Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research is a scientific, open and peer reviewed journal designed as a space for dialogue and reflection upon about the interdisciplinary and contemporary turn to matter. Exploring how an engagement with materiality and how that impacts research practices and the relation between researcher and object of research. It is published half-yearly (June & December) and it includes articles in English.

New materialist scholars argue that agency is something relational, a network that distributes objects, humans, affect, and energies in determined spaces and time. It is an interdisciplinary paradigm that explores how multiplicity transverses the levels of the individual, the social and the symbolic. The term ‘neo-materialism’ was coined by Braidotti in 2002, to articulate the producing a very close connection between new materialist theories and contemporary feminist philosophy.

New materialism produces a zoom into the complexity of contemporary power relations, the canonization of knowledge, the importance of scientific jargons and reconfigurations of bodies (human and non-human), affects, pedagogical practices, and ultimately the relation between different disciplines and feminism itself.

The journal publishes different kinds of articles in a number of formats:

  • Peer Review Articles: articles that have passed the blind review carried out by a group of experts

  • Reviews: short articles about books, software or websites and PhD

  • Guest and Invited Articles: articles approved by the Editorial Board of the journal.

Matter will publishes issues related with its focus and scope and also publish monographic issues, centered on a specific and emerging subjects. Both of them are subjected to a peer review process.

Finally, this journal is published by the network of scholars that was developed viafunded by COST Action IS1307: Networking European New Materialisms: How matter comes to matter and Esbrina Research Group at the Universitat de Barcelona.  

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Invited Articles

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Monographical Articles

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Affecting Affirmative Reviews

This section stimulates dialogues across disciplines connecting new materialism and feminism with politics, ethics, ontology, epistemology and methodology. The reviews can evaluate the scope of a book, as well as exposing its contents, but this journal considers that they must go beyond that. An appropriate review has to start from the reflexive ability of the author to provide a critical evaluation of the book. However, the criticisms which we propose have to be affirmative (Van der Tuin, 2011), since it is precisely this affirmation that constitutes "the new" of the New Feminist Materialisms. The author of the review has to develop her o his own argument and ideas about the book. Thus, the text would be a material reality that is worth reading for itself, not as a substitute of the book. In this way, the reviews for which we appeal would become part of the theoretical and political discussions and the debates between different disciplines in relation to contemporary feminist and new materialism theory.

Editors
  • Silvia De Riba
  • Paula Estalayo
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Intra-view Section

This intra-view section features conversations between emergent and prominent scholars whose work revolves around the new materialisms. We want to facilitate productive intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogues within an ontology of immanence. As dialogues are always/already diffraction patterns, this section connects processes of knowledge creation that produce differences that matter.

Editors
  • Jacqueline Barreiro
  • Melisse Vroegindeweij
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Almanac (Open Form)

The almanac is intended as a glossary of terms to document, catalyze, and make public discourse within the fields of new materialism and associated research. We invite entries that are a rigorous introduction to a key term, a provocative rereading of existing nomenclature, or a creative explication of a more esoteric neologism you have developed.

The almanac began its life online (www.newmaterialism.eu), as a device for translating research within the New Materialism COST Action between 2016-18. Written by experienced professors and fledgling undergrads, it comprises over 40 diverse entries, on subjects including; Agency, Algorithms, Autopoietic System, Becoming, Body, Carbon Dioxide, Culture, Cyborg, Dance, Diagram, Disease, Documents, Ecology, Ethics, Image, Technology, Transversality, Vibration, Viscosity, Voice, Worlding, and many more.  We are excited by what the project’s migration to the MATTER journal can offer, how existing entries may be augmented and new ones brought forth.

We ask that you consider writing entries on terms that are both important to your research and germane to wider new materialist practice. We welcome co-authored texts, multiple entries on the same term, and are also keen to publish entries that operate beyond traditional textual frameworks, such as image-based entries, typographical experimentation, or linking to online materials that may be sonic or time-based, for example. Entries will be reviewed by the editors and we suggest a word count of between 500-1000 words.  

Entries may be an introduction to a key term, a rereading of existing nomenclature, or a creative explication of a more esoteric neologism. Re-working of existing entries through either formal submission or the open forum is welcomed. Future call-outs will also invite entries on new and emerging terms. 

Editors
  • David Gauthier
  • Sam Skinner
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Praxiography*: Practices and Institutions

This section provides an opportunity to engage with topics of research practices, critique of institutional structures, and invites bold explorations of ways of organizing, living, and imagining various praxes – be them within the field of e.g. academia, teaching, art, or activism. We invite theoretical, experiential, and experimental contributions from a variety of feminist perspectives as well as collaboratively written and collectively authored pieces.

We invite submissions from early career researchers, academics in precarious positions and independent researchers, artists, and organizers. We especially warmly welcome contributions from Indigenous, POC, trans and/or non-binary researchers, and perspectives from Eastern Europe/post-Soviet/post-socialist contexts and the Global South.

We are open for discussing the potential publication of other types of submissions.

Praxiography*: Practices and Institutions Scientific Committee 

  • Mónica Cano Abadía
  • Tara Mehrabi
  • Arun Saldanha

Editors
  • Olga Cielemęcka
  • Monika Rogowska-Stangret
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Creating Language and Theorizing Literature

Language has been accused of having been granted too much power (Barad, 2003: 801) and more than a decade later, this has been appropriated as a premise for any kind of materialist work. Nevertheless, how do we define language? What are the properties that take for granted its power? As a concept, ‘language’ has become a self-referential concept inserted in our common sense and academic vocabularies but defined within its own terms. This section aims at looking for alternative perspectives of language based on opening rhizomatic processes of affirmative critiques rather than linguistic claxifications (van der Tuin, 2015) that take for granted a communicative experience of it. Obtaining an operative definition of language requires pleading directly to its relational nature, rather than to its human communicative main characteristic. Therefore, in order to be able to define language and the materiality of its linguistic features without granting it too much power, this section situates language vía three realms (but is not limited to them): re-conceptualizing the aesthetics of the literary piece, thinking through writing methodologies that produce differences that matter; and a relational notion of language that emphasize how this language is beyond a human characteristic depending on the terms of its intra-action. Thus, we can see differing languages such as the language of technology, the language of mathematics, the language of more-than-human beings, and also the other cultural definitions of language. We invite contributions for this section that aim at theorizing and practising language and literature in a material way in order to situate language back into the phenomenon as an intra-active entangled part and not above, below or beyond the phenomenon itself.

Creating Language and Theorizing Literature Scientific Comitee

  • Belén Martín-Lucas
  • Serenella Iovino
  • Ana M. Fraile


Editors
  • Helen Palmer
  • Beatriz Revelles Benavente
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Quantic Mapping

New materialist scholars have been interested in situating, troubling, and refining processes of canonization and classification right from the start of the coming into being of the tradition in thought. New materialists inherited the complicated adjective “new” from the philosophers and theorists who coined the term whilst arguing themselves that “what we may call a ‘new tradition’ […] simultaneously gives us a past, a present, and a future” (Dolphijn and Van der Tuin 2012). There are generally two, interconnecting directions in which the scholarship has taken up these issues. One, by working on new materialism’s bibliography from the ground up; and two, by inventing methodological alternatives for progressive canonization and vertical classification. This section of Matter invites contributions that take up at least one of these directions and, ideally, actualize both at the same time. What scholars, thinkers, and practitioners should be mapped as “new materialists” in the here and now, and how does their work reach out into pasts and futures? What work do new materialisms do that is, to speak with Braidotti, “worthy of the present”? What theoretically informed methodologies are out there for new materialist scholars and students to use and innovate in ways that does justice to non-linear and inclusive bibliographical and dynarchival processes, to speak with Ernst? Think of cartographies and rhizomatics as emerging from the philosophical work of Deleuze and Guattari, Braidotti, and Foucault; of différance in the light of Derrida and Kirby; of diffractive readings and writings coming from Minh-ha, Haraway, and Barad; of topologies as deployed by Lury; of Tamboukou’s feminist genealogies; etc. Together we aim at showcasing research and methodologies that map the field in respect of quantum processes producing the outliers and irreductions in Latour’s term, that remain invisible when we stick to classical paradigms. Contributions can be theoretically or empirically based and preferablyy both: in short, we particularly welcome articles that show how new materialist approaches work on the ground and with what effect.

Quantic Mapping Scientific Comittee:

  • Aud Sissel Hoel
  • Malou Juelskjaer
  • Dorota Golanska
  • Rick Dolphijn

Editors
  • Maria Tamboukou
  • Iris van der Tuin
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Sciento-Metrics

As a collaborative praxis that crosses and exceeds disciplinary boundaries, feminist new materialisms have proffered new engagements with the processes of calculating and measuring matter, materials and materialisation. Karen Barad’s neologism ‘intra-activity’ conceives scientific measurements as entangled agencies and affirms the indeterminacy within the entangling/differentiating of measuring and making determinate. Measurements are performative, world-making rather than revealing practices and are enacted by diverse life forms that have the capacity for encoding, numbering, engineering, and more.

This section invites theoretically innovative and methodologically creative new materialist scholarship engaging the potentialities of mattering/measuring that open up different histories and futures of phenomena of concern. In what ways do new materialisms prompt a rethinking of the notion of calculability? How do collaborations with the more-than-human unsettle the boundaries between nature and technology; matter and code; energy and information; science and philosophy? How do we become accountable to that which exceeds calculation and determination? What new, hybrid, inventive and speculative methodologies do such inquiries require? How might we develop feminist scientific and agential literacies in engagements with diverse communities? And what might the work of decolonialising technoscientific and algorithmic ways of knowing entail in a new materialist frame?  

We welcome submissions of original research of between 6000 to 8000 words, including abstract and keywords. We also accept shorter critical commentaries of up to 2000 words on current issues and debates of topical relevance and on work published in the Sciento-Metrics section. All submissions will be initially reviewed by the editors, and then undergo double-blind peer review.

Sciento-Metrics Scientific Comittee 

  • Vera Bühlmann
  • Claude Draude
  • Corinna Bath

Editors
  • Elizabeth de Freitas
  • Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer
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Ethics, Affects and Pedagogies

This section seeks to explore the implications of new materialist thinking for ethical, pedagogical and educational thought and practice. It considers pedagogy broadly defined, both in educational contexts and writ large. It takes as a point of departure the proposition that affect is pedagogical, and, conversely, that all pedagogies have affective dimensions which entail an ethics: that is, they reduce or increase capacities to act in any given assemblage. The editors are particularly interested in the crossover between ethics and pedagogy. This section seeks to generate new ways of thinking with new materialist concepts rather than simply 'applying' them or using them in an 'illustrative fashion'. We encourage papers that explore how ideas stemming from the expansive tradition called 'new materialism' push diverse re-framings, re-purposings and re-imaginings of ethics, education and pedagogy? How does considering the ethical aspects of the affects pedagogical practice change research agendas and practices? We welcome submissions that respond to this charter broadly, or the questions offered specifically. 


Ethics, Affects and Pedagogies Scientific Committee

  • Elisabeth St. Pierre
  • Nathalie Sinclair
  • Hillevi Lenz Taguchi
  • Fikile Nxumalo

Editors
  • Anna Hickey-Moody
  • Aislinn O'Donnell
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Media Arts & Culturing

Media platforms dominate our material worlds. They document and witness daily events and experiences, and they imagine and complicate our ideas of “truth” and “reality” : media culture worlds. This section of the journal is dedicated to media arts practices that engage the multi-modal forms of media platforms, as they relate to critical, creative practices of culturing; ways of making, performing, activating, and thinking about media. 

We seek contributions from all kinds of practitioners who can contribute insight into what media culturing means for our time, and what role media culturing has to play in the world. If Human societies and the ecosystem (the Planet) are in crisis nowadays, it may be that a change in culture addressed by the arts and media production will offer the ways to surpass the auto-destructive tendency of Humans.  

In this section, we want to showcase articles and practices that explore a range of positions that engage whatever matter might be made, understood, and or materialised as “media”, which we describe as: energy platforms for culturing a new biospheric arts. These discussions can be addressing any energy form that media arts takes (analog, digital, quantum, water-based, ether-based, sound-based, image-based, text-based, material-focussed, sex-toys, washing-machines, smart technologies, smart textiles precious metals, plants, animals, etc. etc.). 

In addressing the call for this journal, Matter,this section asks: What is the matter of media, and what are the ways in which the media cultures the matter of life?How we understand these terms, after the feminist new materialist practices opened a further critique of matter have required that we de-culture media practices; by exploring how different media forms can block and or generate, and thus re-orient information about matter and its mattering by cultural and political infrastructures. Media platforms enable the agency of those infrastructures to be rendered visible; by their cultural appropriation, rendering, critique, presentation, rejection, destruction. When they don’t work, we perceive them; as they change, their users adapt and arrange their modes of engagement with the actualities, and possibilities of things and experiences in the world. Human societies engage in life through mediums that model and enable orientation of the matter of the world. Media platforms are systems already made; providing a perceptual lens onto things perhaps unseen or unknown, as-yet unthought, underexplored, or perhaps only ever imagined or dreamt. 

Media Arts & Culturing Scientific Committee 

  • Maaike Bleeker
  • Rebecca Coleman
  • Katve-Kaisa Kontturi
  • Milla Tiainen
  • Barbara Bolt

Editors
  • Felicity Colman
  • Ana M. Gonález Ramos
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Peer Review Process

Published articles are subject to a process of assessment by at least two referees considered to be experts in the research field. Thus, the articles published in Matter are previously subjected to a blind peer review. The editors of the journal reserve the right to publish the contributions in the issue which they consider most appropriate. The intention of the Matter is to provide rigorous, good-quality articles of interest to the academic community.

All the authors will receive notification of receipt of their work. Nonetheless, reception of a manuscript does not entail any commitment or obligation on the part of the journal.

When a manuscript is submitted it is subject to a review process consisting in the following steps:

a) it is reviewed in the first instance by the editorial board which may reject it outright if it clearly fails to comply with the journal’s editorial line;

b) otherwise, two experts are asked to make a blind assessment of the document. The committee may make suggestions for the article to be revised and improved. The assessment is performed in accordance with the review guidelines issued;

c) on the basis of the experts’ reports, the editorial board decides whether to publish the article as it stands, return it to the author with suggestions and observations or reject it for publication; at all events the author is informed of the decision as soon as possible (in a period of no more than six months after the date of the receipt of the article) together with the reasons for rejection if that is the decision.  If changes are requested, the author must confirm if he/she is willing and in a position to make them. If there is no reply or the reply takes more than one month, the journal will consider that the changes are not accepted and the article will therefore be considered rejected.

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Please, if you have any tecnhical problem in the reviewing process contact matterjournal@ub.edu.

 

 

Publication Frequency

The journal will be published twice a year, in February and July.

 

 

Open Access Policy

Matter: Journal of New Materialist Researcj provides free access to the full texts of all its contents immediately upon publication. Once published, authors can post a copy of their articles in his/their websites and in an Institutional or subject repository providing acknowledgment is given to the original source.

 


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