September 12, 2017

Call for Participation | Recent Graduate New Materialism Reading Group

It cannot be ignored that there is an inherent interest in a certain kind of materiality common to many recent graduates in Dublin. Whether it be an interest in objecthood, environmentalism, the natural environment and our relationship to it, the Anthropocene etc; it seems recent graduates have started to have New Materialist tendencies.

β€˜With the changing of societies on local, national and international scales owing to economic, ecological, political and technological developments and crises, a reorganized academic landscape can be observed to be emerging… New materialist scholars use β€˜matter’ as their focal point and searchlight. Zooming in on the matter of ecology, economy, politics, technology and art, these scholars move away from a framework of representation.’ (

There is a common feeling of isolation and a lack of agency in the years after graduating, a reading group is a good way to start a peer to peer supportive dialogue.
What this reading group will intend to do is to tease out some of these New Materialist ideas in a group setting, supporting each individual’s common interests and practices. Through reading certain texts (listed below) it is hoped that a dialogue will emerge between a group of recent graduates dealing with similar tendencies in their own practices.
There is no long-term commitment, only a vague hope that this dialogue could turn into an event, happening or publication of sorts.

If interested please fill out form and read schedule:

Call for Participation | Recent Graduate New Materialism Reading Group