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Tuesday, December 7 • 10:00 - 11:00
Opening Remarks & Keynote: Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: Challenging Structural Racism and Systemic Biases in Academic Knowledge Production

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While calls for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in academia have been ongoing for decades, the reckoning of the need to address EDI within scholarly publishing has been relatively recent. This is surprising given that publishing is central to the production and reproduction of the institutional culture of the academy, which has historically privileged Whiteness and Anglo-Eurocentric ways of knowing. In this talk, I posit that the various forms of structural racism persist in the academy because they are buttressed by the norms and standards of publishing encoded in Whiteness that remain largely invisible. Informed by critical theory, personal experience, and existing research, this talk makes visible the historical and contemporary manifestations of racism and systemic biases in publishing and call for a new design of the knowledge production systems that center people, places, diverse ways of knowing and epistemic justice at the core.

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Rachael Ainsworth

Research Software Community Manager, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Manchester
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Vrushali Dandawate

Ambassador India, Librarian AISSMSCOE, DOAJ
Vrushali is Head Librarian at AISSMS College of Engineering College Pune and She is DOAJ Ambassador for India.
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Mona Ramonetti

Head, Scholarly Communication, Stony Brook University
Head of Scholarly Communication.  Stony Brook University Libraries.

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Osman Aldirdiri

Vice President, FORCE11
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Leslie Chan

Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
Leslie Chan is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the director of the Knowledge Equity Lab. Leslie’s teaching and professional interests centre on the geopolitics of knowledge production and circulation... Read More →

Tuesday December 7, 2021 10:00 - 11:00 UTC