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Posthumanism and Higher Education

Reimagining Pedagogy, Practice and Research

  • Carol A. Taylor
  • Annouchka Bayley
  • Analyse how higher education can be rethought and move towards posthumanism

  • Reconceptualizes the academy and offers new way for academics and researchers to do higher education differently

  • Encourages imagination and creative thinking in re-thinking higher education


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Entangled Pedagogic Provocations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Bente Ulla, Ninni Sandvik, Ann Sofi Larsen, Mette Røe Nyhus, Nina Johannesen
      Pages 31-53
    3. Kathryn J. Strom, John Lupinacci
      Pages 103-121
    4. Sarah Hepler, Susan Cannon, Courtney Hartnett, Teri Peitso-Holbrook
      Pages 141-151
  3. Inventive Practice Intra-Ventions

  4. Experimental Research Engagements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-280

About this book


This book explores ways in which posthumanist and new materialist thinking can be put to work in order to reimagine higher education pedagogy, practice and research. The editors and contributors illuminate how we can move the thinking and doing of higher education out of the humanist cul-de-sac of individualism, binarism and colonialism and away from anthropocentric modes of performative rationality. Based in a reconceptualization of ontology, epistemology and ethics which shifts attention away from the human towards the vitality of matter and the nonhuman, posthumanist and new materialist approaches pose a profound challenge to higher education. In engaging with the theoretical twists and turns of various posthumanisms and new materialisms, this book offers new, experimental and creative ways for academics, practitioners and researchers to do higher education differently. This ground-breaking edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of posthumanism and new materialism, as well as those looking to conceptualize higher education as other than performative practice. 


Posthumanism Posthumanist education research Pedagogy in a posthuman world Posthumanism and higher education Posthuman research New materialism

Editors and affiliations

  • Carol A. Taylor
    • 1
  • Annouchka Bayley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of BathBathUK
  2. 2.Royal College of ArtLondonUK

About the editors

Carol A. Taylor is Professor of Higher Education and Gender at the University of Bath, UK. Her research draws on feminist, new materialist and posthumanist approaches to generate experimental methodologies and transdisciplinary theories for exploring gender, space, power and participation in higher education. She co-edits the journal Gender and Education and is an Editorial Board member of Teaching in Higher Education and Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning

Annouchka Bayley is Programme Lead in Creative Education at the Royal College of Art, UK. Her research incorporates posthumanisms and new materialisms for 21st century higher education development; practice-as-research in the academy; and creating new approaches to the practice and critique of contemporary live performance.  

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