Tactical Materiality: Negotiating with Objects
- 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 capital’s 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.
SEMINAR KEYWORDS: New Materialism, Object Oriented Ontology, Objects, Correlationism, Material Culture, Materialism