Reading Matters Conference – Princeton University

November 29 – December 1, 2018


Reading Matters calls on an interdisciplinary group of distinguished scholars to respond to contemporary political problems in their many social, textual, material, and embodied manifestations by considering reading as a collaborative, engaged and generative practice. In reflecting on why and how reading matters, participants will consider the influence of new media and the digital humanities on reading, and the viable encounters between the humanities, the creative and applied arts, and the natural sciences.

Date + Location

Thursday, November 29 – Saturday, December 1, 2018. For the complete schedule visit


  • Karen Barad • UC Santa Cruz
  • Jane Bennett • Johns Hopkins University
  • Eduardo Cadava • Princeton University
  • Angela Creager • Princeton University
  • Raviv Ganchrow • Institute of Sonology, University of the Arts, The Hague
  • Jack Halberstam • Columbia University
  • Donna Haraway • UC Santa Cruz
  • Stefan Helmreich • MIT
  • Sanford Kwinter • Pratt Institute + University of Applied Arts, Vienna
  • Katrin Pahl • Johns Hopkins University
  • Gayle Salamon • Princeton University
  • Deberati Sanyal • UC Berkeley
  • Patricia J. Williams • Columbia Law School

Film Screening

The documentary film Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival will be screened as part of the conference, followed by a skype discussion between Donna Haraway and Angela Creager.

A reception will follow.


This event is free and open to the public. As space is limited, however, we recommend registering at to secure your spot. Please email for questions/comments.

The Reading Matters Conference is a collaboration between the Department of Comparative Literature + the School of Architecture at Princeton University.



Zulaikha Ayub, Daniela Gandorfer, Mari Jarris