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Martin Savransky

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PositionLecturer
Department Sociology
Email m.savransky (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7563
Martin Savransky

Martin Savransky joined the department as a lecturer in 2015. He is Director of the Unit of Play. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Martin taught at University College London, and held visiting positions at The University of Freiburg, The University of Barcelona, and 17, Institute for Critical Studies.

Martin’s work develops a philosophy of practices of thinking, knowing, and feeling and across a variety of fields, interweaving a speculative pragmatism with an evolving pluralistic politics. He has a keen interest in the politics of difference, postcolonial thought, and in forms of thinking that are conceptually inventive, speculatively experimental, and sensibly pluralistic.

He is the author of The Adventure of Relevance (Palgrave Macmillan, with a foreword by Isabelle Stengers), and co-editor of Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge). He is currently working on a new book project under the title of Around the Day in Eighty Worlds: Politics of the Pluriverse.

Martin is a Founding Member of the Association for Process Thought, and Book Reviews Editor of Science as Culture.

Teaching

Masters

Martin convenes and teaches the MA Critical and Creative Analysis, its core module titled ‘What is Culture? Key Theoretical Interventions’, as well as an MA option titled ‘Politics and Difference.’

Undergraduate

Martin convenes and teaches a third-year option titled ‘Philosophy, Politics & Alterity’, a second-year core course titled ‘Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences’, and he lectures in the first-year Philosophy, Politics and Economics course ‘Introduction to Philosophy: The Problem of Ethics.’

Areas of supervision

Pragmatist and Continental Philosophy (William James, Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, Isabelle Stengers); Philosophy of Practices; Speculative Thought; Postcolonial Thought and the Politics of Difference; Pluralistic Politics and Thinking; The Politics of Knowledge; Social and Cultural Theory; History and Philosophy of the Human Sciences. 

Martin welcomes queries from current and prospective students interested in any of his areas of research and teaching.

 

 

 

Research Interests

Martin’s research develops a philosophy of practices of thinking, knowing, feeling and doing across a variety of fields, interweaving a speculative pragmatism with an evolving pluralistic politics. He has a keen interest in the politics of difference, postcolonial thought, and in forms of thinking that are conceptually inventive, speculatively experimental, and sensibly pluralistic.

Publications

Book

The Adventure of Relevance: An Ethics of Social Inquiry
Savransky, Martin. 2016. The Adventure of Relevance: An Ethics of Social Inquiry. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-57146-5

Edited Book

Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures
Wilkie, Alex; Savransky, Martin and Rosengarten, Marsha, eds. 2017. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138688360

Book Section

Section Introduction: Speculative techniques
Wilkie, Alex; Savransky, Martin and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2017. Section Introduction: Speculative techniques. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative research: The lure of possible futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 1138688363

Foucault's Subjectivities
Greco, Monica and Savransky, Martin. 2017. Foucault's Subjectivities. In: Lisa Downing, ed. After Foucault: Culture, Theory, and Criticism in the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The Wager of an Unfinished Present: Notes on Speculative Pragmatism
Savransky, Martin. 2017. The Wager of an Unfinished Present: Notes on Speculative Pragmatism. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 1138688363

Section 2: Speculative lures
Rosengarten, Marsha; Savransky, Martin and Wilkie, Alex. 2017. Section 2: Speculative lures. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research The Lure of Possible Futures. Routledge. ISBN 9781138688360

Section Introduction: Speculative Propositions
Savransky, Martin; Rosengarten, Marsha and Wilkie, Alex. 2017. Section Introduction: Speculative Propositions. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. Oxon; New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138688360

The Lure of Possible Futures: On Speculative Research
Savransky, Martin; Wilkie, Alex and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2017. The Lure of Possible Futures: On Speculative Research. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 1138688363

Section Introduction: Speculative implications
Savransky, Martin; Wilkie, Alex and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2017. Section Introduction: Speculative implications. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research The Lure of Possible Futures. (236) Routledge. ISBN 9781138688360

The Social and Its Problems: On Problematic Sociology
Savransky, Martin. 2016. The Social and Its Problems: On Problematic Sociology. In: Noortje Marres; Michael Guggenheim and Alex Wilkie, eds. Inventing the Social. London: Mattering Press.

'In Praise of Hesitation: 'Global' Knowledge as a Cosmopolitical Adventure'
Savransky, Martin. 2014. 'In Praise of Hesitation: 'Global' Knowledge as a Cosmopolitical Adventure'. In: Wiebke Keim; Ercument Celik; Christian Ersche and Veronika Wöhrer, eds. Global Knowledge Production in The Social Sciences. London: Ashgate, pp. 237-250. ISBN 9781472426178

'An Ecology of Times: Modern Knowledge, Non-modern Temporalities'
Savransky, Martin. 2012. 'An Ecology of Times: Modern Knowledge, Non-modern Temporalities'. In: Cecile Lawrence and Natalie Churn, eds. Movements in Time: Revolution, Social Justice and Times of Change. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 265-280. ISBN 978-1443840163

Article

A Decolonial Imagination: Sociology, Anthropology, and The Politics of Reality
Savransky, Martin. 2017. A Decolonial Imagination: Sociology, Anthropology, and The Politics of Reality. Sociology, 51(1), pp. 11-26. ISSN 0038-0385

Modes of Mattering: Barad, Whitehead, and Societies
Savransky, Martin. 2016. Modes of Mattering: Barad, Whitehead, and Societies. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 30, ISSN 1555-9998

What Is Nature Capable Of? Evidence, Ontology, and Speculative Medical Humanities
Savransky, Martin and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2016. What Is Nature Capable Of? Evidence, Ontology, and Speculative Medical Humanities. Medical Humanities, 42, pp. 166-172. ISSN 1468-215X

On The Problem of Attachment: Living Economies and The Ecology of Late Capitalism
Savransky, Martin. 2015. On The Problem of Attachment: Living Economies and The Ecology of Late Capitalism. Science as Culture, 24(4), pp. 526-531. ISSN 0950-5431

Of Recalcitrant Subjects
Savransky, Martin. 2014. Of Recalcitrant Subjects. Culture, Theory and Critique, 55(1), pp. 96-113. ISSN 1473-5784

'Liminal Refrains: Speculations on Truth and Change in Art and Science'
Savransky, Martin. 2013. 'Liminal Refrains: Speculations on Truth and Change in Art and Science'. Notatnik Teatralny(72-73), pp. 324-334. ISSN 0867-2598

Worlds in The Making: Social Sciences and the Ontopolitics of Knowledge
Savransky, Martin. 2012. Worlds in The Making: Social Sciences and the Ontopolitics of Knowledge. Postcolonial Studies, 15(3), pp. 351-368. ISSN 1368-8790

'A Becoming Together of The World: The Cosmopolitics of Isabelle Stengers'
Savransky, Martin. 2012. 'A Becoming Together of The World: The Cosmopolitics of Isabelle Stengers'. Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, 7(17), ISSN 2072-036X

Exhibition Catalogue

'Poetik der Gewalt' (A Poetics of Violence)
Savransky, Martin. 01/2012. 'Poetik der Gewalt' (A Poetics of Violence).

Project

'Speculation and Speculative Research Workshop', International Workshop with participants from UK, US, and Australia on speculation in social and cultural research and STS
Savransky, Martin; Gabrys, Jennifer; Rosengarten, Marsha and Wilkie, Alex. 2014. 'Speculation and Speculative Research Workshop', International Workshop with participants from UK, US, and Australia on speculation in social and cultural research and STS.

'Techniques of Existence: Efficacy, Ethics, Practice' Public Seminar Series, funded by DTC-ESRC Multidisciplinary Funding Scheme
Savransky, Martin. 2014. 'Techniques of Existence: Efficacy, Ethics, Practice' Public Seminar Series, funded by DTC-ESRC Multidisciplinary Funding Scheme.

Thesis

The Adventure of Relevance: Speculative Reconstructions in Contemporary Social Science
Savransky, Martin. 2014. The Adventure of Relevance: Speculative Reconstructions in Contemporary Social Science. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Other

'The Many Lives and Deaths of The Social: A Comment on CSISP's 10th Anniversary Symposium'
Savransky, Martin. 2014. 'The Many Lives and Deaths of The Social: A Comment on CSISP's 10th Anniversary Symposium'. CSISP Online.

On Relevance (The Very Idea)
Savransky, Martin. 2014. On Relevance (The Very Idea). Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, Anthropology.

'Capturing the Social Sciences: An Experiment in Political Epistemology'
Savransky, Martin. 2012. 'Capturing the Social Sciences: An Experiment in Political Epistemology'. Critical Legal Thinking.