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Reader Design and organization of the reading groups as part of the MA Transdisciplinary Studies curriculum

LAB 7: Student Reading Group, “On New Materialism” Fall 2021

LAB 7: Student Reading Group, “What do we do with love?” Spring 2022


LAB 7: Student Reading Group

“On New Materialism” Fall 2021


With this reading group, we will dedicate our time to the close readings of texts focusing on new materialism. Together, we will try to connect, make sense, and re-learn. As well as participants, guests will bring practice and their way of making sense to our space. How these topics, keywords, discussions, reflections (that we are going to receive from readings) may help us to shift, transform, make with and think with? How can we be able to give afterwards? You are welcome to stop by and drift with us if you are looking for ways to become many.


With texts by Isabelle Stengers, Deborah Bird Rose, Rosi Braidotti, Ursula K. Le Guin, Astrida Neimanis, Donna Haraway or Timothy Morton.

Discussions/Talks with Lucie Tuma, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, Riikka Tauriainen, Patrick Müller, Abby Wright


LAB 7.2: Student Reading Group

“What do we do with love?” Spring 2022

As well as re/reading, coming together and joining to conversation, there will be time and space for dwelling, speculating and imagining in this LAB. Because, yes, love brings a lot of questions. It also opens space to dream, imagine, ask and search, transform, remember or forgive and forget. There are possibilities and different practices, not definitions or borders, not attempts to limit potentials of love.

What does the heart’s brain look like? How do you articulate the ways in which you are broken hearted? What does your most beautiful day look like? How do you want to live? How do you define home? What is grief? Why would you start anything again? How do you sustain intimacy? How do we share a dream? How to live and die well with each other?

Is it love? Using concepts of coexistence, entanglement,

re-enchantment, collectivity and complexity we will be exploring other forms of love and connectedness beyond binaries such as nature/culture, subjective/objective, alive/inanimate, object/artifact, movement/stillness. Based on queer feminist thinking we will seek ways to contribute to current conversations and practices that foreground structures of inequality, power and control through a focus on new materialism. 

With texts by Karen Barad, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Ingo Niermann, Brian Kuan Wood, Paul B. Preciado, Mariana Ortega, Daisy Hildyard, Astrida Neimanis

Discussions/Talks with Nina Paim, Ingo Niermann, Thea Reifler

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