New Materialist Concepts | American Comparative Literature Association

Friday, September 01, 2017

Abstracts must be received by Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 9 a.m. EST.


Organizer: Gregg Lambert 

Co-Organizer: Iris Van der Tuin

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This seminar is the second meeting of a co-production of two ongoing international research networks: the Society for the Study of Bio-Political Futures ( and COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter' ( The seminar—open also to aspiring research collaborators or simply to interested scholars—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. Both the study of biopolitical futures and the new materialism(s) deploy a diffractive methodology in revising traditional philosophical and scientific concepts. Consequently, 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.


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