Karen Barad Page


Notes on a book and some subsequent articles by K Barad, some commentaries and 'applications' of diffraction by fans.

Barad herself
Notes of a video presentation
Meeting the Universe Halfway
Diffracting Diffraction: Cutting Together–Apart.
Troubling Time/s (written 10 years after the book, another diffractive reading with an experimental novella)
On Touching
Quantum Entanglement as Derrida's hauntology
On nothingness (develops more on the quantum vacuum as in the above)
Post-human performativity (a 2003 piece outlining the basics  of the 2007 book --dense theorising)
On Foucault and Butler (an early 1998 discussion -- the material is summarised in the 2007 book chapters 4 & 5. It does not describe her method as 'diffraction')
Interview 2012 ( good on the context in working with fellow physisicists who got fed up with being criticised etc)
Another interview in Mousse (on intra-action but also queerness. Really about the piece below. Tired circular terminology)
Nature's queer performativity (Very long recap of much of the 2007 book.  More explanation of the quantum eraser experiment. More examples of queer animals and phenomena and refs to Bagemihl below . Lots of repetition and mutually-supporting definitions tending to mystifying bullshit. Lots of references to people like Kirby or  Schrader who are used to support)

 
See also commentaries and 'applications':

Murris and Bozalek (advice for the would-be diffractor)
Murris and Bozalek (diffracting Barad and Deleuze)
Murris (on two progressive approaches)
Udén has an excellent critique based on a literature review of 51 'applications' of diffraction
Three examples of diffractive readings (Cheder, Lenz Taguchi & Palmer, Mazzei)
Geerts & van der Tuin (diffractive reading of de Beauvoir and Irigaray)
Lenz Taguchi on diffractively reading research data
Hollin et al on relations with 'mainstream' STS and the ethical implications of agential cuts as they exclude alternatives
Hill comparing reflective and diffractive  teacher practitioners
Ulmer 'diffracting' Bennett and Anzaldúa to see that teacher leadership is complex
Sehgal 'diffracts' (works in) Whitehead -- why?
Lanas et al address some interesting work on how trainee teachers manage educational theory - not as resistance, they conclude but as diffraction

(Variable) notes on books and articles Barad cites and sometimes 'diffracts'
Anzaldúa on indigenous knowledge, spirituality and social marginality
Bagemihl on homosexual animals (hilarious zoological positivism mostly)
Fernandes on worker relations in jute mills in India (hegemony problematic really)
Kirby page (V that is) on culture as nature and deconstruction via Derrida --includes a very useful critical piece on contexting the new materialism, including Barad. 
Schrader page -- gripping stuff on (complex) scientific disputes ending in Barad/Derrida


Two more general discussion papers of my own:

Vol 1 -- a critical discussion on Barad on the applicability of quantum theory
Vol 2 -- a critical discussion of diffraction as a methodology in qualitative research