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 Marres, Material Participation: Technology the Environment and Everyday Publics; 4. Nigel Thrift, Non-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 Harman, Bruno 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.
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).
32. Thursday 23 February 2017 – Tudor Vilcan (University of Southampton) will be introducing Tim Morton, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (2013)
33. Thursday 30 March 2017 – Katharine Dyson (University of Westminster) will be introducing Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us (2016)
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)
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)
If you would like to be added to the reading group mailing list, please contact David Chandler at email@example.com.
Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster and the Centre for Media & Culture Research, London South Bank University.