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Master class: Critical new materialist cartographies & methodologies (event for research LiLI-project)

Dr. Evelien Geerts (Research Fellow, the University of Birmingham)

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 14:00-16:30

This master class on contemporary critical new materialisms starts with a brief situated cartography of various strands of new materialist (and posthumanist & affect theoretical) thought, and specifically focuses on those new materialisms that have been driven by feminist, queer, and critical race studies theories, ideas, and concepts. After thinking through the relevance of new materialist thought when it comes to our own research projects, we will dive into more methodological questions and issues (How can we use a new materialist methodological framework to disrupt & rethink the relations between the presumed researcher-as-subject/object researched/knowledge produced? Do our data have the agential capacity to "haunt" us?, ...). The master class will be followed by a collective Q&A during which we think through our own positionalities as empirical/conceptual thinkers.

Dr. Evelien Geerts is a multidisciplinary philosopher (PhD University of California, Santa Cruz, United States of America) and a postdoctoral researcher (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom) with a passion for teaching and a thorough training in political philosophy and theory, critical theory, and philosophy of science, STS & epistemology. As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, she is involved in Dr. Katharina Karcher’s ERC-funded Urban Terrorism in Europe (2004-19): Remembering, Imagining, and Anticipating Violence project.