“Entangled Stories of Life: Narrative Agencies and ‘Ethics of Worlding’ in the Quantum Realm”

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Oppermann, Serpil. “Entangled Stories of Life: Narrative Agencies and ‘Ethics of Worlding’ in the Quantum Realm.” Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities 3, no. 1 (2022): 1–15. doi:10.46863/ecocene.61.

The foundational principle of quantum physics is the notion of entanglement, which can best be described  as  the  ontological  inseparability  of  subatomic  particles  in  such  a  way  that  the measurement of one particle’s quantum state determines the possible quantum states of all other particles. Supported by hard data in quantum physics, this nonlocal connectedness comprises the internal relatedness of all existence at all levels of reality, which is also an expressive (or, narrative) interconnectedness material ecocriticism labels as narrative agencies of storied matter. Matter’s expressive  capacity  is  best  observable  in  the  subatomic  particles  that  have  a  certain  degree  of creative  expression  when  they  communicate  nonlocally.  I  argue  that  being  part  of  this  reality means being part of the entangled stories of life, which compels us to act responsibly and develop a  new  ethical attention toward  our  interconnections  in the  indivisible field  of  existence. Ethical responsibility here is accountable “becomingwith each other” (Haraway 2008),  which  Karen Barad calls “ethics of worlding” (2007) necessary  to  sustain  our  storied  existence  (from  the subatomic particles all the way up). (Abstract)

2022 Serpil Oppermann. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.