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Object-Oriented Feminism
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The essays in Object-Oriented Feminism explore OOF: a feminist intervention into recent philosophical discourses like speculative realism, object-oriented ontology (OOO), and new materialism that take objects, things, stuff, and matter as primary. Object-oriented feminism approaches all objects from the inside-out position of being an object too, with all of its accompanying political and ethical potentials. This volume places OOF thought in a long history of ongoing feminist work in multiple disciplines. In particular, object-oriented feminism foregrounds three significant aspects of feminist thinking in the philosophy of things: politics, engaging with histories of treating certain humans (women, people of color, and the poor) as objects; erotics, employing humor to foment unseemly entanglements between things; and ethics, refusing to make grand philosophical truth claims, instead staking a modest ethical position that arrives at being in the right by being wrong. Seeking not to define object-oriented feminism but rather to enact it, the volume is interdisciplinary in approach, with contributors from a variety of fields, including sociology, anthropology, English, art, and philosophy. Topics are frequently provocative, engaging a wide range of theorists from Heidegger and Levinas to Irigaray and Haraway, and an intriguing diverse array of objects, including the female body as fetish object in Lolita subculture; birds made queer by endocrine disruptors; and truth claims arising in material relations in indigenous fiction and film. Intentionally, each essay can be seen as an object in relation to others in this collection. Contributors: Irina Aristarkhova, University of Michigan; Karen Gregory, University of Edinburgh; Marina Gr ini?, Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts; Frenchy Lunning, Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Timothy Morton, Rice University; Anne Pollock, Georgia Tech; Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Columbia University; R. Joshua Scannell, CUNY Graduate Center; Adam Zaretsky, VASTAL. Katherine Behar is an interdisciplinary media and performance artist and assistant professor of new media arts at Baruch College, City University of New York. She is author of Bigger Than You: Big Data and Obesity, and coauthor, with Emmy Mikelson, of And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art. Her art publications include Katherine Behar: E-Waste. University of Minnesota PressUNIMIN-PRES9781517901189The Urban ApparatusMediapolitics and the CityMartin, ReinholdA01BBB306eng192139.7215.9ARC0010000604/01/2017NP65.50ZWORLDBlending critical philosophy, political theory, and media theory, The Urban Apparatus explores how the aesthetics of cities and their political economies overlap. In a series of ten essays, Reinhold Martin argues that understanding the city as infrastructure reveals urbanization to be a way of imparting functional, aesthetic, and cognitive order to a contradictory, doubly bound neoliberal regime.Urbanization is a system of power and knowledge, and today's city functions through the expansive material infrastructures of the urban order. In The Urban Apparatus, Reinhold Martin analyzes urbanization and the contemporary city in aesthetic, socioeconomic, and mediapolitical terms. He argues that understanding the city as infrastructure reveals urbanization to be a way of imparting functional, aesthetic, and cognitive order to a contradictory, doubly bound neoliberal regime. Blending critical philosophy, political theory, and media theory, The Urban Apparatus explores how the aesthetics of cities and their political economies overlap. In a series of ten essays, with a detailed theoretical introduction, Martin explores questions related to urban life, drawn from a wide range of global topics from the fiscal crisis in Detroit to speculative development in Mumbai to the landscape of Mars, from discussions of race and the environment to housing and economic inequality. Each essay proposes a particular mediator (or a material complex) that is shaped by imaginative practices, each answering the question What is a city, today? The Urban Apparatus serves as an urban bookend to the architectural questions explored by Martin in his earlier book Utopia's Ghost, and ultimately offers readers a way to think politically about urbanization.
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Contents An Introduction to OOF Katherine Behar 1. A Feminist Object Irina Aristarkhova 2. All Objects Are Deviant: Feminism and Ecological Intimacy Timothy Morton 3. Allure and Abjection: The Possible Potential of Severed Qualities Frenchy Lunning 4. The World is Flat and Other Super Weird Ideas Elizabeth A. Povinelli 5. Facing Necrophilia, or "Botox Ethics" Katherine Behar 6. OOPS: Object Oriented Psychopathia Sexualis Adam Zaretsky 7. Queering Endocrine Disruption Anne Pollock 8. Political Feminist Positioning in Neoliberal Global Capitalism Marina Grzinic 9. In the Cards: From Hearing "Things" to Human Capital Karen Gregory 10. Both a Cyborg and a Goddess: Deep Managerial Time and Informatic Governance R. Joshua Scannell Acknowledgments Notes Contributors Index

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Katherine Behar is an interdisciplinary media and performance artist and assistant professor of new media arts at Baruch College, City University of New York. She is the author of Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity, and the co-author, with Emmy Mikelson, of And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art. Her art publications include Katherine Behar: E-Waste.

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"Taking on object-oriented ontologies and speculative realism, the authors of these essays are not shy in reestablishing feminist theory as a primary resource for thinking about objects, things and environments. The editor, Katherine Behar, offers a brilliant introduction to object-oriented feminism and the encounter it stages with current philosophical trends."-Patricia Ticineto Clough, author of Autoaffection and coeditor of Beyond Biopolitics

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