SUN NOTES: Developing the Intellectual Agenda Breakout Session
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Du Boisian Scholar Network, 2019 Convening
Session Notes
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Note Taker(s):Xiaoqian (Clare) Wan
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Email of Note taker(s):xiaoqian_wan@brown.edu
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Date:Sun, May 5
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I. TopicsII. Summary CommentsIII. Action Item
IV. Date of First Contact/Follow Up
V. Contact Lead Name(s)VI. Contact Lead Email
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How to tackle structural closer in the academia? How to build alternative structures through the intellectuals? - everybody used two post-its to write down the things (books, movies, concepts) and the events (personal and community life) that are transformative in their intellectual life. Post-its will be photographed and posted online notetaker disclaimer: I listed in the following the names of people who volunteered for the actions proposed, but I apologize for not getting many of the names during the discussion. Luna and Michael (shout out to them!) volunteered to follow up with the individuals who are willing to take up specific tasks. Luna already took down some names of the volunteers during the session, but please write to Luna White and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz if you want to confirm or propose new voluntary endeavors! Luna White & Michael Rodriguez-Muñizlwhite30@uic.edu
michael.rodriguez@northwestern.edu
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Speaker series can be held both formally and informally - people invite each other in the network to deliver talks in host institutions, and to have working groups and reading groups with graduate studentsSpeaker series team: Fatma, Margo, Zine
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talks can be streamlined online Jose
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link the talks and discussions within the academia to the community and the activists. bring the university to the local commuty. Michael
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create a duty roster of local hosting university
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Publicationspropose and try to get special issues focusing on Du Boisian scholarship in top journals Publications teams: Special issue ASR or AJS proposals: Fatma, Zine; special issue of CLR James: Paget Henry; Special issue with Julian Go: Dee, Jose
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leverage existing networks that have editors in the journals
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suggest panels in ASA to address race and ethnicity scholars at large, and distribute beforehand Du Bosian scholarship materials
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bring Du Bois and CLR James together in the CLR James journal Paget
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focus on people other than Du Bois in the network, (e.g. Anna J. Cooper, Ida B. Wells etc), as well as the linkages among them, to branch outAldon
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create Black sociological theory special issues Jose, Deirdre
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create awards for recognitions of works by both faculty members and the graduate students
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create discussion about "crisis", reflect upon problems within acamedia, can take the form of special issue in the journal twice a year,
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pass on intergenerational knowledge (like Bandung conference)
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suggest scholars in DBSN as the reviewers for papers on race (list of scholars can be formed by the Brown local committee) Kanya, Zine, Fatma
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Reading listcreate online groups, email threads, reading lists, with people sharing similar subfields and interestsJose, Amy, Glenn
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collect the reading list taught by the department faculties on the foundational sociological theories, see what has changed and what has not, what stereotypes are still perpetuated, and how that can tell the department politics Kanya
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Podcasts and videos can be organized around key concepts in Du Bosian scholarship (e.g. racial capitalism) and dig deep through each episode Podcast team: Jose, Glen Basey, Mila Turner, Anji Chantack, Orly
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can put video resources onto youtube channels Mia
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put all the digital resources (reading lists, videos, podcasts) on the DBSN website to make them accessible and trackable to different audiences Karida (already on the way to make it happen, will hire a professional web designer)
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Writingorganize workshops for grant and proposal writing, especially to help each other who do work on liberation and justice to better frame the questions in the space of social sciences.
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create a space for discussion on nonconventional research methods and reach out to people who are using the unconventional ways of doing research
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bring students together at the end of the semester, use one day and a half to open up and talk about research "ideas" (what you want to do), then research questions (how to frame), and a half-baked draft
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create an online space where people can read each other's work and can volunteer time to read a few papers for others, like "doctors on call"
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other ideasworkshops on the practices of how to talk about race in different perspectives towards different audienceGlenn
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create pipeline programs for the undergradsUndergraduate efforts team: Dee (a write up of lessons) and Debanjan Roychoudhury
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think about how to use the existing leadership in our home insitutions to bridge the resources
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seniors scholars can put research ideas in the community so that the young scholars can assist, develop collaboratively, and develop in their own spaces where they may have lacked legitimacy or courage to do so
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promote regional Du Boisian networks and committees
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Syllabi collection team: Kiara Davis (from Howard), Aaron Benavidez (Boston)
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(??)graduate training ideas: al young
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