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Academia and Identity – when Research meets Activism.

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At times, it proves to be difficult to find a balance between trying to build an
academic career and conforming to existing evaluation criteria while also
confronting and tackling hegemonic and institutionalized ideas of what constitutes good research. It’s a delicate exercise where the challenge to play the game while simultaneously trying to change the rules of the game, often leads to ethical, methodological and strategic dilemmas. Being involved in research on identity and a commitment in identity politics shapes, questions, challenges, and redefines our own identity and touches upon the researcher’s body. Consequently, our personal and professional lives are intrinsically linked and the motivation to shape or change academic and political debates only grows stronger.

The workshop "Academia and identity - when research meets activism" held in March 2015 in Leuven, aimed to create a space to discuss these complex issues. This magazine collects the stories and reflections of the workshop’s participants and provides insight into their balance between academic work at the one hand, and the commitment to the politics of identity on the other – in all its messiness and potential failure.
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The End of Academic Elites - American Thinker

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Unlike the revolution started by the printing press which soon stabilized, internet changes are not merely drastic but continually accelerating. In the liberal arts, one can practice ...

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How to break the stranglehold of academics on critical thinking - The Guardian

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New social movements such as Occupy need institutions to help elaborate their ideas. Where will a modern collective intellectuality spring from?

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Logic Trees for Inclusive Discourse - P2P Foundation

Logic Trees for Inclusive Discourse - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Making political decision-making truly inclusive is always challenging. Diversity of concerns and perspectives to be considered is a significant driver of complexity. How much inclusiveness can be achieved is limited by how much diversity can be integrated without losing the ability to organize constructive discourses that lead to adequate decisions, and that achieve this within a reasonable timeframe. I propose that “logic tree” methods of the so-called “Theory of Constraints” are highly promising as a means of managing this complexity in a logically and socially sound and inclusive manner. Mapping concerns by such logic trees allows to identify power structures (which turn up as root causes for concerns), conflicts, and to discover and discuss innovative ideas. The application of these methods to Internet governance and sustainable development objectives should be tried and researched."
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