Special Topics in Archaeology: Materiality

New Materialism
Course Number: 
230
Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2017
Section: 
002
Location: 
219 Kroeber
Instructor: 
Joyce, R
Units: 
4
Time: 
T 2 - 5 pm
CCN: 
31541

The purpose of this seminar is to read work together that comes under the broad rubric of "New Materialisms", in order to understand what brings this work together, what distinguishes it from classical materialism and more recent social theory of materiality, and to situate each of our own projects within this network of work. The seminar presumes a certain level of comfort with the concepts of contemporary research on materiality (although it also provides a platform to consolidate understanding of those works). It is assumed that you are reading this work to incorporate in a text in progress (a field statement, draft chapter or paper) and is constructed around this motivated form of reading and writing.

Texts: 

Core texts (partial reading list subject to change)

Karen Barad Meeting the Universe Halfway
Jane Bennet Vibrant Matter
William Connolly The Fragility of Things
Diana Coole and Samantha Frost New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics
Pierre Descola The Ecology of Others
Rick Dolphijn and Iris van der Tuin (eds) New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies
Eduardo Kohn How Forests Think
Manuel de Landa A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity
Brian Massumi What Animals Teach Us About Politics
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro Cannibal Metaphysics