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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. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Martin worked at the department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, and held research and teaching positions at Goldsmiths, The University of Freiburg, and The University of Barcelona.

Martin is the author of ‘The Adventure of Relevance: An Ethics of Social Inquiry’ (Palgrave Macmillan) with a foreword by Isabelle Stengers.

Teaching

Martin convenes the ‘Politics and Difference’ MA Option, and contribute to the core PPE course ‘Introduction to Philosophy: The Problem of Ethics’, as well as to the dissertation workshops of the MA in ‘Critical and Creative Analysis’.

Areas of supervision

The politics and ethics of knowledge; Process and speculative philosophy; Social and cultural theory; History, philosophy and methodology of social inquiry; Pragmatism; Experience and evidence; Interdisciplinarity; Relevance, problems, and events; Science and technology studies; Ethics and subjectivity; Postcolonial studies; Pluralism, ontology and difference; Sociology, Fiction and Literature.

Martin welcomes queries from students interested in any of my areas of research and teaching.

Research Interests

Martin's research is concerned with the connections between modes of knowledge-making and modes of world-making, and more generally, between ways of thinking, knowing and feeling the world. Martin's orientation to these questions is informed by pragmatist, process and speculative philosophies (particularly the work of William James, John Dewey, Gilles Deleuze, Isabelle Stengers, and Alfred North Whitehead), and he addresses them in relation to a diverse range of knowledge-practices in the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, historiography, psychology, etc.), in medicine, and in non-secular, non-Western worlds.

Martin develops interrelated lines of research that seek to expand and transform our understanding of central concepts and problems in the social sciences and beyond (including ‘experience’, ‘evidence’, ‘relevance’, ‘problems’, ‘objectivity’, ’ethics’, ‘reality’, etc.), as well as draw out their social, political and ethical implications. Martin's aim is to create innovative strategies to develop new conceptual tools, methods, and ethical demands for knowledge-practices in a complex, global and eventful world.

 

Publications

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

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

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 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

Pluralities of Action, a Lure for Speculative Thought
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2017. Pluralities of Action, a Lure for Speculative Thought. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. United Kingdom: CRESC series, 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

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 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 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

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

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

Exhibition Catalogue

'Poetik der Gewalt' (A Poetics of Violence)
Savransky, Martin. 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. 2013. '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.