Blue Box Seminar
Friday, Feb. 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Next week’s Blue Box will be a special one. The Lightning Talks are canceled, and instead there will be an important, interactive seminar on the development of a departmental policy to protect, defend, and support researchers when they are attacked. It will be a short talk by our own Alex Zahara, followed by a workshop session. He will speak on “Troll Management in the Anthropocene: Developing a Departmental Policy to Protect Researchers” Abstract: “Attacks on research are becoming increasingly common-place. Attacks range from harassment on social media (i.e. Twitter trolling) or in-person, to public dismissals by politicians and other stakeholder groups. Often, attacks aim to silence research about a particular topic (e.g., climate change) or the work of specific researchers. Not only being an affront to academic freedom, attacks most often target those from groups already marginalized in the academy (e.g., junior scholars, women, Indigenous, black, POC, queer, differently-abled folks). At MUN Geography, we want to develop a departmental policy for defending and supporting researchers when attacks happen. This special blue box will take place from 3:30-4:30 (over drinks!). It will include a short talk on best practices for what to do if an attack happens, followed by a workshop where we will hear from students and faculty about what they want (and don’t want!) from their Department when an attack happens. Those from all departments are welcome to participate.”
Presented by Department of Geography