Earth, Milky Way: punctum books, 2016. 200 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-9982375-3-4. DOI: 10.21983/P3.0152.1.00. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $21.00 in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.

After the “Speculative Turn” is so far the first systematic attempt to disrupt Speculative Realism’s (SR) predominantly gender-free modus operandi. This book will be vital for scholars and readers from speculative/new realisms through new materialisms, posthumanism/posthumanist feminisms, object-oriented philosophy and ontology (hereafter OOP/OOO), down to the speculative turn’s related contemporary gestures (non-human/affect/ontological turns). … This volume is not merely a cultural revisionist critique, but an infrastructural expansion of SR in the wake of its intrinsic contradictions, produced by its self-aware indifference to “cultural specificity.”

~ Stanimir Panayotov

After the "Speculative Turn": Realism, Philosophy, and Feminism

Recent forms of realism in continental philosophy that are habitually subsumed under the category of “speculative realism,” a denomination referring to rather heterogeneous strands of philosophy, bringing together object-oriented ontology (OOO), non-standard philosophy (or non-philosophy), the speculative realist ideas of Quentin Meillassoux and Marxism, have provided grounds for the much needed critique of culturalism in gender theory, and the authority with which post-structuralism has dominated feminist theory for decades. This publication aims to bring forth some of the feminist debates prompted by the so-called “speculative turn,” while demonstrating that there has never been a niche of “speculative realist feminism.”

Whereas most of the contributions featured in this collection provide a theoretical approach invoking the necessity of foregrounding new forms of realism for a “feminism beyond gender as culture,” some of the essays tackle OOO only to invite a feminist critical challenge to its paradigm, while others refer to some extent to non-philosophy or the new materialisms but are not reducible to either of the two. We have invited essays from intellectual milieus outside the Anglo-Saxon academic center, bringing together authors from Serbia, Slovenia, France, Ireland, the UK, and Canada, aiming to promote feminist internationalism (rather than a “generous act of cultural inclusion”).


  1. Katerina Kolozova – Preface: After the “Speculative Turn”
  2. Nina Power – Philosophy, Sexism, Emotion, Rationalism
  3. Katherine Behar – The Other Woman
  4. Anne-Françoise Schmid – Libérer épistémologiquement le féminisme
  5. Patricia Ticineto Clough – Notes for “And They Were Dancing”
  6. Joan Copjec – No: Foucault
  7. Jelisaveta Blagojević – Thinking WithOut
  8. Marina Gržinić – Rearticulating the Speculative Turn
  9. Frenchy Lunning – The Crush: The Firey Allure of the Jolted Puppet
  10. Nandita Biswas Mellamphy – (W)omen out/of Time: Metis, Medea, Mahakali
  11. Michael O’Rourke – “Girls Welcome!!!”: Speculative Realism, Object-Oriented Ontology, and Queer Theory

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