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‘Sensuous Singularity’

Hamish Fulton’s Cairngorm Walk-Texts

Alan Macpherson

’s walk-texts may offer an alternative mode of linguistic engagement more adept at addressing our current ecological moment. I approach this questioning of Fulton’s work through the term ‘sensuous singularity’, which I draw from Jane Bennett’s writing on

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Embodied Vibrations

Disastrous Mobilities in Relocation from the Christchurch Earthquakes, Aotearoa New Zealand

Gail Adams-Hutcheson

-depth analysis of what Jane Bennett terms “vibrant matter,” 3 that is, the active, earthy, not-quite-human capaciousness that mingles with the material affects of buildings. Allowing for deliberation on the fluidity of buildings and consideration of elemental

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Ken MacLean

“I believe that … we need to use landmines in order to safeguard the life and property of people and self-defense.” President Thein Sein ( Wa Lone 2013 ) Landmines possess what Jane Bennett calls “thing-power.” Man-made items, she argues, have the

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Pippa Marland and Anna Stenning

of Fulton’s ‘walk-texts’ for stimulating an ecologically ethical sensibility. Drawing on the ideas of political theorist Jane Bennett, Macpherson identifies in Fulton’s work an attention to the ‘sensuous singularity’ of the landscapes through which he

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Creative Practices/Resistant Acts

Nesreen Hussein and Iain MacKenzie

. His contribution, however, is included in this collection. 4 Jane Bennett’s (2010) discussion of the role of “vibrant matter” is instructive in this latter respect. 5 One interesting exception is Alina Jelinek’s This Is Not Art: Activism and

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Why Railroads Now?

Anthropology of Infrastructure and Debates around “Green” Transit

Heather Anne Swanson

more-than-human agency. John Law, “On the Methods of Long-Distance Control: Vessels, Navigation and the Portuguese Route to India.” The Sociological Review 32, no. 1 (1984): 234–263. 9 Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things

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“Rights of Things”

A Posthumanist Approach to Law?

Doris Schweitzer

subjects and things as legal objects, Jane Bennett (2010: 9 ) refers to the notion of the “deodand” as an example of the role nonhuman actants can play in law. From about 1200 until 1848, a jury could declare an animal or inanimate object to be responsible

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Facing a Toxic Object

Nuclear Waste Management and its Challenges for Nature-Culture-Relationships

Christiane Schürkmann

activity in an ambivalent way: they are not only involved in functional and cooperative networks but rather in relations that requires further separation and isolation. 3 Jane Bennett defines nature as a “vital materiality or vibrant matter” ( Bennett

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Lest We Forget (Matter)

Posthumanism, Memory, and Exclusion

Matthew Howard

conditions is replaced by an acknowledgment that the body is actually limited by such conditions ( Orlie 2010) , or contingent on them. Clearly, then, this ethic of intra-agency advanced by new materialists is an ecological one, with Jane Bennett suggesting

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Queer Sinofuturism

The Aberrant Movements and Posthumanist Mutations of Body, Identity, and Matter in Lu Yang's Uterus Man

Gabriel Remy-Handfield

and Guattari's thought are Rosi Braidotti, Elizabeth Grosz, Claire Colebrook, Luciana Parisi, Moira Gatens, Sadie Plant, and Jane Bennett. 6 Sinofuturism as a concept appears in the work of video artist Lawrence Lek in his eponymously titled video