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Building an online scholarly community

As part of the Department of Library and Information Science’s #citylis International Seminar, Drs Peter Wilkins and Brenna Clarke Gray of Douglas College (British Columbia, Canada) will lead on the topic titled “Online Spaces & the Alt-Academic: How to Build Your Own Scholarly Community” on November 10th.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Brenna and Peter

As part of the Department of Library and Information Science’s #citylis International Seminar, Drs Peter Wilkins and Brenna Clarke Gray of Douglas College (British Columbia, Canada) are the featured speakers leading on the topic titled, “Online Spaces & the Alt-Academic: How to Build Your Own Scholarly Community”.

The seminar takes place at 5:30pm on 10th November in Room C304 (Tait Building).

More and more people studying and planning for academic careers, especially in the humanities, are finding themselves on the alt-academic track, working in positions without the explicit expectation (or time allowed) for disciplinary research.

Spaces to network and find support

Whether these are teaching-forward or research liaison positions, in the university or non-profit or private sector, these jobs are distanced from the traditional disciplinary research supports of the tenure-track. However, the increasing numbers of PhDs in non-traditional positions has resulted in a commensurate rise in the desire to build communities of research and practice in accessible online spaces.

Drs. Peter Wilkins and Brenna Clarke Gray will talk about the value and importance of the online scholarly community in their research practice, reflecting on scholarly and popular blogging, open access journals, and Twitter’s hashtag communities as spaces to network and find support.

Peter Wilkins holds a PhD in American Literature and Critical Theory. He is the faculty research liaison for the Training Group at Douglas College on secondment from the English department where he has taught since 1996. Recent publications include essays on Scott Pilgrim and graphic adaptations of Moby-Dick. He is a founding editor of Graphixia, a Conversation about Comics and a deputy editor of The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.

Brenna Clarke Gray holds a PhD in Canadian Literature and teaches at Douglas College, where she also serves as Associate of Arts Coordinator. Recent publications include work on Scott Pilgrim, Alpha Flight, and the history of Canadian comic books.

To register for this free event please visit this weblink.

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Critical Theory

Critical Theory is a social theory oriented toward critiquing and changing society as a whole, in contrast to traditional theory oriented only to understanding or explaining it. Critical theories aim to dig beneath the surface of social life and uncover the assumptions that keep us from a full and true understanding of how the world works. It was developed by a group of sociologists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany who referred to themselves as The Frankfurt School.

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