Martin Savransky

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer and Director of the Unit of Play
Department Sociology
Email m.savransky (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7563
Martin Savransky

Martin Savransky joined the department in 2015. He is Director of the Unit of Play. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Martin worked 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 pluralistic philosophy of difference that experiments with the possibles created by a multiplicity of divergent practices of thinking, knowing, and living with others in and out of Europe: how they might enable us to envisage modes of inhabiting worlds otherwise, and of making worlds more inhabitable.

He has a keen interest in early American Pragmatism, radical pluralism, ecological humanities and more-than-human worlds, speculative and empirical philosophy, postcolonial thought, religious and non-secular practices, the art of life, and the history and philosophy of the human sciences.

He is the author of two monographs: The Adventure of Relevance (Palgrave Macmillan, with a foreword by Isabelle Stengers) and Around the Day in Eighty Worlds: Politics of the Pluriverse (forthcoming). He has co-edited Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge), and guest-edited Isabelle Stengers and the Dramatization of Philosophy (SubStance, 2018) and Problematizing the Problematic (Theory, Culture & Society, forthcoming).

Martin is a Founding Member of the Association for Process Thought.

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 ‘Thinking with Others: Philosophy and Cultural Difference’, a second-year option titled ‘Rationality and Its Discontents: Culture, Politics & Philosophy’, and he lectures in the first-year Philosophy, Politics and Economics course ‘Introduction to Philosophy: The Problem of Ethics.’

Areas of supervision

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

Martin welcomes doctoral proposals by prospective students interested in any of his areas of research and teaching.

Research Interests

Martin’s work develops a pluralistic philosophy of difference that experiments with the possibles created by a multiplicity of divergent practices of thinking, knowing, and living with others in and out of Europe: how they might enable us to envisage modes of inhabiting worlds otherwise, and of making worlds more inhabitable. He has a keen interest in early American Pragmatism, radical pluralism, ecological humanities and more-than-human worlds, speculative and empirical philosophy, postcolonial thought, religious and non-secular practices, the art of life, and the history and philosophy of the human sciences.

Publications

Book

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

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

Edited Journal

Savransky, Martin, ed. 2018. Isabelle Stengers and The Dramatization of Philosophy, SubStance, 47(1). 0049-2426

Book Section

Savransky, Martin. 2020. Pragmatics of a World To-Be-Made. In: Erich Hörl and Oliver Leistert, eds. Thinking the Problematic: Genealogies, Tracings, and Currents of a Persistent Force. Bielefeld, Germany: transcript Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8376-4640-5

Savransky, Martin. 2019. What's The Relevance of Isabelle Stengers' Philosophy to ANT? In: Anders Blok; Ignacio Farias and Celia Roberts, eds. Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory. Routledge. ISBN 9781138084728

Savransky, Martin. 2018. The Social and Its Problems: On Problematic Sociology. In: Noortje Marres; Michael Guggenheim and Alex Wilkie, eds. Inventing the Social. London: Mattering Press. ISBN 9780995527751

Greco, Monica and Savransky, Martin. 2018. Foucault's Subjectivities. In: Lisa Downing, ed. After Foucault: Culture, Theory, and Criticism in the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316506042

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

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

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

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

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

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

Savransky, Martin. 2016. 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: Routledge, pp. 237-250. ISBN 9781472426178

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

Savransky, Martin. 2019. The Pluralistic Problematic: William James and the Pragmatics of the Pluriverse. Theory, Culture and Society, ISSN 0263-2764

Savransky, Martin. 2019. Pensar el Pluriverso: Elementos para una Filosofía Empírica. Diferencias: Revista de Teoría Social Contemporánea, 5(8), pp. 62-71. ISSN 2469-1100

Savransky, Martin. 2019. When Bodies Think: Panpsychism, Pluralism, Biopolitics. Medical Humanities, 45, pp. 116-123. ISSN 1468-215X

Savransky, Martin. 2019. The Bat Revolt in Values: A Parable for Living in Academic Ruins. Social Text, 37(2), pp. 135-146. ISSN 0164-2472

Rosengarten, Marsha and Savransky, Martin. 2019. A Careful Biomedicine? Generalization and Abstraction in RCTs. Critical Public Health, 29(2), pp. 181-191. ISSN 0958-1596

Savransky, Martin. 2018. How It Feels To Think: Experiencing Intellectual Invention. Qualitative Inquiry, 24(9), pp. 609-616. ISSN 1077-8004

Savransky, Martin and Stengers, Isabelle. 2018. Relearning The Art of Paying Attention: A Conversation. SubStance, 47(1), pp. 130-145. ISSN 0049-2426

Savransky, Martin. 2018. Isabelle Stengers and The Dramatization of Philosophy. SubStance, 47(1), pp. 3-16. ISSN 0049-2426

Savransky, Martin. 2018. The Humor of The Problematic: Thinking with Stengers. SubStance, 47(1), pp. 29-46. ISSN 0049-2426

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project

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.

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

Thesis

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

Other

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

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

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