choose a mundane object or practice that seems to be stable, “finished,” and not/or no longer controversial. You can use any object or practice as a starting point– as long as it is something that is mundane. Examples of mundane objects would be bin bags (Woolgar and Lezaun), computers, food (Mol and Guthman), home appliances, water bottles, toys, doorstoppers (Latour), furnishings to buildings, etc. And examples of practices would be walking, dieting (Mol), learning, collecting, exercising, sleeping, reading, playing, studying, working, etc.
From this object/practice pick an artifact, fact, or process as an “it” that is very specific. So not some bin bag but the specific bin bag Woolgar was referring to in the newspaper article. Not just some computer but the Apple laptop you have in front of you, not just food but the sourdough bread you ate this morning. The same for practice, choose not just walking but walking through the park near your house, spinning at your local gym as exercise, studying for a particular exam etc.
The aim is not only to learn to see connections but to also find the world in the object (as multiplicities), and the object in the world (as lines of circulation and as a biography of things). Second, the focus here is on developing independent research skills, while still fine tuning general writing and comprehension ability.
-The essay MUST INCLUDE 3-4 ACADEMIC JOURNAL articles you researched (OUTSIDE THE ONES I am ATTACHING) and include one or more of this concepts:
• Ontological Politics
• New materialism
-Use primary and secondary sources:
-Quote scholarly sources for empirical claims
If drawing on a theory, try to quote a passage from that theorist (or an interpreter of that theorist), then interpret what that quote means. If you reference a theory without a direct quote, you should at least quote a page number
If using primary sources, such as laws/statues/policy documents etc, you need to interpret their significance
the following questions may help you in structuring your paper:
How Is the World in “It” and How Is “It” in the World?
2. What are the material, labor and economic dimensions? (How and who was involved in its production? In what kinds of institutions do they work and travel? What kind of professionals are involved in its development, production, and dissemination? How is it marketed, purchased, consumed? Where and by whom? What are the histories and materialities of those relations?)
3. What kinds of technologies and machines enable it to be produced and maintained? (What are the political, economic, bodily, labor, and historical dimensions of these technologies? How do they help constitute it?)
4. Where and when does it appear in the world? (What is the context of the object/thing/practice? How has it traveled historically? How does it appear and next to what or in what? What activities or ways of life enable one to come across it? Who is excluded in these addresses?)
5. What are the political dimensions? (What kinds of local, national, and international bodies claim jurisdiction over it? What bodies play a part in approving it? (e.g., lobbyists, patents, corporate sponsorship, etc.)?
6. How are bodies related to it? (What forms of attention, affect, emotion, and cognition are involved? What kinds of bodies, including nonhumans, and bodily relations are involved in producing it? What kinds make use of it? How are these bodies and relations gendered? Are there racial, gendered, differently abled, or other group identifications that help construct these bodies?)
8. What are some of its pedagogical dimensions? (How does it appear in our socialization? When do we learn about it in school? During the rest of life? What kinds of people/bodies get to learn about it? How much do we learn about it? What aspects of it are avoided? What are the histories of teaching about it? How does this matter?)
9. What are the mythological and symbolic dimensions? (What roles does it play in fantasies? What kinds of national narratives make use of it? What are the many different ways in which it can be taken as a symbol? How does this process serve in symbolic systems? What sorts of ideas, metaphors, movements, ideologies, and the like are associated with it? For whom are these relevant, to whom do they matter?)