Signs of Life: Affect, Language and (Extra)Humanness


  • Adrian Downey Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Gonen Sagy Independent Scholar



affect theory, necropolitics, poetic inquiry, posthumanism


Fragmented and aiming toward provocation rather than elucidation, this article shares excerpts from the ongoing conversation between two scholars in education. The authors frame their conversation as response to the tensions raised by Monica Prendergast between the discourses of the ontological turn and the humanistically rooted field of poetic inquiry. Through engagement with posthumanisms, the affective turn, Indigenous refusal and Achille Mbembe’s writing on necropolitics, the authors suggest possible avenues of change for poetic inquiry given the tumultuous nature of the current moment. They conclude with the suggestion that resistance through language may be a necessary component of staying human amid the chaos of these times.

Author Biographies

Adrian Downey, Mount Saint Vincent University

Adrian Downey is an assistant professor at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Gonen Sagy, Independent Scholar

Gonen Sagy is a thinker, poet and scholar, currently living and working in Canada.


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How to Cite

Downey, A., & Sagy, G. (2022). Signs of Life: Affect, Language and (Extra)Humanness . Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 19(2), 29–49.