Material-Affective Assemblage Thinking in Researching Scalar Phenomena

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We present material-affective assemblage thinking as an alternate theoretical lens to sociomateriality in the study of scalar phenomena that scale multidimensionally and multitemporally. We argue that given their unbounded characteristics, such phenomena are challenging to study using sociomateriality that anchors ontological realism to intra-action contingent on observed practices, operating within bounded spaces. Inspired by Deleuze and Guattari, we propose an ontology of immanence where there are no inherent boundaries between bodies, only co-existence, and extension of assemblages through affective flows. Conceiving three conceptual devices – assemblages as virtual worlds, affects as flows, and time-space as rythmscapes – we exercise our theoretical lens on the case of the George Floyd big bang to illustrate how material-affective assemblage thinking can be used to research phenomena that flow as an ongoing process of becoming, agglomerating larger territories in co-functioning that transcend material, non-material, time, and space boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 43 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) : Digitization for the Next Generation
EditorsTilo Böhmann, Kai-Lung Hui, Viswanath Venkatesh
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date12 Dec 2022
Article number1800
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2022
EventThe 43rd International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2022: Digitization for the Next Generation - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 9 Dec 202214 Dec 2022
Conference number: 43


ConferenceThe 43rd International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2022
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems


  • Affects
  • Assemblage
  • Flows
  • Scale
  • Sociomateriality
  • Deleuze and Guattari

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