From Cosmos to Genes

TS3: From Cosmos to Genes: New Materialist Methodologies Crossing the Humanities, Natural, and Technosciences.

Call for Participation: Training School ‘From Cosmos to Genes: New Materialist Methodologies Crossing the Humanities, Natural, and Technosciences.’ 

23-26 August 2016, Charles University Prague.

With speakers: Natasha Myers, Astrid Schrader and Eva Hayward

Deadline for applications: May 13th, 2016

With significant movements in human populations, the emerging impacts of climate change, ecological, political, and economic changes and instabilities through to technological and scientific advances, there is an urgent need to reconsider the shifting dynamics influencing critical inquiry. The question arises of how we might best approach the crises and challenges that shape the contemporary European landscape. How do they take the focus of, and impact upon, our research and development agendas?

Still an emerging field of analysis, new materialism has had a swift and significant influence within European intellectual production. Specifically, in its way of rethinking the priority of the human in inquiry and social and political change, new materialism offers tools for examining the agency of nonhuman matter in intra-action with human practices. It gives us room to consider the complex apparatuses and relations that motivate, constitute, and are enacted through our research practices. In doing so, it draws attention to the necessarily interdisciplinary nature of contemporary investigations, research and development as well as our role within these.

In this vein, the Working Group 2, ‘New Materialisms on the Crossroads of the Human and Natural Sciences’, of the COST IS1307 Action, ‘New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on “How Matter Comes to Matter”’, invites graduate students, postdoctoral, and early career researchers whose work corresponds with, or who have an interest in the potential for new materialisms to inform their inquiries, to the upcoming training school ‘From Cosmos to Genes: New Materialist Methodologies Crossing the Humanities, Natural, and Technosciences.’

The training school will take place over three and a half days, with sessions conducted by a cast of international researchers whose work focuses in new materialist theories and methodologies, or whose specialization within the humanities through to STEM fields brings interdisciplinary queries and provocations to the fore.

Invited Participants will be asked to submit a 3000-word position paper outlining their research and specific questions and challenges they face, to be circulated amongst participants in advance of the training school. To start the discussion, participants will have the possibility during training school sessions to present key issues and to raise any questions they have regarding the new materialist texts, foci, and approaches that currently or potentially inform their research. This format will facilitate an informed, equal, and lively discussion on new materialist methodologies led by the participants’ research interests, questions, and motivations.

As we intend to bring the work of the training school into publication, following the event all participants will be invited to submit their training materials or an updated version of their position paper and other formats representing the discussions had in the Training School sessions.

To apply for the training school, please submit:

  • A one page outline of the research project and its methodological angle
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter that explains your interest in the training school

Please label each document separately with your surname and the document type (“Outline”, “Curriculum Vitae”, “Motivation Letter”) and submit in PDF format.

Applications are to be submitted by or before May 1, 2016. Grants are available and you may apply for one of these.

All inquiries and/or applications should be sent via email to:

“From Cosmos to Genes” is organized by Working Group 2 of the COST IS1307 Action ‘New Materialism’, and coordinated by Peta Hinton (ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry) and Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer (Charles University in Prague). Please feel free to forward this call CfP training school : to possible training school candidates and to share it with colleagues in your network.

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