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Decolonizing Academia with Dr. Farhana Sultana


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Please join us for the third and final lecture on the Spring 2018 Whose Free Speech lecture series: “Decolonizing Academia: On Responsibility, Accountability, and Ethics in Academic Publishing”

Scholarly journals are expected to follow procedures to ensure rigor and integrity, but what happens when these processes are not upheld by journals? What happens when editorial boards choose to publish and thus promote inflammatory ideologies to recolonize peoples under the guise of generating ‘debate’, or as part of a broader click-bait strategy of manufacturing faux controversy to increase journal traffic in an increasingly metricized academia? Responsibility, accountability, and ethics are important in academic publishing, so scholars do not pass off oppressive and violent ideologies, or historical revisionism, under misguided notions of free speech or ‘viewpoint diversity’ without accounting for relations of power and oppression that are historical and geographical.

Dr. Farhana Sultana is Associate Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Farhana holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Geosciences from Princeton University, and Master and PhD degrees in Geography from University of Minnesota, where she was a Macarthur Scholar. Prior to joining Syracuse, Farhana taught at King’s College London, and managed a large environment program at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar and the author of over three dozen publications.

Unlike the prior lectures, this one will not be live streamed or recorded.

Free and Open to the Public
Childcare provided with support from the UUP. Please email pabonj@newpaltz.edu for more info!