The Fabrication of a New Materialisms Researcher Subjectivity

  • Hillevi Lenz Taguchi


The purpose of this paper is to explore how to think about researcher subjectivity in another way informed by the feminist posthumanist philosophies of Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook, Isabelle Stengers and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. In contrast to subjectivity understood in the feminist poststructural sense as performative and discursively inscribed, researchers doing what presently is understood in terms of New Materialisms research (Åsberg et al. 2011; Dolphijn and van der Tuin 2012) can be seen to fabricate for themselves affectively engaged Bodies without Organs (BwOs) (Deleuze and Guattari 1987). Colebrook writes that the figuration of the BwO is counter-normative in relation to dominating views of subjectivity (2014, 23). It offers a reversal of the taken for granted organicist idea that bodies take on a function to become what they are meant to be in relation to a whole. Instead, a Body without Organs suggests that there can be a body without...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Child and Youth StudiesStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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