Panel: Identifying and enacting generous scholarly practice
July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
How can we identify, embody and model generous scholarship and scholarly practices at every career level? While some of us use individual strategies, including for example feminist citation strategies and ethics of care, this panel seeks to engage the wider AERI community in discussion about how to evolve as a generous research community. In this panel, we explore together how we can follow through on our shared commitment to working within the academy’s ethically compromised spaces in ways that do not just imbricate ourselves into the hierarchies of power, but work to subvert, undermine, open doors, and make different ways of working and doing possible.
Current events and attitudes, including the global Covid-19 pandemic that led to the cancellation of an in-person AERI 2020, the pandemic’s disproportionate harms on Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples that have shown in stark relief systemic structures of oppression, and the protests for Black liberation and lives across the United States after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, make the topic of generosity in research and scholarship still more urgent. What kinds of generosity are required within research and scholarly communities to acknowledge the effects of white supremacy, patriarchy, xenophobia, and other oppressive forces and to support the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and women scholars who are disproportionately affected?
Working with the belief that generosity will contribute to fostering an inclusive, just, supportive, generative and creative research community, this panel aims to 1) identify the characteristics of generous scholarly and research practice; and 2) develop shared strategies for enacting it.
- Facilitators will briefly introduce themselves and their motivations for holding the panel; through personal stories/examples, each facilitator will briefly sketch their ideas about generosity and what it means to them.
- Small group brainstorming sessions in breakout groups to discuss the following types of questions: What does generosity look like? Where is it needed? What does it feel like? Why is it important?
- Sharing small group discussions with the larger panel group.
- Small group strategizing sessions in breakout groups to discuss how generous scholarly practices can be enacted and to identify strategies we can start employing immediately and others that need more resources.
- Sharing small group strategizing with the larger group and identifying potential resources, collaborators, future actions, etc.
Notes will be taken in a google doc that can be shared with all session participants as well as publicly. Depending on the outcome of the discussions held in the panel, the facilitators may co-author a generous scholarly practices manifesto and/or plan a follow-up workshop for AERI 2021.
Panelists: Marika Cifor, Jennifer Douglas, Jamie A. Lee, Tonia Sutherland