Pandemic-Proofing Humanities Scholarship

Prof. Martin Eve (Birkbeck) recently delivered one of two keynote lectures at the CHASE Encounters Conference, which took place on 3–4 December 2020, hosted by Birkbeck, University of London. The biannual Encounters Conference is a chance for doctoral students to share ideas and research, build contacts and make networks across the eight institutions in CHASE: Sussex, Essex, Kent, UEA, Goldsmiths, the Courtauld, SOAS, and Birkbeck.

Titled “Pandemic-Proofing Humanities Scholarship,” Prof. Eve’s lecture explores what the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed about our systems of academic publishing. Building on years of research in scholarly communications, Prof. Eve described the hidden infrastructures, labour and systems of preservation that make academic publishing possible but are frequently misunderstood by academics themselves. Analysing the exclusionary aspects of scholarly communications, Prof. Eve suggested that the histories of prestige that have shaped the publishing process (including peer review) are not as old or immutable as we might think. New modes of open publishing within the academy, he argued, make possible new kinds of engagement for humanities scholars.

You can watch Prof. Martin Eve’s lecture below.

Featured image by by Florian Olivo on Unsplash

Author: CCL

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