CRADLE Seminar Series: Publishing diverse voices

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Join us to hear Prof. Laura Czerniewicz (University of Cape Town) and Dr Sarah Lambert (CRADLE) discuss diversifying academic publishing.

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Publishing diverse voices: Feminism, social justice and academic publishing

Prof. Laura Czerniewicz (University of Cape Town)

Dr Sarah Lambert (CRADLE, Deakin University)

The need to diversify research and scholarly publishing is increasingly well-recognised - but what does it take to open the conversation and publish diverse voices? Join us to hear from Prof. Laura Czerniewicz and Dr Sarah Lambert as they discuss feminist and social justice approaches to diversifying academic publishing.

Very few scholars would argue with the need to diversify research and scholarly publishing - diversity and inclusion are almost buzzwords nowadays. The hegemony of scholarly outputs is strikingly northern and patriarchal in terms of authorship and western in terms of epistemology (see Czerniewicz, 2020). What does it take to shift to a more heterogeneous scholarship? Where are the peripheries?

In this seminar, Prof. Laura Czerniewicz (University of Cape Town) and Dr Sarah Lambert (CRADLE) will discuss the background, process and outcomes of their recent publishing venture, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as an example. They will provide some insights into the social justice thinking that informed the decision to incorporate flexible mentoring for PhD students and ECR writers - and how this opportunity was taken up.

This seminar is part of our online-only series. Join us for a thought-provoking virtual seminar and discussion!

Professor Laura Czerniewicz is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She has worked in education in numerous roles including strategist, researcher, educator and publisher. Her research interests include the changing nature of higher education in a digitally-mediated society, changing technological practices and digital inequality. Committed to growing a counter-narrative of what is possible for higher education, Laura’s recent critical work has called for higher education to “Resist, Research, Regulate and Re-imagine” a new normal countering inequality, marketisation and the platform university.

Sarah Lambert manages a $5M program of student equity projects for the benefit of future and current disadvantaged learners at Deakin University. Previously she managed open education programs and partnerships after a career in technology-enhanced learning including as executive member of the Australasian Council for Online and eLearning (ACODE). A proud feminist, equity ally and first-in-family member to go to university, Sarah’s recent research explores how online education programs can be reconceptualised as social justice actions to widen educational participation for under-represented learners and communities. She is currently the Chief Investigator on a National Scoping Study of Open Educational Textbooks as Social Justice in the Australian context.

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