Below are readings, loosely grouped, that have informed our formulation of slow archaeology. If you have suggestions, additions, tell us what you’re reading!

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New Materialism and/or the Anthropocene

Bennett, Jane

2010  Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press.

DeLanda, Manuel

2006  A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity. London:


Haraway, Donna J.

2016  Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University


Kirksey, Eben

2015  Emergent Ecologies. Durham: Duke University Press.

Kirskey, Eben, ed.

2014  The Multispecies Salon. Durham: Duke University Press.

Law, John and Marianne Elisabeth Lien

2012  Slippery: Field Notes in Empirical Ontology. Social Studies of Science 43(3):363-378.

Puig de la Bellacasa, María

2017  Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds. Minneapolis:

University of Minnesota Press.

Ticktin, Miriam

2017  A World Without Innocence. American Ethnologist 44(4):577-590.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt

2015  The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins.

Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Tsing, Anna, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt, eds.

2017  Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


From Our Plenary Panelists

Barad, Karen

2003  Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter. Signs: Journal

of Women in Culture and Society 28(3):801-831.

2007  Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and

Meaning. Durham: Duke University Press.

2012  On Touching–The Inhuman that therefore I am. differences 25(3):206-223.

2014  Diffracting Diffraction: Cutting Together-Apart. parallax 20(3):168-187.

Barad, Karen, Martha Kenney and Jenny Reardon (Science and Justice Research Center (Collaborations Group))

2013  Experiments in Collaboration: Interdisciplinary Graduate Education in Science and

Justice. PLoS Biology 11(7): e1001619. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001619

Kleinmann, Adam

2012  Intra-actions. Interview of Karen Barad. Special dOCUMENTA (13) Issue of Mousse

Magazine. Milan, Italy. Accessible at

Cunningham, Jerimy J. and Scott MacEachern

2016  Ethnoarchaeology as Slow Science. World Archaeology 48(5):628-641.

Geller, Pamela

2015  Hybrid Lives, Violent Deaths: “Seminoles” in the Samuel G. Morton Cranial Collection.

In Disturbing Bodies: Perspectives on Forensic Anthropology. Zoë Crossland and

Rosemary A. Joyce, eds. Pp. 137-156. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press.

2016  This is Not a Manifesto: Archaeology and Feminism. In Meta-Philosophical Reflection

on Feminist Philosophies of Science, edited by M.C. Amoretti and N. Vassallo, pp. 151-170.

New York: Springer Press.

2017  The Bioarchaeology of Social-Sexual Lives: Queering Common Sense about Sex,

Gender, and Sexuality. New York: Springer Press.

Rizvi, Uzma

2017  Decolonization as Care. In Slow Reader: A Resource for Design Thinking and Practice. Pp. 85-95. Carolyn Strauss and Ana Paula Pais, eds. Amsterdam: Valiz.

2018  Critical Heritage and Participatory Discourse in the UAE. Design and Culture. (accessible at


Other Slow Readings

Bessire, Lucas and David Bond

2014  Ontological anthropology and the deferral of critique. American Ethnologist 41(3):440-456

Caraher, William

2015 Slow Archaeology. North Dakota Quarterly 80(2):43-52.

2016  Slow Archaeology: Technology, Efficiency, and Archaeological Work. In Mobilizing

the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology. Erin Walcek Averett,

Jody Michael Gordon, and Derek B. Counts, eds. Pp. 421-442. Grand Forks: The Digital

Press at The University of North Dakota. Accessible at

Nelson, Robin G.

2017  Reimaging Process in 2016: Deliberations on a Year of Integrative Slow Science in

Biological Anthropology. American Anthropologist 119(2):298-307.

Stengers, Isabelle

2011  “Another science is possible!” A plea for Slow Science. Faculté de Philosophie et

Lettres, ULB. 13 December, Inauguratial lecture Chair Willy Calewaert 2011-2012 (VUB).

2018  Another Science is Possible: A Manifesto for Slow Science. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Strauss, Carolyn F. and Ana Paula Pais, eds.

2017  Slow Reader: A Resource for Design Thinking and Practice. Amsterdam: Valiz.

TallBear, Kim

2011  Why Interspecies Thinking Needs Indigenous Standpoints. Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology website.

Todd, Zoe

2016  An Indigenous Feminist’s Take On The Ontological Turn: ‘Ontology’ Is Just Another Word for Colonialism. Journal for Historical Sociology 29(1):4-22.