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MATERIA: Latin Americanist and Comparative Post-Anthropocentrisms

MATERIA is a new discursive space on campus for sustained intellectual exchange on a central tendency in contemporary criticism: the decentering of humans as “our object of study.” We are an inclusive, interdisciplinary group that finds in the notion of post-anthropocentrism an umbrella for some of the most interesting debates of recent years. These span not only post-humanism and new materialism, but also animal and object studies. In 2014-2015, each quarter will focus on a specific critical current within post-anthropocentrism.

Session formats alternate to include discussions of readings moderated by faculty and graduate students, presentations of works-in-progress, and talks by guest speakers. All readings will be pre-distributed by email and are available to download from our website,

All meetings held in Pigott Hall (Building 260), Room 216, 5:15 – 7:05 PM

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    • Oct 21, 20155:15 PM - 7:05 PM