About the Almanac

The Almanac comprises contributions from members of the different Action working groups, and participants in related activities, including workshops and conferences, during 2016 and 2017. Entries are arranged alphabetically and marked with the date of their submission.

Call for Entries - New Materialism Almanac 2018

The end is near!... after call-outs and contributions in 2016 and 2017, we are conducting a final call for entries to the New Materialism Almanac.

Comprising 42 entries to date, from key terms to more poetic neologisms, the almanac has become a unique document of the COST action and New Materialism more generally. In this final phase we are keen that the Almanac develops its scholarly scope and quality. To achieve this we need excellent contributions and politely insist that if you have been part of the action, and benefitted from its support and networks, please think of contributing an entry on a term that you are working with and feel should be present.

We welcome you to submit multiple entries, co-author entries, or write entries on current terms that may sit side-by-side with others. Entries should be between 100-700 words in length, use Harvard citation system, and include synonyms, antonyms, etc - as detailed on the template. See current entries for reference.

The deadline for submitting entries is: 15th March, 2018.

Entries will be peer reviewed by members of Working Group 1 and we aim to have all edited contributions published online by the Utrecht conference in June 2018. We are currently exploring options for how the Almanac may be published more formally and looking at ways to sustain its online existence post the COST action. To this end existing entries will be undergoing a further round of peer review.

Email Sam Skinner (co-chair of WG1) with entries or enquiries: mail@samskinner.net

In good faith,

Sam Skinner, David Gauthier and Iris van der Tuin

Download template doc here

A spreadsheet of planned entries that can be added to here
and also list of possible/inspirational terms below:

Abstraction, Accountability, Affect, Affirmative Difference, Agency, Agential Cut, Algorithms, Almanac, Angle, Angularity (Clinamen), Anthropocene, Apparatus, Apparatus of Bodily Production, Assemblages, Axiometry, Becoming, Body, Bijective, Capitalist Materialisms, Cipher, Code, Codomain (domain, function, mapping), Complementarity, Concept, Consent, Creative AND (vs. alienating OR), Creative Materiality, Cultural Entanglement, Culture, Cyborg, Diffeomorphism, Diagram, Difference, Diffraction & Reading Diffractively, Diffractive genealogies, Diffractive Pedagogies, Diffractive Creativities , Disease, Document/Documentation, Ecology, Emergence, Entanglement, Environmental Forms, Epistemic Unit, Equipollence, Ethico-onto-epistem-ology, Ethos / Ethics, Factor, Fearful Materialism, Fearful Symmetry, (Feminist) NM Pedagogies, Frailty, Free Variation, Function, Gender, Genealogy, Generalization, Homeomorphism, Image, Imagination, Individuation, Informatics, Information, Injective, Instruments, Integrity, Intensity, Intersectionality, Intra-action, Inverse, Isometry, Isomorphism, Iterativity, Jouissance, Key, Laboratory, Language, Liquid Agency, Literacy & Agential Literacy, Materiality, Material Community, Method/Methodology, Micro-politics, Micro-practice, Model/Modal, Nature, Non-Euclidean Geometries, Number, Numeral, Objectivity, Pain, Performativity, Plants, Poetic Materialisms, Poetics of Mathematics, Posthumanism, Power, Practice, Process, Projection, Quanta, Quantum, Quantum Entanglement, Realism, Re-, Recursion, Relationality, Representation, Signature, Singularity, Soil Fiction, Soilfarers, Society, Space-time-matter, Stickiness, Symbols, Surjective, Technology, Technicity, Techné, Tools, Transaction, Transduction, Transversality, Vegetal Ecologies, Virtual-actual Coupling, Viscosity, Vitalism, Yes and, etc...

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Extract of first call-out 2016:

We want you to contribute to an almanac that takes the temperature of new materialism today and enlivens its future development! The almanac will begin life online – composed of key terms and more experimental neologisms.

Traditionally, almanacs are annual publications that include data such as weather forecasts and times of the rising and setting sun and moon, often mixing prediction with more concrete or topical information. They are meant to be used intensely in everyday life – in our case in the everyday life of the new materialist scholar. When accidentally picked up, they instil curiosity. The format of the almanac invites flipping through, uncovering intra-linkages between data points, and discovering disconnections and blind spots. Almanacs are also temporal, contingent, and relational. Accordingly our endeavour seeks to forge temporary condensations and dynamic constellations of new materialist research, and an emergent epistemological process.

We encourage diffractive readings and poetic writings, and an experimental and co- authored approach. The purpose is to be rigorous, but also play with (in)consistencies. The almanac will reflect on literacies within the COST Action whilst also seeking to engage a broad readership, from novices to seasoned materialists, activists to transdisciplinary researchers. We hope it will function both as a conceptual toolkit for well and lesser known bibliographic trajectories and (co)authors’ own novel concepts and vocabularies.

Authors may write multiple entries and authors may also want to contact persons who have registered to write an entry to discuss co-authoring. We suggest entries be between 100 and 750 words to promote a brevity and potency to both writing and reading of the almanac, and also affirm a certain restlessness and plurality of voices to the encounter.

Following the publishing of almanacs in 2016 and 2017 we will collate the project into a print and open-access online glossary. This iterative process is intended to promote an open dialogical process and for the project to function nebulously as para or meta texts to the COST Action, publishing outcomes, working group meetings, training schools, and conference discussions as they unfold.

COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter'.

Here you will find background material, current activities, calls for papers, working group information, and project outputs.

With the changing of societies on local, national and international scales owing to economic, ecological, political and technological developments and crises, a reorganized academic landscape can be observed to be emerging. Scholarship strives to become increasingly interdisciplinary in order to grasp and examine the unfolding complexity of ongoing ecological, socio-cultural and politico-economic changes. Additionally, academics forge... Read more or find out Who's Who

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Working Groups

Working Groups focus on four key areas of research

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Genealogies of New Materialisms; examines and intervenes in canonization processes by compiling a web-based bibliography, coordinating the OST 068/13 8 EN... Read more

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New Materialisms on the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences; seeks to develop new materialisms at the boundaries of the human and natural sciences. The group focuses on how European new materialisms can rework the ‘Two Cultures' gap... Read more

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New Materialisms Embracing the Creative Arts; brings together European researchers, artists, museum professionals, and other activists with a keen interest in the material... Read more

Working Group Four

New Materialisms Tackling Economical and Identity – Political Crises and Organizational Experiments... Read more

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COST Action IS1307

New Materialism —
Networking European Scholarship on 'How matter comes to matter’

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