Publishing Scholar-Activism

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Dr Helena Liu

We generate knowledge to dismantle the interlocking systems of oppression. Our scholarship is our activism.

Yet the white patriarchal academy often denies our truth. Radical work is dismissed as ideological troublemaking, irrelevant to ‘real’ science. Emerging scholars are dissuaded from jeopardizing their careers, while more experienced scholars can meet marginalization and even backlash for their bold visions.

This is not your typical publishing workshop.

I won’t lecture you to adopt productivity hacks, salami slice your research, or otherwise play the games of the neoliberal university. This workshop is about doing wildly fulfilling work and getting it out there so that we can transform academia and the world.

Please note I speak from the standpoint of a neurotypical, Anglophonic woman of color working and living in the Global North, which shapes my approaches to scholarship and writing.

What is it about?

This is a workshop about publishing radical, critical, justice-oriented work in academic journals. It will focus on developing compelling qualitative research manuscripts from your scholar-activism and demystifying the editorial process from submission through revision.

When is it held?

28th May 10–11:30 am AEST
27th May 5-6:30 pm PDT
27th May 8-9:30 pm EDT
28th May 1–2:30 am BST

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This workshop is for you if…

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You want to create liberatory bodies of work but you never seem to find the time. Or perhaps you fear doing so will jeopardize your career.

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You are new to or have struggled with getting your work published in academic journals. The publishing processes remain opaque and confusing.

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You refuse to compromise your values and integrity to publish but publication is currently necessary to sustain your scholar-activism.

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Your work is radical, visionary, and bold (or you’d like it to be). Some people feel threatened by it. You may have faced resistance and hostility for your work.

I’m Helena Liu (she/her). I’m an intersectional feminist scholar-activist working and living on the unceded land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, also known as Sydney, Australia.

I was awarded my PhD in 2012 from the University of Sydney where my research looked at the discursive construction of banking CEOs during the global financial crisis. My research critiques how gender, race, and class sustain our enduring romance with leadership.

In my 8½ years as an academic, I’ve published over 28 journal articles, one book, 8 book chapters, and counting. I currently serve as Associate Editor at Human Relations, Management Learning, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and I’m also on the editorial boards of Organization and Journal of Autoethnography.

I was once told I would never publish and that my career may as well be dead if I wanted to challenge white supremacy. I long for academia to become a place where emerging scholar-activists are profoundly respected and supported.

Helena Liu, the creator of this blog, stands in a forest in a coral dress ready to fight for social justice

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