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Karin Murris & Walter Kohan (2021) Troubling troubled school time: posthuman multiple temporalities, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 34:7, 581-597, DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2020.1771461

Troubling troubled school time : posthuman multiple temporalities

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Author: Kohan, Walter Omar1; Murris, Karin2
Organizations: 1State University of Rio de Janeiro
2University of Cape Town
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2020-11-30


Inspired by the philosophies of Donna Haraway and Karen Barad, the aim of this paper is to stir up trouble and to double trouble time in education. We trouble how certain views of childhood shape our experience of school time and secondly, we trouble the way in which time as experienced in school, affects how adults relate to childhood. A particular relationship to and experience of time is nowadays prominently fostered and cultivated in educational institutions. We propose that ‘time’ and ‘childhood’ are intrinsically entangled concepts and logically connected, in the lived experience of educational contemporary institutions, with colonialism and capitalism. Decolonisation requires a troubling of the experience of time as it involves the subordination and denigration of children and childhood (‘mysopedy’). We do this through a genealogy (a political reading of ‘the’ present) of the concepts time, childhood and school. Inspired by Karen Barad, we adopt Kyoko Hayashi’s idea of ‘travel hopping’. Travel hopping as methodology is a transindividual commitment to undo the injustices committed to those who are (also) no longer there (as well as our ‘own’ childhood ‘selves’), without any pretense that the past can be made undone. Drawing on Barad’s queer reading of Quantum Field Theory, we produce decolonising insights by diffractively tunneling through boundaries between human and nonhuman bodies in our writing, thereby unsettling the current relationship to time, the adult/child binary and adult temporality.

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Series: International journal of qualitative studies in education
ISSN: 0951-8398
ISSN-E: 1366-5898
ISSN-L: 0951-8398
Volume: 34
Issue: 7
Pages: 581 - 597
DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2020.1771461
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This writing is based on research supported by the National Research Foundation of South Africa [Grant number 98992] and the National Research Foundation of Brasil [Grant number 202447/2017-0].
Copyright information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education on 04 Aug 2020, available online: