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This is the first of my blog posts from the Nonhuman Turn conference. These will be uploaded as they come over the next two and a half days. Special thanks to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for making this as easy as it is, and to Mary Mullen for making sure it is that way. […]

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The preliminary schedule is out for The Nonhuman Turn in 21st Century Studies. The list of speakers reads like a “who’s who” of the neo-ontological, speculative-realist crowd in cultural and media theory: Steven Shaviro, Jane Bennett, Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, Mark Hansen, Ian Bogost, and Tim Morton are among the keynotes, while lesser mortals like […]

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The new issue of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy includes work by Quentin Meillassoux, Tristan Garcia, a review panel discussing Katrin Pahl’s Tropes of Transport: Hegel and Emotion, and a piece by me on the objects-processes debate in speculative realist philosophy. The latter, entitled “Beatnik Brothers? Between Graham Harman and the Deleuzo-Whiteheadian Axis,” is an updated version […]

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The following are the comments I prepared for the roundtable “The Arts and Humanities Respond to the Anthropocene.” They follow in the line of critical thinking on the Anthropocene initiated by gatherings like the Anthropocene Project (see here, here, and here, and some of the posts at A(S)CENE) and journals like Environmental Humanities. As a cultural theorist, […]

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Faves

This is where you can find some of the most popular posts from the history of this blog, as well as some of my own favorite posts. I’ve also moved the most popular “tags” here, below, as least until I reintroduce a Tag Cloud that looks respectable (my server’s doesn’t). Popular Posts Avatar: Panthea v. […]

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Primer

Here is a thematic primer to some of the more substantive topics covered on this blog. Post-Constructivism & Speculative Realism Between Continental & environmental philosophy Eco-Marxism & the 4 Laws of Ecology Integralism & climate change Nonhuman Turn intro – first of 12 part series Non-Human Turn conclusion On animism, multinaturalism, & cosmopolitics Progress (toward […]

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With just enough distance to sense that I miss it already (in a brain-body hangover kind of way), but not enough for this to be taken too seriously, I offer some morning-after thoughts on the Nonhuman Turn conference. 1. It was a tremendous gathering of forces, of people doing valuable work with ideas, with knowledge-building […]

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Day 2 at The Nonhuman Turn. Richard Grusin: Why Nonhuman? Why Now? The CFP for this conference elicited lively comments and concerns on Facebook walls (Ken Wark’s and Alex Galloway’s): expression of “turn fatigue” (:-) [ai: my first proposal was about just that], and a concern that this would ipso facto be a conference of […]

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Turning nonhuman

I’m on my way to Milwaukee for the Nonhuman Turn conference. I will do my best to live-blog from it, though that will depend on the technology the U of Wisconsin Milwaukee offers conference participants. Stay tuned.

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“Ultimately, the thinking of speculative pragmatism that is activist philosophy belongs to nature. Its aesthetico-politics compose a nature philosophy. The occurrent arts in which it exhibits itself are politics of nature. “The one-word summary of its relational-qualitative goings on: ecology. Activist philosophy concerns the ecology of powers of existence. Becomings in the midst. Creative change […]

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