Localizing Feminist New Materialisms
New materialisms are a cross-disciplinary trend in 21st-century thought focused on rethinking materialities as crucial participants and
actors in current reality. This research project expands new materialisms by localizing them in innovative ways in gender and feminist studies and arts and humanities. It tests and elaborates feminist new materialisms through empirical study and research methodologies, especially ethnographic methods. The project's sub-studies engage such topics so far little examined in new materialist research as children's cultures and education, raciality, issues of queer activism, collective craft-making, and sound, music and performing arts practices. Through fieldwork-based case studies, the project produces localized new materialist understandings of materiality, gender and agency as phenomena in which human and nature, body and environment, mind and matter dynamically constitute each other.