CFP: PROSTHESIS @ UWO — Theoretical Matter(s): New Materialisms & The Problems of Theory

Posted: 5 de December de 2011 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event

Call For Papers:
PROSTHESIS: A Journal of Theory & Criticism — from the Centre for the
Study of Theory & Criticism at the University of Western Ontario

Theoretical Matter(s): New Materialisms and the Problems of Theory

Since the emergence of Marxism, the word ‘materialism’ has erupted
with growing philosophical importance as well as a rapid diffusion of
meanings and objections. Recently, new materialisms have begun to take
take shape — materialisms which are cognizant of this varied and
troubled past, and are emerging from numerous and diverse sources,
given what is seen as the exhaustion of various forms of postmodern
theory, the rise of the animal turn, the posthuman turn, and the
speculative turn, as well as developments of queer theory, new media
studies, actor network theory, and more.

This wave of new concerns for materialism implicitly — or perhaps
even explicitly — troubles the efficacy of thought and theoretical or
academic discourses.  That is, thought may be incapable of adequately
grasping the world if it is material and thus radically independent of
human practices.  Consequently, we must ask: how do new materialisms
fundamentally shift the ‘matter’ of theory, or how does matter itself
demand a shift in theory?  In light of new materialisms, what matters
for theory?

In order to engage and stimulate these developing concerns and
questions of materialism, for this first issue of Prosthesis we invite
essays, interviews, reviews, and rare translations engaging with
questions like the following:

–  What new problems or matters of concern arise when we renew
interest in materials and materialism? What light can be shed on old
theoretical problems?

–  Where do the most serious challenges to materialism lie? How can
they be overcome?

–  How are these new materialisms haunted by old materialisms and
their contexts?  What might the history of older materialisms still
have to offer us? How might new materialisms deal with idealisms or
other anti-materialisms, old or new?

–  Are thinkers like Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, and Derrida justly
characterized as ‘correlationist’ or ‘anti-realist’ and thereby
opposed to new materialisms?  Or are there threads in their work that
demand neo-materialist interpretations?

–  How should we understand new materialisms in relation to the real?
Or in relation to immanence and transcendence?

–  What do these new materialisms entail for politics? For ethics? For
science, knowledge, or truth? For thinking? For temporality?

– Do new materialisms give us necessary resources to deal with
ecological crises or recent developments in sciences and math?

– Is matter weirder than hitherto supposed?  What is the status of the
spectral or hauntological in relation to new materialisms?

– What role does speculation play in new materialisms? What kind of
possibilities does speculation open up, and what kind of limits does
it acknowledge?

– What drives the urgency of these new developments of materialisms?
What concrete projects can new materialisms give rise to that will
push us beyond the bounds of abstract argumentation?

Proposals for essays, interviews, book reviews, or rare translations
should be given in abstract form in 250-450 words, prepared for blind
review, and submitted no later than February 1st 2012.  Notifications
of acceptance will be sent out by March 1st 2012.  Drafts will be due
May 1st 2012 for review and revisions.

In the case of translation proposals, please include 500 words of the
text in its original language and 500 words of your translation, in
addition to a 300 word proposal abstract explaining why the
translation is worth undertaking and briefly explaining your ability
to undertake it.

Please send submissions to:
Deadline: February 1st 2012


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