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Research as Praxis: Examining the Possibilities and Constraints in Doing Ethical Academic Research

Thursday, October 17, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
(tentative) CERAS 300, 520 Galvez Mall Stanford

This workshop series is designed for Stanford graduate students interested in learning more about and developing their skills in community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Invited speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields. Sessions will be held over lunch. Please check the website for location confirmation:

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This particular workshop will examine the question: What are the possibilities and constraints in doing academic research ethically?


Anne H. Charity Hudley, Ph.D.North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African AmericaDirector of Undergraduate Research, Office of Undergraduate Education Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL)  University of California, Santa Barbara

The power of innovative research and creative processes to change our world for the better and to inspire hope is infinite. Yet, there is a constant tension in academia, on particular campuses, and within individual researchers regarding how much to focus on innovation and peer review in the research process and how much to focus on the needs of particular communities. Simply put, millions of dollars are spent on specialized research agendas on the same campuses where enrolled students go hungry. Many scholars struggle with outwardly framing their research around a common good because that messaging may not be viewed as academic or elite enough for the identity of their particular discipline or university. Such tensions inform both the practical ethics of doing research work and the larger ethos of the power and will of a university or a discipline to foster change.

Going through the graduate school and academic publishing process can help scholars, particularly scholars from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the academy, make decisions about what audiences they want to reach and what scholarly conversations they want to be a part of. Through their early experiences with the peer review process, new scholars get a sense if they will be more readily accepted into a particular conversation or if they will have to work to navigate towards acceptance. Scholars will also decide if that navigation toward that acceptance is worth it or if it is more fulfilling and more impactful to join another scholarly conversation, work to break into a conversation, or to create a new conversation altogether. Such decisions, particularly on the graduate level, are often made without explicit conversations about the economics of higher education. Charity Hudley will have a special focus on the ethics of dissemination and the need for researchers to be intentional about how their research is both shared and operationalized with participants and communities that made the research possible.

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Haas Center for Public Service
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