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How Matter MattersObjects, Artifacts, and Materiality in Organization Studies$
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Paul R. Carlile, Davide Nicolini, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671533.001.0001

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Ma(r)king Time: Material Entanglements and Re-memberings: Cutting Together-Apart 1

Ma(r)king Time: Material Entanglements and Re-memberings: Cutting Together-Apart 1

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How Matter Matters

Karen Barad

Oxford University Press

This keynote address engages in some imaginative play about one of matter’s most intimate doings—the materialization of time. Matter doesn’t move in time. Matter doesn’t evolve in time. Matter does time. Matter materializes and enfolds different temporalities. This talk experiments with the disruption of temporal continuity and entanglements of different temporalities. The conference attendees were invited to participate in a performance of spacetime (re)configurings more akin to how electrons experience the world than any journey narrated though rhetorical forms that presume actors move along trajectories across a stage of spacetime (often called history). The electron was invoked as our host (an interesting body to inhabit), not in order to suggest flat-footed analogies between “macro” and “micro” worlds, concepts that already presume a given spatial scale, but rather as a way of thinking with and through dis/continuity—a dis/orienting experience of the dis/jointedness of time and space, entanglements of here and there, now and then, that is, a ghostly sense of dis/continuity, a quantum dis/continuity. Each scene presented diffracts various temporalities within and across the field of spacetimemattering. Scenes never rest, but are reconfigured within, dispersed across, and threaded through one another. This dis/jointed movement is intended to produce a felt sense of différance, of intra-activity, of agential separabilitydifferentiatings that cut together/apart—that is the hauntological nature of quantum entanglements.

Keywords:   temporality, materiality, entanglement, justice, cutting together-apart

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