Two new books

Boxes: A Field Guide

Mattering Press is proud to announce the publication of a major new text, Boxes: A Field Guide, edited by Susanne Bauer, Martina Schlünder, and Maria Rentetzi. This book invites readers into a new field: box studies. It explores the ‘wildlife’ of box practices, in the process aiming to challenge our senses and orderings of the world.

The field guide unfolds over almost 40 chapters, including many that experiment with text and image, in the process making space for experimentation with — and contestation of — academic formats.

A key contribution is to consider how world-making comes about through box practices, developing a generative critique of universalized epistemologies and showing how box practices are replete with ontological politics.

The book is available to download for free, or to purchase as a full colour hard copy — for a limited time, and via our website only — at a discounted price of £22. This is a big book, running at over 600 pages, so be prepared for a delivery in a bigger than usual box!


Sensing In/Security (pre-print)

We are excited to announce our forthcoming book Sensing In/security: Sensors as transnational security infrastructures. Edited by Nina Klimburg-Witjes, Nikolaus Pöchhacker and Geoffrey C. Bowker, with a preface by Lucy Suchman, this unique collection of essays explores the intersection of Critical Security Studies and Science and Technology Studies.

Sensing In/security investigates how sensors and sensing practices enact regimes of security and insecurity. This topic could not be more relevant in a time of a massive pandemic, ecological crises and ruthless policing practices. Coinciding with this year’s EASST/4S meeting, Mattering Press is publishing a pre-print edition, consisting of the preface, the introduction and two empirical chapters. The pre-print edition is available for download for free on our website.