On Research 'Worthy of the Present'

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Iris van der Tuin


How do we do our work as scholars in an age of electronic reason and computational media and under media-saturated, algorithmic conditions? In this article I suggest that the age of electronic reason, the ubiquity of computational media, and our condition as algorithmic are not only valid objects of study for humanists, digital humanists, and post-humanists today. As scholars, we are also and always/already affected by these so-called objects. We live and work with/in them, a situation that has methodological implications. By visiting concepts and arguments of thinkers like Rosi Braidotti, Donna Haraway, Achille Mbembe, and Isabelle Stengers, I ask: how not to be indifferent to knowing that algorithms repeat age-old patterns of in- and exclusion? How to act on possibilities for change as critical and creative researchers? How does research worthy of our time look?


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van der Tuin, I. (2019). On Research ’Worthy of the Present’. SFU Educational Review, 12(1), 8–20. https://doi.org/10.21810/sfuer.v12i1.860
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Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University

Iris van der Tuin is professor in Theory of Cultural Inquiry at Utrecht University (Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies). She is also director of the School of Liberal Arts and program director of the interdisciplinary bachelor's programme Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her research is part of the group Transmission in Motion of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry. 

Trained as a feminist epistemologist and working as an interdisciplinarian, she works on the intersection of philosophies of science and the humanities, cultural theory and cultural inquiry (especially pertaining to humanities scholarship that traverses ‘the two cultures’). She co-authored New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (Open Humanities Press, 2012) with Rick Dolphijn, wrote Generational Feminism: New Materialist Introduction to a Generative Approach(Lexington Books, 2015) and edited Nature for Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender (Macmillan Reference USA, 2016). Iris chaired the COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter comes to Matter’ (2014-18) and worked in the H2020 project Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition (2017, chaired by Felicity Colman). Iris is founding editor with Rosi Braidotti of the book series New Materialisms of Edinburgh University Press. She is editor of Somatechnics with Holly Randell-Moon. Iris serves on the editorial board of Australian Feminist Studies and on the advisory board of Genders, of the monograph series about Michel Serres of Bloomsbury Press, and of Goldsmiths Press.