::fibreculture:: Transformations Journal - "Things", issue 27 release

Grayson Cooke Grayson.Cooke at scu.edu.au
Wed Jan 27 23:41:34 CET 2016

Transformations announces the release of Issue No. 27  - Thing Theory, Material Culture, and Object-Oriented Ontology
Access the issue at: http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/editorial.shtml

The investigation of things is an important subject across many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In The Social Life of Things (1988), Arjun Appadurai provided an innovative exploration of how things, as commodities, shaped their human agents, rather than the other way around - an idea that would have important repercussions for a new scholarly interest in material culture. In attempting to illuminate the problematic notion of a "Thing Theory" (2001), Bill Brown has pointed to the complex relationship between objects and things, arguing that things lie outside a simple subject-object framework, leading a multifaceted "life" that humans only glimpse rather than truly see. More recently, in Vibrant Matter (2010), Jane Bennett has investigated the political ecology of things and scholars such as Gay Hawkins (2009) and Gillian Whitlock (2010) have taken up this rich field of enquiry in their explorations of topics as diverse as cultural detritus, the posthuman, the consumption of water and plastic, and the production, dissemination and reception of testimony and artifacts concerned with asylum seekers' life narratives.

This collection of articles spans art history, literature, theatre, and media studies, demonstrating the versatility of thing theory and its diverse applications to the study of material culture and the ontology of objects.

Editors: Jane Stadler and Wilson Koh.


Possibilization and Desuetude: the Politics of the Reversed Canvas as Thing-Object<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/01.shtml> - Richard Read

Thinking Things: Images of Thought and Thoughtful Images<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/02.shtml> - Chari Larsson

Territory of the Visual: Photographic Materialities and the Persistence of Indo-Muslim Architecture<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/03.shtml> - Sushma Griffin

Hubble-Bubble of Transcultural Encounters: A Study of the Social Life of the Hookah<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/04.shtml> - Prateek

Movement in the Motif: Semblances and Affective Criticism<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/05.shtml> - Nick Lord

The Forms and Uses of Contemporary Books: Studying the Book as a Mass Produced Commodity and an Intimate Object<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/06.shtml> - Hanna Kuusela

An Ontography of Broadband on a Domestic Scale<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/07.shtml> - Michael Arnold, Bjorn Nansen and Jenny Kennedy, Martin Gibbs, Mitchell Harrop, and Rowan Wilken

Schoolgirls at Truck Stops: Tracing Place, Things, Bodies and Fictions<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/08.shtml> - Susanne Gannon

Political Poetics and the Power of Things: Nonhuman Agency and Climate Change in Alexis Wright's The Swan Book<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/09.shtml> - Jean Skeat

Access the issue at: http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/27/editorial.shtml

Grayson Cooke
Associate Professor of Media
Course Coordinator Bachelor of Media
Director of Higher Degree Research Training
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Southern Cross University
P.O. Box 157
Lismore NSW 2480
Ph: +61 2 6620 3839
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