Working as a transdisciplinary scholar can be tricky: one can take neither authors nor audiences nor citation pools for granted. No proper question is answered by saying you should have read what I have read. Audiences of all kinds today are in the middle of actively diverging in practices as well as unpredictable in their circulations. And, at the same time, “author-ness” and its responsibilities to authorship and authority are dispersed, distributed, mixing up many collectives, playing among boundary objects whether they know it or not.

  • Anzaldúa, G. 2002. “(Un)natural bridges.” In eds. Anzaldúa, G. & Keating, A. this bridge we call home, pp. 1-5. Routledge.
  • Barad, K. 2007. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Duke.
  • Barad, K. 2012. "On Touching -- the Inhuman That Therefore I Am." differences 23/3:206-23.
  • Barad, K. 2012. "Quantum Entanglements and Hauntological Relations of Inheritance: Dis/Continuities, Spacetime Enfoldings, and Justice-to-Come." Derrida Today 3/2:240–68.
  • Barad, K. 2012. What Is the Measure of Nothingness? Infinity, Virtuality, Justice. (Book 33). Hatje Cantz.
  • Barad, K. and A. Kleinmann. 2012. "Interview of Karen Barad by Adam Kleinmann." Special dOCUMENTA Issue of Mousse Magazine 34/13 (Summer):76-81.
  • Bateson, G. 1972. Steps to an Ecology of Mind. Chandler.
  • Behar, K. "Bigger Than You." 2012. Paper for panel “Object-Oriented Feminism 2.” SLSA Annual Conference: Non-human; Milwaukee, 30 September. Her website:
  • Bennett, J. 2010. Vibrant matter: a political ecology of things. Duke.
  • Bowker, G.C., & Star, S.L. 1999. Sorting things out: classification and its consequences. MIT.
  • Chen, M. Y. 2012. Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. Duke.
  • Clarke, A. 2010. “In Memoriam: Susan Leigh Star.” Science, Technology, & Human Values, 35(5):581-600.
  • Clarke, B, and M. B. N. Hansen. 2009. Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory. Duke.
  • Davis, K. 2007. The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Duke.
  • Davis, K. 2008. “Intersectionality as buzzword.” Feminist Theory, 9(1):67-85.
  • Dempster, B. 2000. "Sympoietic and Autopoietic Systems: A New Distinction for Self-Organizing Systems." Paper presented at the International Society for Systems Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, July: Living Systems Analysis Special Integration Group.
  • Despret, V. 2004. "The Body We Care for: Figures of Anthropo-zoo-genesis." Body & Society, 10(2-3):111-134.
  • Doherty, T.J., and S. Clayton. 2011. "The Psychological Impacts of Global Climate Change.". Am Psychol 66/4 (May-Jun):265-76.
  • Gilbert, S. F., J. Sapp, and A. I. Tauber. 2012. "A Symbiotic View of Life: We Have Never Been Individuals." The Quarterly Review of Biology 87, no. 4 (December):325-41.
  • Haraway, D. 2011. Sf: Speculative Fabulation and String Figures. (Book 99). Hatje Cantz.
  • Haraway, D. 2013. "Cosmopolitical Critters, Sf, Multi-Species Muddles." Paper presented at the Gestes Spéculatifs / Speculative Gestures colloquium, Cerisy-la-salle, France, June.
  • Haraway, D. 2013. "Sowing Worlds: A Seedbag for Terraforming with Earth Others." In Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures with Donna Haraway. Grebowicz, M. & Merrick, H. Columbia.
  • Hayward, E. “SpiderCitySex.” 2010. Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. 20(3):225-251.
  • Hayward, E. 2010. “FingeryEyes: Impressions of Cup Corals.” Cultural Anthropology. 24(4): 577-599.
  • Hayward, E. 2011. “Ciliated Sense.” Theorizing Animals. Nik Taylor, Ed. Leiden: Brill Press.
  • Hayward, E. 2012. “Sensational Jellyfish: Aquarium Affects and the Matter of Immersion.” 2012. Differences 23/1:161-196.
  • Hayward, E. Forthcoming. “Cut Sex: A Transxenoestrogenesis.” Rhizomes.
  • Hayward, E. Forthcoming. “Transxenoestrogenesis.” Transgender Studies Quarterly. 1:1.
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  • Hogness, R. & Haraway, D. 2013. Compost Manifesto for Children of Compost. Personal communication. 6 Oct.
  • Joy, E. 2013. Speculations IV: Eileen Joy and the Joys of Reading. noir realism: exploring the edge worlds of neomaterialism 6/8. See also: 
  • Kier, B. 2010. "Interdependent Ecological Transsex: Notes on Re/Production, “Transgender Fish,” and the Management of Populations, Species, and Resources." Women and Performance 20/3:299-319.
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  • King, K. 2011. Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell. Duke.
  • King, K. 2012. Among transcontextual feminisms we grow boundary objects. Paper for “An Ecology of Ideas,” a joint conference of the American Society for Cybernetics and the Bateson Idea Group, Asilomar, California, 11 July.  
  • Kirby, V. 2011. Quantum Anthropologies: Life at Large. Duke.
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  • Moran, D., Gill, N. & Conlon, D. 2013. Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention. Ashgate.
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  • Povinelli, E. A. 2011. Economies of abandonment: social belonging and endurance in late liberalism. Duke.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, M. Forthcoming. “Ecological thinking and materialist spirituality: Thinking the poetics of soil ecology with Susan Leigh Star.” In The Intellectual Legacies of Susan Leigh Star. MIT.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, M. Forthcoming. “Encountering the infrastructure of bios: Ecological struggles and the sciences of soil.” Special issue ‘On the Absence of Absences’, Social Epistemology.
  • Randles, D., S. J. Heine and N. Santos. 2013. "The Common Pain of Surrealism and Death: Acetaminophen Reduces Compensatory Affirmation Following Meaning Threats." Psychological Science 24/6:966–73.
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  • Sandoval, C. 2000. Methodology of the oppressed. Minnesota.
  • Star, S.L.  1995. “The Politics of Formal Representations.” In Ecologies of knowledge, 88-118. SUNY.
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  • Star, S.L. 1991. "On being allergic to onions." In A Sociology of Monsters, ed. Law, J. 26-57. Routledge.
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"Agential Cuttings" a sympoesis companioning Barad's careful work with agential realism. "Compost" in preference to posthuman: wording gifted by science writer Rusten Hogness to conversations among and for "children of compost." Hogness seriously jokes that the only allowable "post" for ecoactivisms should be compost! Such a composite or mixture, a bringing together, fosters sf futures, speculative feminist gatherings. This compost, with its nutrients feeding sympoetic connections concerned with an overpopulated planet, also draws upon conversations with Vinciane Despret, Donna Haraway, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and others. Such agential cuttings entangle responsibilities entailed by this preference for compost to posthuman and poly-parenting to procreating. They imagine ahead earth-wide impacts on multi-species flourishing in commitments made by new generations to share among the children of compost rather than give birth themselves. Hogness, R, & Haraway, D. 2013 6 Oct. See also rusthog website: 

Image credits

•rock&fiber image:
•patrick vincent stigmergic lawrence arts center:
swarm intelligence graphic:
•cloud inside restructuring:
•spider web:
•rutherford the moon:  ; Erica Rutherford (Scottish/Canadian, 1923-2008). Signed etching, #4 of 4 copies. Image measures 5 7/8” tall, 9” wide (14.9 x 22.9 cm).
•estrogen receptor:
•wetlands & estrogene pic:
•collective self:
•MIT System course:

•cuttings & compost: google from compost:

Katie's talksites gathered here:

Among the feminist reasons we all need to grow boundary objects and to learn the languages and knowledges of complex systems today, stigmergy among them, consider Naomi Klein’s recent article in New Statesman, 29 Oct 2013:

Klein describes: “Brad Werner…the geophysicist from the University of California, San Diego walked the crowd through the advanced computer model he was using to answer that question. He talked about system boundaries, perturbations, dissipation, attractors, bifurcations and a whole bunch
of other stuff largely incomprehensible to those of us uninitiated in complex systems theory. But the bottom line was clear enough: global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid,
convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response…. Serious scientific gatherings don’t usually feature calls for mass political resistance, much less direct action and sabotage. But then again, Werner wasn’t exactly calling for those things. He was merely observing that mass uprisings of people – along the lines of the abolition movement, the civil rights movement or Occupy Wall Street – represent the likeliest source of “friction” to slow down an economic machine that is careening out of control. We know that past social movements have “had tremendous influence on . . . how the dominant culture evolved”, he pointed out. So it stands to reason that, “if we’re thinking about the future of the earth, and the future of our coupling to the environment, we have to include resistance as part of that dynamics”. And that, Werner argued, is not a matter of opinion, but “really a geophysics problem”.”

Bruno Latour will be offering a MOOC. Go here to find out more:

Just sighted/sited on the Web:

"This report lays groundwork for a new approach to understanding the massive transformations currently underway in how people create, share, and dispute knowledge. We explore some of the major questions that need to be addressed if these changes are to reach their full potential, and the types of inquiries they will require. We seek to inspire new ways of thinking around issues that have been obscured by older approaches and assumptions – some of them in the process of being undermined and remade by the very forces described here. Our report is at the same time a manifesto and an unfinished agenda, a statement and a provocation we hope will inspire others to further investigation."

"...knowledge infrastructures include individuals, organizations, routines, shared norms, and practices.

"Key to the infrastructure perspective is their modular, multi-layered, rough-cut character. Infrastructures are not systems, in the sense of fully coherent, deliberately engineered, end-to-end processes. Rather, infrastructures are ecologies or complex adaptive systems; they consist of numerous systems, each with unique origins and goals, which are made to inter-operate by means of standards, socket layers, social practices, norms, and individual behaviors that smooth out the connections among them. This adaptive process is continuous, as individual elements change and new ones are introduced — and it is not necessarily always successful. The current situation for knowledge infrastructures is characterized by rapid change in existing systems and introduction of new ones, resulting in severe strains on those elements with the greatest inertia." (13)