Metaphors and Problematizations Notes for a Research Programme on New Materialism

Luigi Pellizzoni
TECNOSCIENZA Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies   unpublished
The "ontological turn" in social theory is a major intellectual wave of recent years. Focusing on feminist new materialism, the paper outlines elements for a research programme on this topic. It elaborates first on the conceptual exchange between scholarships in social theory and bio-physical sciences, dwelling on the constitutive role of metaphors. Then it considers the role of a profound socio-cultural transition that has begun in the 1970s and reached a full-fledged expression at the turn of
more » ... sion at the turn of the millennium. This transition has triggered a "problematization" (in Foucault's sense) that, pivoting on the notion of indeterminacy, associates social theory, cutting edge biophysical science and neoliberal rule.