Working as a transdisciplinary scholar can be tricky: one can take neither authors nor audiences nor citation pools for granted. Neither is any proper question answered by saying you should have read what I have read. In that spirit I share what I am actively learning myself. I assume here that we have differential and on-going knowledges, that these take up their own range of details, and that we hope to companion well. Not assuming we all already know each other, I often characterize personal names briefly. Audiences of all kinds today are in the middle of actively diverging in practices as well as unpredictable in their circulations. Indeed, “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. 

• Being inside and moved around literally by the very material and conceptual structures you are analyzing and writing about is a kind of self-consciousness only partially available for explicit, or direct discussion
• Under global academic restructuring we are obliged to network among all these lively agencies, as we look to see things as they exist for others, in different degrees of resolution, of grain of detail.

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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: 

Katie makes her drawings using the app Paper:

some image credits: 

•Bateson photo, with permission, by Barry Schwartz: 

•Khipu: a screen shot of a Google search 
•Queen: google image search screen shot Live Aid
•Segmenting egg: P.M Motta & S. Makabe: Science Photo Library:
•US Senate:

•cloud inside restructuring:
•collective self:
•MIT System course:

•Donna Haraway's sympoiesis slide: "Endosymbiosis: Homage to Lynn Margulis" by Shoshana Dubiner, 2012. A 4 x 6 ft digital print with special long-lasting inks was installed on the shared hallway between the biology and geosciences departments at U. Mass Amherst. Original gouache painting, 23 x 25 inches. And lichen photo:

•Dopamine slide: Willem, A. 2012. Dopamine, 17 X 22, mixed media. 

•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”.”