This paper fashions a lens through which to view scholarly identity and the
experience of academic writing. The lens of inquiry I apply is the metaphor of Season
of sci-fi HBO television show Westworld and its characters, especially its cyborg
protagonist Dolores. Thrumming like electric currents through this lens of inquiry
Haraway’s theorization of the cyborg, the fictional worlds of science fiction and
Wonderland, my own lived experience, and Deleuze and Guattari’s desiring-machines
and bodies without organs. I engage in the cyborgic technology of writing in order
playfully explore what it means to be a cyborg academic operating in intersecting
machinic worlds. I ask: Can we listen to our internal voices and write our own stories?
Can we burn the world clean with our scholarship and the ways in which we interrogate
ingrained and expected practices?