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PRACTICES: What “best practices” does the analyst believe make for improved collaboration?

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 11:50pm

AO: Analysts do not note specific practices but they call for “strengthening of respectful collaborative spaces for scholarship to flourish in a way that is truly concerned with diversity.”

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TECHNO: (How) are technological infrastructures said to shape, enable and constrain collaboration at this stage of the research process?

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:43pm
  • AO: Analysts are concerned with how “digital technologies might facilitate bad or inappropriate editorial practices—and how they might also be harnessed to refuse or resist such practices.” They noted that the same digital communication technologies that allow a publication to be run by collaborators who are spatially isolated from one another can also create challenges that need to be actively and continuously addressed, not the least of which is the potential for abuse. In other words, the same tool cannot be expected to lead to the same results across different contexts.

  • AO: The analysts note the power of social media in bringing these issues to light as well as the labor that goes into making those contributions.

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EPISTEMIC CULTURES: (How) are epistemic cultures said to shape collaboration at this stage of the research process?

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:42pm
  • AO: They call out a certain kind of “love” for big, Euro-American, largely white and male theory has come to be the distinguishing mark of “serious” scholarship for so much of the social sciences and humanities (2017) and call for recognition that like everything else, theory has its contexts, histories, politics.

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NANO: What traits does the analyst believe make a good collaborator? Is the analyst interested in how the collaboration stabilizes or how it fails or shifts?

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:42pm
  • AO: The analysts iterated the importance of self-reflection on practices in order to better create a “respectful collaborative space... for scholarship to flourish.” They argued that such spaces need to be concerned with diversity … and rooted in an ethic of care.” For collaborative spaces to “work” according to these analysts, it appears that acknowledgment of diverse voices (they define diversity as that which is “defined by the voices of diversity not from a colonial centre blind to its own position”) as well as mindfulness about the role of technologies in shaping these interactions is important.

  • AO: It is unclear what exactly they mean by “respectful” – What do “respectful” practices look like? Agreeing to disagree? Agreeing?

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MICRO: What did the analyst choose to describe as collaboration?

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:42pm
  • AO: The analysts do not explicitly note this but as Somatosphere’s Editorial Collaborative, they write to discuss the collective work it takes to run and organize their online publishing initiative.

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MESO: (How) are power relations said to shape the dynamics of collaboration at this research stage? What organizations are said to shape collaborations?

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:41pm
  • AO: Analysts highlight attention is needed to the gendered forms of harassment, bullying, and abuse within anthropology and to the ways that exclusion and exploitation along the lines of race, class, national origin and language, sexuality, disability, and other forms of difference are reproduced through the academy’s own power differentials.

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META: What discourses does the analyst consider/leverage to characterize/theorize collaboration at this research stage? (How) are histories and contextual factors pointed to as shaping the collaborations described here at this research stage?

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:40pm
  • AO: The analysts are thinking over the valuing of volunteer labor within scholarly collaborative projects. How not to broad-brush categorize all scholarly work that doesn’t have a wage-relation as inherently exploitative and also not to make payment the sole criterion for valuing the kind of work that we do. They hold that key to an ethical engagement with volunteer colleagues is not separate from the ways we think about paid labor–and that “this means thinking about the specific conditions both of those undertaking the work as well as the nature of the work itself.”

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