Troubling time/s and ecologies of nothingness: re-turning, re-membering, and facing the incalculable

@article{Barad2017TroublingTA,
  title={Troubling time/s and ecologies of nothingness: re-turning, re-membering, and facing the incalculable},
  author={Karen Barad},
  journal={new formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics},
  year={2017},
  volume={92},
  pages={56 - 86}
}
  • Karen Barad
  • Published 7 April 2018
  • Art
  • new formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics
Abstract:This paper examines the political-ontoepistemological-ethical implications of temporal dis/junction by reading insights from Quantum Field Theory and Kyoko Hayashi’s account of the destruction wrought by the Nagasaki bombing through one another. The diffraction [indeterminacy] of time at the core of quantum field theory, troubles the scalar distinction between the world of subatomic particles and that of colonialism, war, nuclear physics research, and environmental destruction; all of… 

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