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Knowledge Justice: Different Ways of Knowing and Doing

Submitted on Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Anasuya Sengupta will give the first of a series of public talks as part of the Knowledge Equity and Justice Spring Seminar

Tune into the Faculty of Information next week (Thursday May 12) to hear a public talk by Anasuya Sengupta, co-director and co-founder of Whose Knowledge?, a global multilingual campaign to centre the knowledges of marginalised communities online. The campaign challenges current frames of “knowing” embedded in the internet, and anchors itself in practice: different ways of doing and being.

This talk is taking place as part of the Knowledge Equity and Justice Spring Seminar, an intensive learning opportunity which focuses on critical issues in epistemic justice relevant to Library and Information Sciences. Alongside guest speakers like Sengupta, the seminar’s participants will explore a series of topics that consider knowledge in relation to systems of power and race and the ways dominant culture systems oppress knowledge. Topics include scholarly communication, language and marginalization; Indigenous knowledge; and issues related to knowledge, citation and the Global South. This seminar invites participants to put knowledge justice into practice as future information professionals.

Sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Faculty of Information, and convened by Professor Stacy Allison-Cassin, the seminar will take place online over three weeks this May.

The second public talk, which will take place on on Tuesday May 17, will address Inequities of Article Processing Charges: How the Oligopoly of Academic Publishers Profits from Open Access. The speakers are Stefanie Haustein, Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies (ÉSIS) at the University of Ottawa, and Leigh-Ann Butler, a Master’s student at ÉSIS and also a policy analyst at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

The Knowledge Equity and Justice Spring Seminar (KEJSS) is supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Registration is open for the first talk by Sengupta.