Recently, someone asked me what sort of scholarship I wanted to do. I didn’t know how to say it, but now I do.
In March, I participated on a panel on open scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University. I was invited because of my use of blogging to make academic knowledge more accessible, and being fairly visible as a scholar on social media in general. In my presentation, I introduced the concept of intellectual activism and spoke about the risks associated with such work, particularly for marginalized scholars. You can see the text from my talk below.
Open Scholarship as Intellectual Activism
Progress has been made toward making academic research, knowledge, and resources accessible to the broader public. This is a great cause. It is certainly a matter of justice and equality. Ironically, a number of scholars – particularly those from marginalized communities themselves (women, people of color, LGBT people) – cannot or are hesitant to participate in the move toward open access. However, many scholars, particularly marginalized scholars, participate in a…
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