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Open is a state of mind that actively encourages the opportunity for unexpected contributions to scholarly work

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In a time when open access, open data and open education resources are trending topics for the research community, it can be easy to get caught up in particular mechanisms and definitions. Cameron ...
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Public anthropology in times of media hybridity and global upheaval

Public anthropology in times of media hybridity and global upheaval | Public scholarship | Scoop.it

Postill, J. forthcoming. Public anthropology in times of media hybridity and global upheaval. In S. Abram and S. Pink (eds.) Media, Anthropology and Public Engagement. Oxford: Berghahn.

 

The growing popularity of new social and participatory media at a time of global turbulence raises challenging questions for anthropologists wishing to engage with publics beyond academia. In this chapter I draw from my experience as a media anthropologist researching activism and social protest to explore some of these challenges. I argue that an updated public anthropology is required if we are to reach out beyond the mass media channels familiar from previous decades. The new digital media environment is a ‘hybrid’ system made up of old and new technologies, actors and practices interacting in contingent ways (Chadwick 2011) as well as a domain of cultural production mired in a deep political and economic crisis. This situation demands open-ended, idiosyncratic, and collaborative approaches to public engagement that take into account both the unique affordances of today’s digital technologies and the aftereffects of the 2011 and 2013 waves of social protest around the globe. I exemplify this argument through my experience with four distinct platforms, namely a mailing list, a research blog, Twitter and Facebook, in a range of public contexts.

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Literary Ethnography

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A blog about thinking, writing, and cultural production.
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Wikipedia-Mania - NYTimes.com

Wikipedia-Mania - NYTimes.com | Public scholarship | Scoop.it

I asked Mr. French to supply a couple of his clients to talk to me, and at press time he was still trying to find some. “They’re afraid,” he said. “They know that admitting they had paid help — well, one client said to me that dealing with the Wikipedians is like walking into a mental hospital: the floors are carpeted, the walls are nicely padded, but you know there’s a pretty good chance at any given moment one of the inmates will pick up a knife.”

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Women's "‘notability’ in the eyes of the young nerdy male #Wikipedia editors" MT @OmanReagan http://sco.lt/75uwXB ; #gender

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Open is a state of mind that actively encourages the opportunity for unexpected contributions to scholarly work

Open is a state of mind that actively encourages the opportunity for unexpected contributions to scholarly work | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
In a time when open access, open data and open education resources are trending topics for the research community, it can be easy to get caught up in particular mechanisms and definitions. Cameron ...
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Scholarship, Integrity and Going Viral - UCL Social Networking Sites & Social Science Research Project

Scholarship, Integrity and Going Viral - UCL Social Networking Sites & Social Science Research Project | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
For a professional academic the foundation of reputation must be scholarship and integrity.
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The academic rat race: Dilemmas and problems in the structure of academic competition

The social benefits expected from academia are generally identified as belonging to three broad categories: research, education and contribution to society in general. However, evaluating the present situation of academia according to these criteria reveals a somewhat disturbing phenomenon: an increased pressure to produce articles (in peer-reviewed journals) has created an unbalanced emphasis on the research criterion at the expense of the latter two. More fatally, this pressure has turned academia into a rat race, leading to a deep change in the fundamental structure of academic behaviour, and entailing a self-defeating and hence counter-productive pattern, where more publications is always better and where it becomes increasingly difficult for researchers to keep up with the new research in their field. The article identifies the pressure to publish as a problem of collective action. It ends up by raising questions about how to break this vicious circle and restore a better balance between all three of the social benefits of academia.

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Elsevier is taking down papers from Academia.edu

Elsevier is taking down papers from Academia.edu | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
Lots of researchers post PDFs of their own papers on their own web-sites. It's always been so, because even though technically it's in breach of the copyright transfer agreements that we blithely s...
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Should academics adopt an ethic of slowness or ninja-like productivity? In search of scholarly time

Should academics adopt an ethic of slowness or ninja-like productivity? In search of scholarly time | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
When viewed in the broader context of late modernity, responses to the increasingly frenetic academic workload can be more clearly understood, argues Filip Vostal. Rather than choosing between the ...
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“But who is going to read 12,000 tweets?!” How researchers can collect and share relevant social media content at conferences

“But who is going to read 12,000 tweets?!” How researchers can collect and share relevant social media content at conferences | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
Using social media to communicate at conferences allows more space and time for attendees to join discussions and network. But are these conversational tweets of any use once the drinks reception b...
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The Body of Writing

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Just like a coach urges athletes to “get your head in the game!” a call to “get your body in the writing!” From disembodied writing to the body of writing.
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Body of Writing http://localispossible.com/body-of-writing/ ;… Like coaches urge athletes to “get your head in the game!” a call to “get your body in the writing!”

 
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Writing Across Boundaries: An opportunity for researchers to reflect on the process and anxiety of academic writing.

Writing Across Boundaries: An opportunity for researchers to reflect on the process and anxiety of academic writing. | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
The process of writing-up one's fieldwork data can be daunting for even the most seasoned researcher. Bob Simpson and Robin Humphrey discuss the Writing Across Boundaries initiative, which is aimed...
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Recomposing Scholarship: The critical ingredients for a more inclusive scholarly communication system.

Recomposing Scholarship: The critical ingredients for a more inclusive scholarly communication system. | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
Scholarship is not just about publication, but about interaction, interpretation, exchange, deliberation, discourse, debate, and controversy. Below is the transcript from Jonathan Gray's talk at ye...
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Saskia Sassen: "La autonomía académica y la autonomía del conocimiento están bajo amenaza"

Saskia Sassen: "La autonomía académica y la autonomía del conocimiento están bajo amenaza" | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
Saskia Sassen, profesora en la Universidad de Columbia y prestigiosa socióloga de la globalización, ha sido galardonada con el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de Ciencias Sociales. Este es el breve dis...
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Professors, Don't Cloister Yourselves - Neuroanthropology

Professors, Don't Cloister Yourselves - Neuroanthropology | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
Nicholas Kristof delivers an effective Sunday op-ed in the New York Times, Professors, We Need You! Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and a
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Man Takes The Stage During TED Talk… To Rip Apart TED Talks (Video) | Elite Daily

Man Takes The Stage During TED Talk… To Rip Apart TED Talks (Video) | Elite Daily | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
TED Talks are known for providing important commentaries on a widespread range of issues and ideas, and people often hold them in the highest regard.
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Writing Live Fieldnotes: Towards a More Open Ethnography

Writing Live Fieldnotes: Towards a More Open Ethnography | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
I just returned from fieldwork in China. I'm excited to share a new way I've been writing ethnographic fieldnotes, called live fieldnoting. I spoke about live fieldnoting in a recent interview with...
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This article provides a useful overview of integrating various online tools with in hand tools (smart phones, written notes, etc., etc.). A form of personal information systems the post helps sort out possibilities. Worth Reading.

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Facebook isn't dead and buried, but dodgy journalism lives on

Facebook isn't dead and buried, but dodgy journalism lives on | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
When I saw the recent eruption of stories claiming Facebook is “dead and buried to teens” I was at first intrigued, but, once I had read through to their original sources, quickly disappointed – though…...
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Book Review: Political Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide for Students and Politicians

Book Review: Political Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide for Students and Politicians | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
This new edition of Adam Swift's highly readable introduction to political philosophy includes new material on global justice, feminism, and method in political theory, as well as updated guides to...
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"Swift has an accessible writing style which is ideal for an introductory textbook and the structure of the book – examining political philosophy through a series of concepts – is refreshingly original."

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Writing Ethnographies that Ordinary People Can Read

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“I’ve often been accused of making anthropology into literature, but anthropology is also field research. Writing is central to it.” – Clifford Geertz

“Anthropology will continue to get a bad rap as long as we anthropologists think and write about the human condition in obtuse ways.” – Paul Stoller

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Popular science: Get the word out

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Writing science books for the public is rewarding, but can take a lot of time — and financial gain is uncertain.
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Interview: Tim Ingold on the Future of Academic Publishing | Allegra

Interview: Tim Ingold on the Future of Academic Publishing | Allegra | Public scholarship | Scoop.it

Since its creation, Tim Ingold,  Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, has been a great source of inspiration for Allegra (see previous posts: here and here). It is my great pleasure to discuss with him about the future of academic publishing.

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The time is ripe for collaboration: Co-produced research is needed by academics and NGOs to demonstrate impact

The time is ripe for collaboration: Co-produced research is needed by academics and NGOs to demonstrate impact | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
Too many academics remain rooted in a mentality that fears engaging with practitioners means reducing the credibility of their work. Rachel Hayman calls for greater collaboration and an end to wast...
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see also Postill, J. 2013 We Are the 1 Percent: Rethinking National Elites as Protest Participants http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/critcom/we-are-the-1-percent-rethinking-national-elites-as-protest-participants/

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The Road to Scholarly-Writing Utopia

The Road to Scholarly-Writing Utopia | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
I spent years wishing for an idyllic environment in which to write. But things only got easier once I realized that was a delusional quest.
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Science Media Savvy | Helping scientists work effectively with the news media

Science Media Savvy | Helping scientists work effectively with the news media | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
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8 steps to making your research punch above its weight

8 steps to making your research punch above its weight | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
How can researchers ensure their work has a lasting impact? Thinking about knowledge exchange early in your project can help you target and tick the right boxes. Mark Reed lists his eight steps to ...
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Department of Anthropology: Writing Across Boundaries : Writing on Writing - Durham University

Department of Anthropology: Writing Across Boundaries : Writing on Writing - Durham University | Public scholarship | Scoop.it
As you read the effortless and insightful prose of the luminaries in your discipline, do you ever wonder how they do it? We certainly have, and as part of the Writing Across Boundaries project, we decided to ask them.

 We have written to a number of scholars who have made a significant contribution to the social science literature and asked them to write a short piece (500 to 1,500 words) offering their personal reflections on the process of writing. In these pieces, scholars from a variety of social science disciplines share their thoughts, feelings, pearls of wisdom, anecdotes, theoretical musings and much else likely to give insight and inspiration to those in the later stages of doctoral writing.

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