citation politics

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109th chat, Tuesday July 10: citation politics
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @cslaughter & @alizaelk
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

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discussion questions:

  • Q1. How does citation work as a performative and reproductive technology of power? (i.e., how does it reproduce and embody existing power structures?)
  • Q2. How do our personal citational practices reproduce or upend existing exclusionary practices in teaching and research?
  • Q3. How can we address/redress the unequal politics of citation in our instructional work? (In research consultations? In institutional policy? In our own projects?)
  • Q4. What role can movements for open access play in redressing the unequal politics of citation? What are its strengths and limitations?
  • Q5. Can we/should we/do we challenge the use of citation counts as an academic performance metric? What does that look like? Are there existing alternatives?

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