PH Praxis

Challenging Stories of Pedagogy and Place

Recalibrate. Resist. Rewrite.

“Imagine a cacophony of ideas swirling as we think about our topics with all we can muster—with words from theorists, participants, conference audiences, friends and lovers, ghosts who haunt our studies, characters in fiction and film and dreams—and with our bodies and all the other bodies and the earth and all the things and objects in our lives—the entire assemblage that is a life thinking and, and, and….All those data are set to work in our thinking, and we think, and we work our way somewhere in thinking […] I believe inquiry should be provocative, risky, stunning, astounding. It should take our breath away with its daring. It should challenge our foundational assumptions and transform the world. We must, even so, be vigilant in analyzing the consequences of human invention and the structures it endlessly creates. Humanism’s projects created spectacular failures that the ‘turns’ identified half a century ago. Why not try something different?”

—Elizabeth Adams St. Pierre

A work in progress, PH Praxis is the digital home for the cacophony we planned to kick off at CCCC 2020. Unfortunately, the conference has been canceled.

This doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t still come together to imagine something different. Join us here on our website as we grapple with posthumanism/posthumanist theory and how we might use it to challenge stories of pedagogy and place and open up new possibilities for our classrooms.

Start by checking out the Workshops page for a digital version of what we’d planned to to do in our CCCC Engaged Learning Experience:

Posthumanist Praxis: Challenging Stories of Pedagogy and Place

There, you’ll see how we’ve worked to challenge our own personal stories of pedagogy and place and you’ll have an opportunity to think through and share your own. We’ll also offer information about posthumanism/posthumanist pedagogy and introduce you to the resources on this site like the ongoing curated bibliography and posts about principles and activities/strategies that might help you tap into the posthumanist possibilities for any classroom. We hope you’ll join us, use the resources being compiled, and even consider contributing to this site as the conversation grows.

The Workshop page will go live on March 26th.

–Dr. Miriam Rowntree (UT Tyler) and Dr. Sarah Shelton (UT Arlington)

Follow along on Twitter: @phpraxis