What does it mean to be human? Today, our understanding of the human animal is radically shifting, and so too must our understanding of history and the other humanistic disciplines. Epigenetics, the New Materialism, Extended Cognition, and many other insights from both science and the humanities are now revealing how deeply embedded we are in the material world. Humans are best understood not in distinction to their material environments, but rather as emerging from our countless intimate connections with powerfully creative material things that surround us and are in some cases literally in us. Organisms, machines, buildings, and countless other artifacts--these are the non-human things that make us human. To begin exploring the exciting new possibilities offered by the New Material Humanism, you can click on any of my current projects scrolling above or take a look at some of my publications and blog posts below.
New: Praise for The Matter of History: How Things Create the Past
A “profound and provocative book…” (Steven Lubar, Technology and Culture 59 (2018): 963-64.
“[The Matter of History] easily counts among the ten most fascinating books that I have read over the last decade.” (Stefan Berger, Critical Social Theory)
“The Matter of History constitutes the first successful attempt to create an historical narrative truly grounded in a non-anthropocentric ethos, both in terms of its theoretical premises and of its methodological choices.” (Caludio de Majo, Global Environment 12 (2019): 427-435.
New Interview on The Matter of History
Check out this great new podcast discussion of The Matter of History with Jason L. Newton, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University: