....New Materialisms, Novel Mentalities, Quantum Literacy..NEW MATERIALISMS, NOVEL MENTALITIES, QUANTUM LITERACY....

....vera bühlmann

Minnesota Review 

..VERA BÜHLMANN

Minnesota Review....

 

....abstract

Introduction to New Materialist Genealogies
New Materialisms, Novel Mentalities, Quantum Literacy
Vera Bühlmann, Felicity Colman, and Iris van der Tuin

 

Like the new materialist turn, feminist new materialist scholarship 45 (Haraway 1988; Barad 2007) draws attention to a novel understanding of literacy that incorporates code and is not limited to linguistic registers of grammar, syntax, and semantics (Haraway 1997). At stake is the conception of literacy, whose articulations are capable of organizing the generative potential/contingency of the expressions and 10 forms of conceptions as real things. 

From the materialist investigations that coalesced through and in the merger of the sciences with humanities research (notably in Bergson 2004; Haraway 1988, 1991, 1997; Barad 2007; Lévy-Leblond 1976, 1999; Plotnitsky 2006, 2009), new materialist investigations join as part of a paradigmatic shift that we witnessed occurring across the pedagogic landscape of the early twenty-first century in environmental humanities, science, and technology studies as well as across the humanities and in the sciences (see Dolphijn and van der Tuin 2012). In the humanities, some of these shifts are articulated under the concepts explored in postcapitalist, posthumanist, and postcolonial positions. In the sciences, these new fields that opened in the twentieth century manifest, transversally rather than disciplinarily, the role that informatics, systems theory, and cybernetics has de facto come to play in all fields (Wiener 1948; Bateson 1972; Whitehead 2011; Margulis and Sagan 2008; Hayles 2012). These investigations all result in a change in the narratives concerning knowledge forms, their production, and their meaning (Floridi 2015; Lyotard [1979] 1984; Serres 1969–80; Terranova 2004).

Through our study of new materialist research, what we have come to discern is that this new materialist literacy has in part come about as part of a consideration of the methods that feature in the twentieth century in “quantum-thinking.” The epistemological as wellas the ontological status of these methods in their practice—that is, in their current actualization — have largely unsettled the pedagogical landscape as a whole, and they are profoundly disturbing from the point of view of both objectivist and subjectivist philosophy. In effect, there are numerous attempts at disentangling — often in orthodox fashion — the disturbing co-incidence of information and energy, code and matter, that we witness in electro-technics and informatics. The novel manners of measuring chance are physical measures of a substantial kind of contingency that are physical in the sense that they afford, within certain bounds, of course, large degrees of controllability and reproducibility of effects in a systematic manner.  ...

..ABSTRACT

Introduction to New Materialist Genealogies
New Materialisms, Novel Mentalities, Quantum Literacy
Vera Bühlmann, Felicity Colman, and Iris van der Tuin

 

Like the new materialist turn, feminist new materialist scholarship 45 (Haraway 1988; Barad 2007) draws attention to a novel understanding of literacy that incorporates code and is not limited to linguistic registers of grammar, syntax, and semantics (Haraway 1997). At stake is the conception of literacy, whose articulations are capable of organizing the generative potential/contingency of the expressions and 10 forms of conceptions as real things. 

From the materialist investigations that coalesced through and in the merger of the sciences with humanities research (notably in Bergson 2004; Haraway 1988, 1991, 1997; Barad 2007; Lévy-Leblond 1976, 1999; Plotnitsky 2006, 2009), new materialist investigations join as part of a paradigmatic shift that we witnessed occurring across the pedagogic landscape of the early twenty-first century in environmental humanities, science, and technology studies as well as across the humanities and in the sciences (see Dolphijn and van der Tuin 2012). In the humanities, some of these shifts are articulated under the concepts explored in postcapitalist, posthumanist, and postcolonial positions. In the sciences, these new fields that opened in the twentieth century manifest, transversally rather than disciplinarily, the role that informatics, systems theory, and cybernetics has de facto come to play in all fields (Wiener 1948; Bateson 1972; Whitehead 2011; Margulis and Sagan 2008; Hayles 2012). These investigations all result in a change in the narratives concerning knowledge forms, their production, and their meaning (Floridi 2015; Lyotard [1979] 1984; Serres 1969–80; Terranova 2004).

Through our study of new materialist research, what we have come to discern is that this new materialist literacy has in part come about as part of a consideration of the methods that feature in the twentieth century in “quantum-thinking.” The epistemological as wellas the ontological status of these methods in their practice—that is, in their current actualization — have largely unsettled the pedagogical landscape as a whole, and they are profoundly disturbing from the point of view of both objectivist and subjectivist philosophy. In effect, there are numerous attempts at disentangling — often in orthodox fashion — the disturbing co-incidence of information and energy, code and matter, that we witness in electro-technics and informatics. The novel manners of measuring chance are physical measures of a substantial kind of contingency that are physical in the sense that they afford, within certain bounds, of course, large degrees of controllability and reproducibility of effects in a systematic manner.  ....