Redistribution and Reparation in the History of Science: an Open Listening Session
Where’s the money (and value and recognition)?
We invite you to join an open listening session on redistributing scholarly resources to support early-career and underrepresented scholars and scholarship. We invite scholars who hold forms of academic capital, and early career and underrepresented scholars to talk about how historians of science, and the History of Society Society (HSS), allocate value and resources. Where is value situated at different stages of the career, and where should it shift? What are scholars’ needs at different stages, places and positions? How can we think about redistribution and reparation in the history of science?
Thursday, November 18, 12-1:15pm Central Time
We invite an open discussion about where resources and value are located in our field, and how they might be reallocated. This session follows on the HSS Futures and related panels at last year’s virtual HSS (with thanks to those who organized and participated). Specifically, conveners include two journal editors and two Co-Chairs of an HSS special interest group. Collectively we have small amounts of money, some gatekeeping functions, some control over symbolic value and recognition, and our own labor time for mentoring and support. We are seeking feedback from early career and underrepresented scholars, as to how those resources can be re-deployed. More broadly, we welcome a conversation about how resources in the field and the Society might be redirected to support early career and underrepresented scholars and scholarship.
Please share suggestions, topics and questions for us to address during our session, below. We plan to hold breakout sessions to plan specific initiatives, bookended by open discussion.
Co-sponsored by the Forum for the History of Human Sciences, Isis, the Journal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Graduate and Early Career Caucus and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
This meeting is open to all, regardless of Society membership or conference registration status.
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How do you identify as a scholar?
Alt-Ac (beyond academia)
Identify with a group historically marginalized by the field of the history of science (specify in 'Other' below, if you feel comfortable)
What kinds of small-scale investments would be most valuable to early career scholars and/or underrepresented scholars? Prizes or other named recognition? Readers to informally review an article in progress? Mentions in an academic journal? Social media boost? Professional experience? Technical skills? Networking? Mentoring? Etc.?
What large-scale shifts in material resources need to take place within the field of history of science? What might redistribution and reparation look like in this field?
What would you like us to talk about at the HSS Open Listening session? Concerns?
What kinds of (financial, symbolic, professional) value are the most helpful for you at your current career stage? Are there ways in which you would like to see these kinds of values changed for academics as a whole? Where should value be re-allocated to promote underrepresented scholars and scholarship?
During the Open Listening session, we'd like to use breakout sessions to develop ideas and proposals for resource redistribution. Please let us know which of these areas (or another) you'd be most interested in discussing in a breakout session.
Journal article process: individual mentorship, peer support, guidance through the submission process
Inclusive hiring: rethinking letters of recommendation, diversity statements
Alt-Ac scholarship and community engagement
Nontenured/ non tenure-track faculty retention
Book publication process
Grants, prizes and fellowships
Visibility and recognition in the field
If you are comfortable doing so, please share how we might make this session accessible to you.
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