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MATTERING: Feminism, Science and Materialism Conference

MATTERING: Feminism, Science and Materialism

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

February 14-15, 2013

Update 2 (15 Jan 2012): The full conference schedule has been posted.

Update (7 Jan 2012): Registration is now full; thank you to all who registered. A list of panels, panelists and moderators has been posted.

This conference, organized jointly by the Center for the Study of Women and Society, the Committee on Interdisciplinary Science Studies and the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, will engage with feminist perspectives on the onto-epistemological questions raised by the materialist turn.

In the past decade, feminist theory has elaborated new materialist perspectives to re-imagine nature, biology, and matter more generally and to critically address new developments in biology, physics, neuroscience and other scientific disciplines. This scholarship revisits the relationship between human corporeality and subjectivity, questions and redefines the boundaries of human and non-human and nature and culture, and elaborates on their mutual entanglements. New feminist theories address materialization as a complex and open process and matter as lively and productive. The conference will address: the intellectual and scientific context of the new turn toward materialism; the relation of matter (including the biological body) to the social; the insights, knowledge and methodologies offered by the new materialist studies of science; the political implications of neo-materialism for feminism as a project, theory and a movement for social justice; theoretical innovations for addressing material-discursive relations and the epistemological questions they raise; and empirical research using materialist feminist frameworks.

Keynote Address: Karen Barad


Registration is required. Because space is limited, we ask that you do not register unless you plan to attend the whole conference. Those who register and fail to attend will be taking seats that could go to others.

Note: Registration is now full.

Call for Papers

Presentation abstracts are now being accepted (view the Call for Papers). Presentation slots are limited.

Attending the Conference

First time visiting New York City? View our Travel, Hotel, and Dining Recommendations

Participants and Panels

A tentative list of panels, panelists, and moderators is now available for viewing.

Conference Schedule

The final conference schedule, including panel dates, times, and room numbers is now available for viewing.

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