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More-Than Critical Friendship: Exploring Relational Capacity Through Posthuman Self-Study

Mon, April 12, 2:50 to 4:20pm EDT (2:50 to 4:20pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices Paper and Symposium Sessions


As a long-time self-study collective, we set out to examine the ways our practices and selves
were changing as our careers shifted, through a mash-up of posthuman theory, self-study and
cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) analytic methods. As we analyzed our data, we noticed
that at certain points, something was happening that exceeded critical friendship as it is defined
in the teacher education literature. We named these as instances of “more-than” critical
friendship. In this proposed paper, we aim to articulate a set of these moments to develop an
understanding of this relational phenomena, and how it affects our understandings and practices.