Sketch B Session Logistics

We will hold this sketch's live workshop on October 5, 2021 at 1 PM EST.

All participants who submit their sketch via this form by September 24th will receive an email with the Zoom link to attend the session.

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Instructions: Round 1

By Sept. 24th, complete the sketch below and submit as a PDF via this form. You do not need to upload your original publication, just the responses to the prompt questions below.

Part 1:

  1. Choose a piece of your own writing. It can be unpublished, still in progress, or published a long time ago. It doesn’t matter. Respond to a few or all of the following prompts designed to reflect on your own citational habits:

  • Why am I writing this piece? Who do I want to read it and what do I want to convey to someone who is looking at my bibliography?

  • Where am I planning to publish this? In what form and with what kind of licensing? Why? Who do I want to cite this work and why?

  • Whose voices did I point to for “theory”?

  • Whose voices were foregrounded in the piece?

  • Which institutions are the scholars I cite situated in intellectually and geographically?

  • In what forms/genres were the works that I cited? Did I cite anything outside of the journal article format?

  • What are the national, racial, gender (and other) intersectional identities of the intellectuals I have cited? Why/How/Where (in the work)? Have I made clear how their contributions have been generative for my own arguments?

  • Do my citations include relevant material by Black, Indigenous, People of Color, especially those working outside of EuroAmerican academic settings? Do I include other frequently uncited or historically marginalized scholars?

  • Were the works cited published Open Access? If not, are there other ways to access the work (e.g. a pre-print hosted on a non-commercial platform?) If yes, cite the pre-print, non-commercial version. NOTE: ResearchGate and are for-profit commercial ventures funded by Venture Capitalists.

  • Where were the articles I am citing published? Is this a journal outside of the “big five” corporate publishers (Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis and Sage)?

  • Am I citing works published in university presses or scholarly society journals based in/from the regions I am working in? Am I citing “grey literature”, blogs, zines, etc.?

Part 2:

The Bibliodiversity Project of the T-STS Network contributes to the decentering of dominant STS by building a shared and accessible STS bibliography that actively works against knowledge imperialism and the dominance of EuroAmerican perspectives. There will be an open call for contributions to the bibliography, which will be curated with tags that allow users to easily find scholarship from different places, addressing a wide array of themes.

  • List 2-5 references that you think will be helpful for other STS scholars to know of that have been formative for your work and briefly write a narrative about these works that describes how they have shaped your thinking/your being/your practices/your ethics. References do not necessarily need to be in English. The aim is to draw in works that may not necessarily be by scholars who call themselves “STS” or that would locate themselves as “STS” but can inspire and support thinking around STS.

Instructions: Round 2

Once all participants have completed their sketches, we will now complete a round of elaborative peer review, that is to say, engaging each other's work to elaborate and develop new collaborative ties. This kind of friendly "review-for-building-new-relations" is intended to serve a generative function rather than a disciplining function.

Choose one or two of your peer responses from the below list of submissions (will be available after Sept 27th).
 Review your peers' material. After reviewing, click the "Annotate" button under their artifact and select the "6S Elaborative Peer Review" questions to provide feedback on their responses.

Jottings from Discussion of Sketch Exercise on Bibliodiversity as part of 6S 2021 Workshop

October 5, 2021with Prof. Dugyu Kasdogan

+ 8 attendees

Slides used here.

How do we do our literature reviews anyway…?

  • How to incorporate work that may not be intended to be for academic audiences in a way that broadens and diversifies the conversation

  • Recognizing the ways that generations above us also (often unintentionally) discipline us by determining who counts or what counts as a valid part of the canon to cite.

  • Pushing back against commodification of people (their work) as citational resources

  • Borrowing what other people say. Question of, are we circling up folks or to what degree are we truly taking up their offers. Are we really taking up their offers which requires shifting our seat. What do we have to give up? Does academia get to keep itself and I abandon it or do I say no, this is for me and us. When is that witing for authority when is that claiming. We are scholars and we are academics and we point to these legitimacies and we insist. There is a politeness. But we also have to form a transitional object.

  • Refer more to the context from where we are writing. Our responsibility to learn more about who we are thinking together with. If we are citing scholars, we are thinking alongside them, important to know them. Who are the authors?

Why do we value Open Access?

  • Pressure to publish in an international journal. Local journals do not have as much “value” on the job market. Assumption that an international journal is harder to get into…

  • Open Access - most of the journals are accessible only through JSTOR. Rarely have open access spaces. Smaller university in smaller town doesn’t have access. Open access is a must for students (in India) because rarely have access when not in a well-resourced institution.

  • Politics of Open Access also need to be taken into account. Move from pay to subscribe to pay to publish doesn't tackle underlying issues of knowledge inequities and asymmetries.

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