Monday, 5 January 2015

Materialisms Old and New - London Reading Group

You are invited to join the Materialisms Old and New reading group. We will be organising regular meetings to discuss both old and 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.

Thursday 16 April: Annemarie Mol - The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice - introduced by Tudor Vilcan (University of Southhampton)


Thursday 5 March: Joanna Zylinska - Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene - introduced by Phil Hammond (London South Bank University)

Thursday 5 February: Rosi Braidotti - The Posthuman - introduced by Sara Raimondi (University of Westminster)

Thursday 15 January: Donna Haraway - Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature - introduced by Anna Feigenbaum (University of Bournemouth)

Thursday 27 November: John Law - After Method: Mess in social science research - introduced by David Chandler (University of Westminster)

Thursday 16 October: Roy Bhaskar -The Possibility of Naturalism: A philosophical critique of the contemporary human sciences - introduced by Michiel van Ingen (University of Westminster)

Thursday 11 September: Karen Barad - Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning - introduced by Allan Parsons (University of Westminster)

Thursday 24 April: Andrew Barry - Material Politics: Disputes along the Pipeline  - introduced by Robert Cowley (University of Westminster)

Wednesday 19 MarchWilliam Connolly, The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism - introduced by David Chandler (University of Westminster)


Thursday 30 January: Michel Callon et al., Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical Democracy - introduced by Michele Ledda (University of Westminster) 

Thursday 21 November: Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern - introduced by Philip Hammond (London South Bank University)

Friday 1 November: Nigel Thrift, Non-Representational Theory: Space, Politics, Affect - introduced by Tara McCormack (University of Leicester)

Thursday 26 September: Noortje Marres, Material Participation: Technology the Environment and Everyday Publics - introduced by Noortje Marres (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Tuesday 18 June: John Dewey, The Public & its Problems - introduced by David Chandler (University of Westminster)

Tuesday 7 May: Arjun Appadurai (ed.) The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective - introduced by James Heartfield (University of Westminster)


Meetings are open to all and take place 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).


If you would like to be added to the working group mailing list, please email David Chandler.

Please feel free to forward these details to those you think might be interested.

David Chandler
Phil Hammond
James Heartfield

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