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    Object orientated maternalities, or mothers who hoard

    Baraitser, Lisa (2014) Object orientated maternalities, or mothers who hoard. In: Baraitser, Lisa and O'Rourke, M. (eds.) A Feeling for Things. New York, USA: Punctum Books.

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    Book synopsis: The work of the political theorist Jane Bennett over the last two decades has consistently drawn attention to and has possessed a feeling for things, for the inorganic, and for the agency or quasi-agency of nonhuman actants. Her project of developing a new political ecology and renewed vitalist thought, beginning with Thoreau’s Nature: Ethics, Politics and the Wild (1994) and further developed in The Enchantment of Modernity: Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics (2001), has found its fullest expression in her latest work, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010), a book which has thoroughly reshaped the ways in which we think about landscape, ecology, matter, vitality and the terrain of post-continental philosophy in a time of critical climate change. This collection, which originated in a 1-day workshop on Bennett’s vibrant materialist thought held at the Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck College, University of London in September 2013, makes the writing of Jane Bennett a vibrant matter for discussion across the fields of philosophy, psychosocial studies, political theory, cultural studies, literary theory, visual theory, and performance studies among others. More particularly, the focus among the various contributors is on how Bennett’s explorations of vitalism, non-anthropocentrism, nonhuman agential capacities, biopolitics, and new materialisms might contribute to the emerging and fraught conversations and debates between feminist studies, queer theory, Object Oriented Ontology, and Speculative Realism.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): feminist studies, Jane Bennett, literary studies, object-oriented ontology, political theory, psychoanalysis, queer studies, speculative realism, vibrant materialism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 12:46
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:14


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