A number of interesting things are going on in the world of Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology. Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender, and Culture volumes 8.1 and 8.2 are now out. Volume 8.1 includes contributions from Levi R. Bryant, Jelisaveta Blagojevic, Brian Massumi, Claire Colebrook, Boyan Manchev Roberto Esposito (Author), Mladen Alexiev, Lee Edelman, Bojana Kunst, Stanimir Panayotov, Ivanka Apostolova, Igor Stojanovski Lamija Kosovic (Author), Slavco Dimitrov (Editor). Here you’ll find my article “Of Parts and Politics: Onticology and Queer Politics”. I engage heavily with Ranciere, Luhmann, issues of mereology, and present my sorting of objects into dark, dim, bright, and rogue for the first time in publication. Volume 8.2 includes contributions from Reza Nagarestani, Anthony Paul Smith, Artan Sadiku Ray Brassier (Author), Michael O’Rourke, Nikola Andonovski, Stanimir Panayotov Ben Woodard (Author), Katerina Kolozova and Stanimir Panayotov (Editor). Michael O’Rourke’s interview is especially interesting in this issue.
Graham Harman has been approached by David Chalmers to edit the Speculative Realism section of PhilPapers. I guess this means that SR and OOO have now become legitimate areas of academic research. This Spring Jon Cogburn (Associate Professor, Philosophy) will be teaching a course on Object-Oriented Philosophy and Graham Harman. Over at O-Zone there is a podcast of Ian Bogost’s “Seeing Things” along with a response by Robert Jackson. Speaking of O-Zone, don’t forget to submit your articles for the first issue on Ecology. Remember, for this issue “ecology” is not synonymous with the investigation of natural ecosystems, but refers to the investigation of any relations among objects. There’s an ecology of cities no less than Yellowstone Natural Park or a coral reef. We already have a number of fantastic papers lined up as well as outstanding interviews, so don’t miss out on the fun!