Vibrant Matters, 2015 | Conference


Image by Sam Wilson, 2014.

Vibrant Matters was a two-day event, held on the 29th and 30th Jan 2015. It was a co-sponsored Land2/PLaCE International conference, with further assistance from Dundee’s Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy, held at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and organised by Mary Modeen, co-convenor of both research networks.


These two linked events—the research networks’ symposium and the third annual Land2/ PLaCE International Art and Humanities postgraduate event, featured discussions, presentations and practices that were investigated through the lens of New Materialism, and specifically, with a background of Jane Bennett’s book, Vibrant Matter as preliminary reference reading.

The keynote speaker was Peta Hinton, who presented a lecture entitled Assembling Vital Life, or, Ecology is the New Ethics: Bennett's Vital Materialism.


Peta Hinton completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and most recently undertook a postdoctoral fellowship with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) Berlin (2013/14), where she was an Affiliated Fellow for the 2014-15 academic year, and concurrently based at the University of Utrecht. Her current project investigates the way death and nothing(ness) might figure for a new (feminist) materialist politics and ethics.

On the 29th Jan, 9 invited speakers preceded the keynote address. The speakers include:


Helmut Lemke (independent sound artist and recent artist-in-residence at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye)

Judith Tucker (University of Leeds) & Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University) in a joint collaborative presentation

Paul Wilson (University of Leeds)

Andrea Thoma (University of Leeds)

Susan Trangmar (Central St. Martins, University of the Arts, London)

Gina Wall (Moray College of the University of the Highlands and Islands)

Rebecca Thomas (University of Hertfordshire)

Louise K. Wilson (University of Leeds)

Dominic Smith (University of Dundee)