Thursday, September 8, 2022       Events

Discussing How We Actively Address the Ways Our Institutions are Deeply Rooted in Past and Current Injustices

3pm ET / 12pm PT  ·  Virtual Open Access   ·   Open Data   ·   Open Education

As part of SPARC's Knowledge Equity Series, this panel will discuss how libraries, archives, and academic institutions can actively address the ways they are deeply rooted in past and current injustices.


Thursday, September 8th, 2022


3pm ET / 12pm PT

Our knowledge systems exclude many perspectives because legacies of injustice are built into their foundations. Racism, colonialism, and other forms of discrimination limit whose voices are heard, whose interests are prioritized, and whose knowledge counts. Openness can create pathways to more equitable systems of knowledge sharing; however, in pursuing this potential, it is important to explicitly recognize the ways these inequities are built into the foundations of academic systems.

To help situate the work of opening up research and education within this essential context, SPARC will host a discussion series to provide an introduction to broad concepts and considerations of epistemic injustice and knowledge equity in the areas of academic libraries and archives. These discussions will examine how universities, and thus academic libraries, are rooted in oppressive systems like white supremacy, racism, and settler colonialism, and how that is connected to our current work in libraries.

In the fourth panel of this series, we will be joined by the speakers below for a 60-minute discussion on how libraries, archives, and academic institutions can actively address the ways they are deeply rooted in past and current injustices.

  • Jen Brown, Undergraduate Research and Learning Librarian, University of California Berkeley and Community Manager, We Here
  • Fobazi Ettarh, Scholar-Activist, Independent Consultant and PhD student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign iSchool
  • Sofia Leung, Editor, up//root: a We Here publication
  • Moderator: Kanishka Sikri, PhD Candidate, York University and Research Associate, Knowledge Equity Lab

To assist participants in building their understanding of topics explored in these webcasts, we are collaborating with Sofia Leung to provide resources for hosting local accountability & unlearning study groups as a part of this series. These resources will be provided to participants ahead of the discussions and will be made available online.

Anyone is welcome to register for this discussion. A recording will be made available the following day for those who are not able to join live. We also encourage the community to use the recordings and study group resources to participate on whatever schedule is most convenient—even if that is after the series itself has ended.

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