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Figure 1. Margaret Inga Wiatrowski, Initiate the Collapse (2008)

by EILEEN JOY

I’m delighted to share with readers of Pictures. Places. Things. the launch of a new journal in object oriented studies, co-edited by myself and Levi Bryant (of Larval Subjects and the author of the first book published by Open Humanities Press, The Democracy of Objects) and featuring scholars such as Jane Bennett, Ian Bogost, Bill Brown, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Elizabeth Grosz, Katherine Hayles, Timothy Morton, Cary Wolfe, and others as advisory editors. O-Zone: A Journal of Object Oriented Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access, and post-disciplinary journal devoted to object-oriented studies, both situated within and traversing the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and the arts. The journal aims to cultivate current streams of thought already established within object-oriented studies, while also providing space for new pathways along which disparate voices and bodies of object-oriented knowledges might encounter, influence, perturb, and motivate one another.

Located within a post-Kantian philosophical outlook, where everything in the world, from the smallest quarks to lynxes to humans to wheat fields to machines and beyond exist on an equal ontological footing, O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies invites new work that explores the weird realism, thingliness, and life-worlds of objects. Possible methodological approaches and critical modes might include: actor-networks, unit operations, alien phenomenology, agentic drift, onticology, guerrilla metaphysics, carnal phenomenology, ontography, agential realism, cosmopolitics, panpsychism, insect media, posthumanism, flat ontology, dark vitalism, prosthetics, territorial assemblage, vibrant materialism, dorsality, distributed intelligence, dark ecology, hyperobjects, realist magic, post-continuity, and other paradigms for object-oriented thought still coming into being and yet to be articulated.

The journal will appear annually and be available online, free of charge, and also in affordable print-on-demand and e-reader editions, published in partnership with punctum books. The description and call for submissions for our first issue, “Object/Ecology,” can be found HERE. We encourage submissions from all possible avenues: established scholars as well as graduate students and early career researchers, independent scholars, and artists. In order to follow all developments and future issues of the journal, you can keep track of us on Facebook or Twitter. Cheers!

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