand Plateaus; 23. Kate Soper, What is Nature: Culture, Politics and the Non-Human; 24. Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency; 25. Bernard Steigler, ‘Relational Ecology and the Digital Pharmakon‘, Culture Machine; 26. Laurent Berlant, Cruel Optimism; 27. Elizabeth Grosz, Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art; 28. Levi Bryant, The Democracy of Objects; 29. Alfred Sohn-Rethel, Intellectual and Manual Labour: Critique of Epistemology; 30. Jason Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital; 31. Levi Bryant, Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Men; 32. Tim Morton, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World; 33. Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us

Reading group meetings have been running since May 2013, they are open to all and take place Thursdays 6.30-8.00pm, Westminster Forum, Department of Politics and International Relations, 5th Floor, 32-38 Wells Street, London, W1T 3UW (5 minutes from Oxford Circus tube).

Next meeting

34. Thursday 27 April 2017 – Sara Raimondi (University of Westminster) will be introducing Claire Colebrook, Death of the Posthuman: Essays on Extinction vol 1 (2014)

Future meetings

35. Thursday 25 May 2017 – David Chandler (University of Westminster) will be introducing Ian Bogost, Alien Phenomenology or What its Like to be a Thing (2012)

36. Thursday 22 June 2017 – Rowan Lear (University of West London) will be introducing Katherine Behar (ed.), Object-Oriented Feminism (2017)  

Further meetings (to be confirmed)

Elizabeth PovinelliGeontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (2016)

Donna HarawayStaying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (2016)

William ConnollyFacing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming (2017)

If you would like to be added to the reading group mailing list, please contact David Chandler at d.chandler@wmin.ac.uk.

Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster and the Centre for Media & Culture Research, London South Bank University.

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