Posted by: Johan Normark | October 6, 2009

Heretical materialism

As any reader of this blog may see, I have a strong tendency towards materialist approaches. Archaeology should be about materials in the first case. Although there are some interesting archaeological approaches to “materiality”, these are usually influenced by ideas developed in other fields. Most archaeologists therefore learn about, for example Latour, from an archaeological filter, such as the symmetrical archaeologists (Olsen, Shanks, Webmoor, Witmore). I prefer to read the sources themselves (but then you get accused for name dropping). I also got comments by one peer-reviewer that I did not cite enough theoretical archaeologists but rather cited the original source… Hence, I find most (but not all) inspiration in non-archaeological literature. Novel ideas usually come from philosophy, a few years later they enter  anhtropology and a decade or so later they find their way into archaeology. I just simply cannot wait that long. For other archaeologists who cannot wait that long, there are some blogs with a philosophical/sociological and materialist approach where heretic thinkers like Deleuze, Whitehead, Spinoza, Nietzsche, etc. are recurrent sources. Some of them are:

Immanence: thinking the form, flesh and flow of the world – about ecoculture, geophilosophy and media politics.

Fractal ontology: Refracting theory – politics, cybernetics and philosophy.

Larval subjects

Speculative heresy

The Pinocchio theory

99, our 69: (in Swedish)

Intensifier: (in Swedish)

Here is a forthcoming book that is a must: The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. It includes people like DeLanda, Protevi, Badiou, Hallward, Latour, Stengers, Zizek, etc.



  1. “I just simply cannot wait that long.” – that´s the spirit!

    Thanks for the plug! Btw – will definitely check out Harman’s new edited volume…

  2. Yes, it will be an interesting book I hope. Also look forward to DeLanda’s new book. Do you have any idea when it will be published?


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