For a number of years, new material feminists have been developing new theoretical tools, new modes of conceptual analysis, and new ethical frameworks. Object-oriented ontology, part of the speculative realism "movement," has been engaged in something similar. Yet these endeavors have often taken place in "parallel universes," despite sharing - or at least colliding around - a range of somewhat similar ontological and epistemological commitments. Composed as a diffractive musing encounter, the article brings Barad's Meeting the Universe Halfway, already a "foundational" text for new material feminism, into an encounter with a speculative realist text of the same "foundational" status, Harman's The Quadruple Object. The article develops a notion of diffractive musing as embodied, sensory struggle which instantiates intellectual generosity as a mode of critique.
- new material feminism
- speculative realism
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)