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Decentering Whiteness in Academic Knowledge Production

Decentering Whiteness in Academic Knowledge Production

This talk will highlight some key concerns with the growing "platformitization" of academic knowledge infrastructures controlled by a small number of multinational publishers. These oligarch publishers hold enormous power not only over how and where researchers publish, but also over the governance of university as public institution. Recent debates on open access have tended to focus on the visible problems with access (namely paywalls and licensing barriers), but insufficient attention have been given to the hidden and invisible power imbalance and asymmetry between the infrastructure providers and the knowledge producers. I argue that much of these invisible and hidden elements that govern the current knowledge production system are deeply rooted in colonial practices and on Whiteness. This is why, despite the growing acceptance of Open Access, racial and other forms of inequities in scholarly production continues to widen. I will provide support to my arguments with case studies, and point to means for collective action for decentering Whiteness in knowledge production.

This event is part of the Exploring Equity in Open Scholarship Speaker Series, Open Access Week 2021.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dr. Leslie Chan - Keynote Speaker, Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the director of the Knowledge Equity Lab
  CRDDS     Open Access Week  
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