Can we Engage in Public Scholarship with Feminist and Accessible Communication?


Today’s book is: Engage in Public Scholarship: A Guidebook on Feminist and Accessible Communication, by Dr. Alex D. Ketchum. Public scholarship—sharing research with audiences outside of academic settings—has become increasingly necessary to counter the rise of misinformation, fill gaps from cuts to traditional media, and increase the reach of important scholarship. Engaging in these efforts often comes with the risk of harassment and threats—especially for women, people of color, queer communities, and precariously employed workers. Engage in Public Scholarship provides guidance on translating research into inclusive public outreach while ensuring that such efforts are safer and more accessible. Dr. Ketchum discusses practices and planning for a range of educational activities from in-person and online events, conferences, and lectures to publishing and working with the media, social media activity, blogging, and podcasting. Using an intersectional feminist lens, this book offers a concise approach to challenges and benefits of feminist and accessible public scholarship.

Our guest is: Dr. Alex Ketchum, who is the Faculty Lecturer of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies of McGill University. She is the Director of the Just Feminist Tech and Scholarship Lab. She is the author of Engage in Public Scholarship!: A Guidebook on Feminist and Accessible Communication (Concordia University Press, 2022), and Ingredients for Revolution: A History of American Feminist Restaurants, Cafes, and Coffeehouses (2022). Since 2019, Ketchum has organized the SSHRC-funded Disrupting Disruptions: The Feminist and Accessible Publishing and Communications Technologies Speaker and Workshop Series. She is also the founder of The Feminist Restaurant Project, and co-founder and editor of The Historical Cooking Project, and the former co-founder of Food, Feminism, and Fermentation. She is published in Feminist Studies, Feminist Media Studies, and Digital Humanities Quarterly. Dr. Ketchum was named one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics for 2021, and is involved in feminist, food, and environmental politics. She has worked on organic farms in Ireland and France, and she founded Farm House in Middletown, Connecticut, a living community dedicated to food politics work.

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