Entangled with quipus in the era of the Posts: what a post-Phd can do?

Year: 2017

Author: Galvez, Sarita

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

As feminist scholar Elizabeth St. Pierre (2013) argues we are in the era of the posts. My Phd deals with many 'posts' trends in philosophy of education: post-anthropocentric, post-representationalism, post-qualitative, and post-cartesian to name a few. I wonder if this is a post-Phd? and what are the possibilities that emerge, what new ways of thinking become available for us in the era of the posts.

We are living in times of rapid change, and precarious conditions. Feminist scholar Donna Haraway (2016) reminds us to stay with the trouble: Think we must, she sustains. I embark in a process of experimental thought that embraces my tradition as a Chilean thinker bringing into Anglo-Saxon academia South American scholars and artists. In this paper I experiment with the notion of knots of thought as methodology to investigate complex entangled issues in education in the era of the posts.

Knots or quipus in Quechua (the language of the people from the Andes) have been present for thousands of years in the Andes as knotted string devices to tell stories, poetry, and keep accountability. Chilean feminist sociologist Julieta Kirkwood (1984) used knots as her conceptual device to think through complex issues, and Chilean artist Cecilia Vicu