Click Here: Unsettling Scholarly Writing Practices and Knowledge Representation


  • Gunita Gupta University of British Columbia



In fine arts, a diptych usually consists of two paintings that are hinged or bound together to form a single piece that opens like a book. In my interpretation of the form, I have written this paper as a textual diptych. It consists of two halves—each of which provides a slightly different perspective and response to the question: How might scholars work to unsettle conventional practices of academic representation in order to allow for different knowledges and understandings to emerge? Further, I wonder in what ways I might expand how and what I write to include as-yet-unsanctioned thoughts, insights, sources, forms, and habits in order to unsettle conventional academic scholarship. This piece of work is my current contribution to the conversation on what it means to write academically, to represent one’s scholarship.

Author Biography

Gunita Gupta, University of British Columbia

Gunita Gupta is a teacher in the Langley school district where she has taught mainly English and Foods for the past six years. She has been on the UBC Vancouver campus for most of her life, in one way or another, holds three degrees from this institution, and is currently pursuing her fourth. In her MA, Gunita pondered natality as an existential project of teachers capable of resisting neoliberal forces in education. In her PhD, she is thinking about reconceptualizing food literacy in an effort to de-centre dominant epistemological narratives. Gunita has many varied interests, including (in no particular order) dogs, language, cooking, fiction, exercise physiology, food, history, philosophy, and bikes. She prefers wide open spaces and finds talking about herself in the 3rd person an odd experience.




How to Cite

Gupta, G. . (2020). Click Here: Unsettling Scholarly Writing Practices and Knowledge Representation. Language and Literacy, 22(1), 59–71.