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Cyborg ontologies and the lecturer's voice : A posthuman reading of the 'face-to-face'

Gourlay, L; (2012) Cyborg ontologies and the lecturer's voice : A posthuman reading of the 'face-to-face'. Learning, Media and Technology , 37 (2) 10.1080/17439884.2012.671773. Green open access

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Abstract

The lecture is often posited as the prototypical ‘face-to-face’ educational encounter, seen as embodying key features of the pre-networked academy. These are implicitly characterised as forms of boundedness or impermeability, in terms of both the physical and temporal context, and the ontological status of the participants and the nature of the event in terms of rhetorical structure. However, the increased ubiquity of digital technologies such as virtual learning environments and networked mobile devices has altered the nature of the lecture in profound ways. Drawing on posthuman theory, this paper will argue that both overt and covert uses of digital media in ‘face-to-face’ educational encounters such as lectures have served to undermine several taken-for-granted binaries, such as: material/virtual, digital/analogue, then/now and here/not here. It will conclude that this breakdown of dualisms – in terms of social and representational practices – repositions lecturers and students as hybridised ‘cyborg’ subjects.

Type: Article
Title: Cyborg ontologies and the lecturer's voice : A posthuman reading of the 'face-to-face'
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2012.671773
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2012.671773
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Learning, Media and Technology on 2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17439884.2012.671773
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475572
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