American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting Seminar Panel: Tactical Materiality: Negotiating with Objects
New York University, 20-23 March 2014
Seminar Organizers: Briankle Chang (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Alexander Ponomareff (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Social theories often articulated objects as products of human activities, thereby conceiving the human as foundational to the objects derivative of human activities. Instead of accepting this distinction, this panel is an investigation of the connections that can be made, or re-made, based on the work being produced in the fields of new materialism and object-oriented ontology. Rejecting the determination of objects by human subjects opens up the possibility of rerouting the traditional networks through which capital moves, of disrupting the power dynamics related to capital, or of defining capitalís independent existence in the world, among other possible topics. This discussion opens up the space for attempts to resituate the human based on objects as they have been invigorated by object-orient ontology and to offer an attempt to understand the new tactical and strategic possibilities that are made available to humans when they are made to confront a world populated by independent objects. Papers that attempt to understand the economic, political, or social implications of new materialism or object-oriented ontology, and the role of objects may play in reshaping discussions around the possibility of producing change in the world are encouraged. Furthermore, this panel also welcomes papers that call into question any of the aspects or claims made in the fields of new materialism and object-oriented ontology, as well as discussions of the ways in which literary and artistic examples can be mobilized to engage with or complicate this discourse.
Please direct questions to Alex Ponomareff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstracts (max 250 words) should be submitted through the ACLA website at http://acla.org/submit/
(Please select "Tactical Materiality: Negotiating with Objects" from the drop-down list of seminars).
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