Annual New Materialisms Conferences have been organised since 2009 by an international group of scholars who received the EU’s H2020 funding from 2014–18. The conferences are meant to develop, discuss and communicate new materialisms’ conceptual and methodological innovations, and to stimulate discussion among new materialist scholars and students about themes and phenomena that are dear to the hosting local research community as well as interdisciplinary new materialist scholarship. After having visited many cities across Europe, as well as Melbourne (Australia), the conference will come to Cape Town (South Africa) in 2019 in order to discuss the dynamic higher education landscape that we find ourselves in today.Read more about Call for papers: 2019 New Materialist Reconfiguring Higher Education conference
This issue includes 5 original research articles and 3 book reviews. The topics dealt with in the articles include developing new academic lecturers through a targeted staff development programme in higher education, establishing a faculty-based writing centre at a South African university, engaging in post-qualitative research in rethinking and redesigning a design education curriculum development, engaging young black students from rural communities in negotiating their own knowledge-making practices as they move through university, and the place of indigenous knowledge alongside Western science.