The IRDL Scholars Speaker Series is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics, including specific research methods and critiques of processes associated with western social science approaches, with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice. As librarians, educators, and researchers, we welcome this opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we learn from these speakers into our own research efforts, so that our methodologies integrate anti-racist and anti-colonial practices.
The series is coordinated by a working group of IRDL Scholars. Each speaker session is free to attend via Zoom; anyone interested is welcome. Please see below for the speakers and the dates of their presentations, to register. The hashtag for the events will be #IRDLSpeakers.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services RE-40-16-0120-16.
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Catherine Baird, Hilary Bussell, Michael Flierl, Rosalinda Linares, Catherine Meals, Leatha Miles-Edmonson, Sophie Rondeau, and Dana Thompson
This session will offer an opportunity to discuss how the four 2022 presenters’ research and perspectives can make an impact in library and information science research. This session will encourage participation among attendees.
The featured speakers of this event are from the 2022 IRDL Scholars’ Speaker Series Organizing Committee: Catherine Baird, Hilary Bussell, Michael Flierl, Rosalinda Linares, Catherine Meals, Leatha Miles-Edmonson, Sophie Rondeau, Dana Statton Thompson.
In the Fabric of Our Methods: Examining the Role of Racist and Sexist Stereotypes in Survey Research
Dr. Sara McClelland is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan. She is a feminist psychologist who studies stigma and discrimination, with a focus on issues of reproductive justice and critical sexuality studies. Her research focuses on developing social science methods and designs with the potential to impact medicine, education, and public policy. This has included: studying the role of racism in assessing abortion attitudes, the effects of abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education on young adults, and gaps in clinical care for women diagnosed with cancer. More details about her research and publications can be found at ProgressLab.info.
- McClelland, S. (2016). Speaking Back from the Margins: Participant Marginalia in Survey and Interview Research. Qualitative Psychology, 3(2), 159–165.
Jonathan Rosa is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and, by courtesy, Departments of Anthropology, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He also currently serves as Director of Stanford’s Program in Chicanx-Latinx Studies and President of the Association of Latina/o and Latinx Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. His research centers on joint analyses of racial marginalization, linguistic stigmatization, and educational inequity. Rosa is author of the award-winning book, Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad (2019, Oxford University Press), and co-editor of the volume, Language and Social Justice in Practice (2019, Routledge). His work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Harvard Educational Review, American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, and Language in Society, as well as media outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation, NPR, and Univision.
- Rosa, J. & Flores, N. (2017). Unsettling Race and Language: Toward a Raciolinguistic Perspective. Language in Society, 46, 621-647.
- Rosa, J. (2018). Community as a Campus: From “Problems” to Possibilities in Latinx Communities. In M. Castañeda and J. Krupczynski (Eds.), Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action (pp. 111-123).
Jose is the featured speaker for Latinx Languages and Identities Beyond Borders event on January 24, 2022, 10:30-12:00pm. PST.
Moderated by IRDL Scholars Catherine Meals and Michael Flierl.
Intersectional Qualitative Research: Centering Race and Gender to Conduct Humane and Ethical Research
Dr. Jennifer Esposito is a Full Professor and Department Chair of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her research takes an intersectional approach to qualitative research, centering race and gender. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she sees critical theories as tools to interrogate social life and solve problems related to the material consequences of oppression and privilege. Her most recent co-authored book, Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research teaches novice researchers how to design and carry out studies from an intersectional perspective. Another co-authored book, Intersectional Analysis of Popular Culture Texts: Clarity in the Matrix applies an intersectional lens to analyze different popular culture forms. Dr. Esposito was trained as a qualitative methodologist over twenty years ago by the late Dr. Sari Biklen at Syracuse University. When she is not nerding out about methodology, she plays poker, reads fiction and poetry, and spends time with her daughters and spouse.
- Evans-Winters, V. & Esposito, J. (2018). Researching the Bridge Called our Backs: The Invisibility of ‘Us’ in Qualitative Communities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 31(9), 863-876.
- Limes-Taylor Henderson, K. & Esposito, J. (2019). Using Others in the Nicest Way Possible: On Colonial and Academic Practice(s), and an Ethic of Humility. Qualitative Inquiry, 25(9-10), 876-889.
Moderated by IRDL Scholars Rosalinda Linares and Hilary Bussell
Emily Ford is an associate professor and an urban & public affairs librarian at Portland State University Library in Portland, Oregon. She loves stories. She is curious to understand what makes people tick and how we can connect in community via lived experience. Although her research is focused on opening scholarly peer review, she views the peer-review system as one comprised of human experience stories. Her book, Stories of Open: Opening Peer Review through Narrative Inquiry, will be published by ACRL Press this Spring. When not immersed in stories, she is most likely found trail running, practicing yoga, or petting her cats and her pet rats.
Emily is the featured speaker for the Story Craft: Developing Interpretive Narratives Using Storying Stories event on December 14, 2021, 12:00-1:30 p.m. PST. This hands-on workshop is moderated by IRDL Scholars Catherine Baird and Dana Thompson.