Response article: Concepts and in/express-ability in posthuman scholarship: A shared response-ability

  • P. Du Preez Stellenbosch University
Keywords: posthuman scholarship, in/express-abiity, response-ability


This response article is an attempt to theorise together and become ethically in touch with posthumanism and the posthuman text/s and author/s in the article, “A posthumanist re-reading of teacher agency in times of curriculum reform” written by Wedsha Appadoo-Ramsamy. The ability to respond (response-ability) through theorising entails a radical openness to think otherwise, and for thinking thinking otherwise. Such thinking matters and thinking along the concepts we use and the limits of expressibility when thinking otherwise, matters a great deal. The becoming of Wedsha Appadoo-Ramsamy’s article revealed some insights into the ticklish nature of (posthuman, philosophical) concepts and the difficulty and limitations of expression in frontier debates. This article will, firstly, respond to the production and workings of posthuman concepts, and secondly, comment on the limits of expressibility when writing about frontier debates such as those concerning posthumanism and related feminist materialism/s.


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Author Biography

P. Du Preez, Stellenbosch University

Department of Curriculum Studies


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How to Cite
Du Preez, P. 2023. “Response Article: Concepts and in/Express-Ability in Posthuman Scholarship: A Shared Response-Ability”. South African Journal of Higher Education 37 (5), 112-20.