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March 9th, 13:15-15:00

Iris van der Tuin & Rick Dolphijn: New Materialism (the Utrecht School)

Location: Room Faros, Tema Building, Linköping University
Language: English

Dr. Iris van der Tuin is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Utrecht University. She has recently been awarded a VENI post-doc grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for the project 'The Material Turn in the Humanities'. Her research and teaching focuses on new materialism, third-wave feminist epistemology, and the philosophy of the humanities. She has published in, among others, the European Journal of Women's Studies, Australian Feminist Studies, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and (with Rick Dolphijn) Women: A Cultural Review. She has edited (with Rosemarie Buikema) Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture (Routledge, 2009). Van der Tuin is co-president of ATGENDER, the European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation.

Dr. Rick Dolphijn is assistant professor at Media and Culture Studies and Head of Communication and Information Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on new materialism/vitalism, food and the body, performance theory and contemporary (continental) cultural theory. He has published in Angelaki, Gastronomica, Krisis, Deleuze Studies and Collapse (forthcoming) and with Iris van der Tuin in Women: a Cultural Review. In 2004 he published Foodscapes: Towards a Deleuzian Ethics of Consumption (Eburon. University of Chicago Press).

In this talk we intend to do three things: first, we will discuss the different 'materialisms' that are currently being developed in Western academia in particular in order to position our own materialism. We will go into 'neo-' or 'new materialism', 'material feminism', 'vital materialism', 'incorporeal materialism', 'speculative materialism', et cetera. Second, we will discuss our forthcoming book entitled 'New Materialism' in order to discuss in depth the ethico-onto-epistemological consequences of the material turn. The materialism that we have developed is interdisciplinary and cartographical, and, in order to be generative, works through different so-called paradigms in both cultural theory and science studies. Thirdly, we will discuss the way in which we have developed this new materialism at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. This part of the discussion will particularly deal with the close, and diffractive readings of certain key texts that we have engaged with in the last 2,5 years under the title 'Contemporary Cultural Theory seminar'. This last aspect of the talk will thus demonstrate how new materialism weaves theory and practice through one another.


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