As an interdisciplinary, queer-feminist and compostistic research collective – the Rheinische Sektion der Kompostistischen Internationale – we are interested in theories and practices of Queerfeminism, Media Studies, Culture Studies, Philosophy and Social Sciences. Founded around April 2018 after organizing a graduate workshop about „Queerfeminist Compostings of the Anthropocene“, the collective since dedicated its research to the work of Astrid Schrader (FSTS), Henriette Gunkel (Black Studies) and Martha Kenney (feminist storytelling). Our research will be condensed into the publication of our anthology „Queerfeministische Kompostierungen des Anthropozän“ which is due in 2022.
Our work is focused on exploring the neomaterialistic and queerfeminist concept of composting as a subversive mode of resistance in troubling times. “Troubling Matters” (Barad 2018, 206), “matters of care” (cf. de la Bellacasa 2017) — matterings of matter are always already a matter of an – as Karen Barad puts it — „ethico-onto-epistemology – the intertwining of ethics, knowing and being“. (Barad 2007, 185). Our research dives deep into the ethico-onto-epistemological entanglements of mattering by exploring Donna Haraways (2016) practice of compost (“we are compost, not post-human”! (55)) as a new way of being in/of a more-than-human world – an ever arising and perishing world, a world of the many, of many worlds, a pluriverse (cf. Escobar 2018), neither pre-emptively set nor definitely determined. Compost turns anthropocentric foundations over and over again that for far too long have determined what matters and what is excluded from mattering – or even if matter matters at all.
Scopes of our research since formed around the keywords of responsability, spacetimematterings, (more than human) ethics and ecologies as well as caring.