This book makes an important contribution to ongoing debates about the epistemological, ethical, ontological and political implications of relational ethics in higher education. By furthering theoretical developments on the ethics of care and critical posthumanism, it speaks to contemporary concerns for more socially just possibilities and enriched understandings of higher education pedagogies.

The book considers how the political ethics of care and posthuman/new feminist materialist ethics can be diffracted through each other and how this can have value for thinking about higher education pedagogies. It includes ideas on ethics which push those boundaries that have previously served educational researchers and proposes new ways of conceptualising relational ethics. Chapters consider the entangled connections of the linguistic, social, material, ethical, political and biological in relation to higher education pedagogies.

This topical and transdisciplinary book will be of great interest for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of posthuman and care ethics, social justice in education, higher education, and educational theory and policy.

chapter |12 pages


ByVivienne Bozalek, Michalinos Zembylas, Joan C. Tronto

chapter 1|14 pages

Care as a methodology

Reading Natalie Jeremijenko and Vinciane Despret diffractively
ByMonika Rogowska-Stangret

chapter 2|11 pages

Towards a “response-able” pedagogy across higher education institutions in post-apartheid South Africa

An ethico-political analysis
ByVivienne Bozalek, Michalinos Zembylas

chapter 3|13 pages

Learning and teaching in every moment

A posthuman critical pedagogy of care
ByMaurice Hamington

chapter 4|14 pages

Relation(al) matters

Vulnerable pedagogies, care and carriance as (c)air-ful(l)ness in higher education
ByKathrin Thiele, Magdalena Górska, Pınar Türer

chapter 5|14 pages

Aesthetic wit(h)nessing and the political ethics of care

Generating solidarity and trust in pedagogical encounters
ByNike Romano

chapter 6|12 pages

An ethics of immanence

Posthumanism and the politics of care
ByDelphi Carstens

chapter 7|16 pages

Slowing down with non-human matter

The contribution of feminist new materialism to slow scholarship
ByÉmilie Dionne

chapter 9|14 pages

Response-able digital storytelling to reimagine higher education classroom practices

ByDaniela Gachago, Kristian Stewart

chapter 10|16 pages

The ethics and politics of care

Relationality, responsibility and hope in post-secondary art education
ByAndrea Vela Alarcón, Stephanie Springgay

chapter |8 pages


Response-ability and responsibility: using feminist new materialisms and care ethics to cope with impatience in higher education
ByJoan C. Tronto