Undoing and Doing-With: Practices of Diffractive Reading and Writing in Higher Education (Viewpoint)

  • Sarah HeplerEmail author
  • Susan Cannon
  • Courtney Hartnett
  • Teri Peitso-Holbrook


In this chapter, we consider the posthuman doing and undoing of academic reading groups. In the Summer and Fall of 2017, three PhD students from the diverse fields of new media literacies, mathematics education, and learning technologies joined with a professor of literacy and language arts to undertake an experiment in bookish becoming. Our wanderings took place in the context of a large urban public university in the southeastern United States and in the context of our disciplines. We took up Donna Haraway’s (2016: 449) SF, ‘science fiction, speculative feminism, science fantasy, speculative fabulation, science fact, and also, string figures’, as an organizing concept that we thought and worked with throughout this project. Posthuman theories are considered and put into play in the ecosystems in which we work.


Academic reading groups Diffractive reading Diffractive writing Entanglement Ontology of immanence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Hepler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Susan Cannon
    • 2
  • Courtney Hartnett
    • 3
  • Teri Peitso-Holbrook
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Excellence in Teaching and LearningGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Middle and Secondary EducationGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Early Childhood and Elementary EducationGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Literacy and Language ArtsGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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