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New Materialisms and Politics

21-22 September 2017

A two-day workshop funded by CISRUL

7th floor meeting room, Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

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New materialist philosophies emerged towards the end of the 20th century as an interdisciplinary intellectual movement advancing new conceptualisations of materiality, ontology and agency. Their distinctive understanding of matter as dynamic and self-generative force has been taken up across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities for its potential to move beyond well-worn dualisms and open up new meaning- and world-making possibilities. Against this background, this workshop brings together scholars from the Netherlands and the UK to explore how power and the political might be reconfigured in new materialist terms.


Rick Dolphijn, Utrecht University: “What Keeps on Mattering”

Astrid Schrader, University of Exeter: “Thinking with Microbes across Times: Towards a Marine Microbiopolitics”

Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University: “Practices and Politics of New Materialist Citation”

Responses, contributions, and text discussions led by University of Aberdeen researchers


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The event will run approximately midday on 21 Sept. to midday on 22 Sept.

Registration: free and open to all. Please contact one of the event organizers if you wish to attend, for the purposes of ordering refreshments.

Organized by Prof. Natasha Mauthner (Management Studies: and Dr. Beth Lord (Philosophy:

Funding generously provided by the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen.