New Materialism 2015

I am very honoured to be working as the conference coordinator for this years “Transversal Practices: Matter, Ecology and Relationality” VI Conference on New Materialisms happening on the 27–29 September 2015 at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne, Australia.

This is a really exciting opportunity for me as the philosophy of New Materialism is one of the key influences on my PhD research.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

A/Professor Erin Manning, SenseLab, Concordia University, Canada
Professor Brian Martin, Deakin University, Australia
Professor Hayden Lorimer, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Professor Karen Barad, University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S, via video link

About the Conference:
Transversal Practices focuses on how things, subjects, collectives, politics and disciplines are in the making; how they take-form andtransform in relation to other elements, both human and nonhuman. Transversal Practices are concerned with ecologies where intensities of movement are aligned with and embrace hands-on attitude and artistic, scientific, ethnographical, philosophical and activist praxis.

We offer three keywords to inspire thinking and to carve out the specificities of practice. Matter refers to ubiquitous, vibrant and continuous becoming that is one of the central concerns of New Materialism: practices are always material, and surprising in nature. Ecology indicates an open and continuously transforming system, which depends upon how its components relate to each other. Relationality, for its part, is the moving principle of being in the world, or with the world. We become in relation to others. We co-emerge, as do artworks, ideas and collectives.

Contributors were asked to address, for example, the following questions:
– How do transversal practices work and how can we account or conceptualise them?
– What kind of methodologies do they necessitate, or call for?

The conference call for papers encouraged critical approaches that transversally cross the following: collectivity, corporeality/incorporeality, materiality/immateriality, indigeneity, individual/group subjectivity, knowledge-production/onto-epistemologies, language, temporality, transdisciplinarity, processes of making art/philosophy/ activism, and the three Ss—spatiality, sociality and the sensorium.

The NewMats2015 Conference is sponsored by the Faculty of the VCA and MCM at the University of Melbourne in co-operation with ISCH COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’

NewMats2015 Convening Committee:
A/Professor Barbara Bolt, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Professor Estelle Barrett, Institute of Koori Education, Deakin University
Dr James Oliver, Centre for Cultural Partnerships, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Dr Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Dr Ilona Hongisto, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Dr Laura Woodward, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Tal Fitzpatrick (Conference Coordinator), PhD Candidate, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

NewMats2015 Reference Group:
Professor Julieanna Preston, College of Creative Arts, Toi Rauwharangi Massey University, NZ
A/Professor Iris van der Tuin, Department of Media and Culture Studies and the Research Institute for History and Culture, Utrecht University, Universitair Hoofddocent
Dr Jondi Keane, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University
Andrew Lavery, Contemporary Art, The University of Sydney
Terri Bird, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University
Milla Tiainen, University of Helsinki, Finland

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