Beyond cyborg subjectivities: becoming-posthumanist educational researchers

Gough, A and Gough, N 2017, 'Beyond cyborg subjectivities: becoming-posthumanist educational researchers', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol. 49, no. 11, pp. 1112-1124.

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Title Beyond cyborg subjectivities: becoming-posthumanist educational researchers
Author(s) Gough, A
Gough, N
Year 2017
Journal name Educational Philosophy and Theory
Volume number 49
Issue number 11
Start page 1112
End page 1124
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This excerpt from our collective biography emerges from a dialogue that commenced when Noel interjected the concept of 'becoming-cyborg' into our conversations about Annette's experiences of breast cancer, which initially prompted her to (re)interpret her experiences as a 'chaos narrative' of cyborgian and environmental embodiment in education contexts. The materialisation of Donna Haraway's figuration of the cyborg in Annette's changing body enabled new appreciations of its interpretive power, and functioned in some ways as a successor project to Noel's earlier deployment of cyborgs in what he now recognises as a 'posthumanising' of curriculum inquiry. Noel's subsequent experiences with throat cancer drew us towards exploring the possibilities that concepts such as Deleuze and Guattari's machinic assemblage and Karen Barad's ontoepistemology offer as a mean of thinking the meetings of bodies and technologies in educational inquiry beyond Haraway's hybrid cyborg. Through both collective biography and playfully scripted conversations with other theorists we explore what it means to perform diffractive interpretations and analyses in posthumanist educational inquiry. Our essay also contributes to contemporary conversations about the uses of collaborative biographical writing as a method of inquiry in educational research.
Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Keyword(s) collective biography
cyborg subjectivity
environmental education
posthumanist educational inquiry
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00131857.2016.1174099
Copyright notice © 2016 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
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