Between the Blabbering Noise of Individuals or the Silent Dialogue of Many: a Collective Response to ‵Postdigital Science and Education′ (Jandrić et al. 2018)

Sonja Arndt*, Gordon Asher, Jeremy Knox, Derek R. Ford, Sarah Hayes, George Lăzăroiu, Liz Jackson, Julia Mañero Contreras, Rachel Buchanan, Laura D’Olimpio, Mark Smith, Juha Suoranta, Olli Pyyhtinen, Thomas Ryberg, Jacob Davidsen, Anne Steketee, Ramona Mihăilă, Georgina Stewart, Mark Dawson, Christine SinclairMichael A. Peters

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This article is a multi-authored response to an editorial ‵Postdigital Science and Education′ published in 2018 by Petar Jandrić, Jeremy Knox, Tina Besley, Thomas Ryberg, Juha Suoranta and Sarah Hayes in Educational Philosophy and Theory as a mission statement for the journal Postdigital Science and Education. Nineteen authors were invited to produce their sections, followed by two author-reviewers who examined the article as a whole. Authors’ responses signal the sense of urgency for developing the concept of the postdigital and caution about attempts at simplifying complex relationships between human beings and technology. Whilst the digital indeed seems to become invisible, we simultaneously need to beware of its apparent absence and to avoid over-emphasizing its effects. In this attempt, authors offer a wide range of signposts for future research such as ‘the critical postdigital’ and ‘postdigital reflexivity’; they also warn about the group’s own shortcomings such as the lack of ‘real’ sense of collectivity. They emphasize that postdigital education must remain a common good, discuss its various negative aspects such as smartphone addiction and nomophobia, and exhibit some positive examples of postdigital educational praxis. They discuss various aspects of postdigital identities and point towards the need for a postdigital identity theory. With these varied and nuanced responses, the article opens a wide spectrum of opportunity for the development of postdigital approaches to science and education for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-474
Number of pages29
JournalPostdigital Science and Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Collective
  • Dialogue
  • Education
  • Identity
  • Postdigital
  • Science


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