Materialism without matter? Some thoughts on the notion of materiality in science and technology studies

Room 417 Muirhead Tower
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 31st May 2017 (16:00-18:00)
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The aim of this talk is to present some shared notions of materiality and their ontological underpinnings in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and provide a materialist critique of contemporary research in this field. While a certain focus on processes of materialisation and the notion of relational materialism might qualify Science and Technology Studies approaches as what Etienne Balibar calls a ‘materialism without matter’, the accusation that they posit matter (or materiality) against materialism should not be dismissed prematurely.

Johannes Beetz from the University of Warwick proposes a return to some older (dialectical, historical) materialisms to evaluate the critical potential of current STS scholarship.

Find out more about the event on the Contemporary Philosophy of Technology Research Group’s page here