WRITING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE• ese:o is a NGO that works on • “Essay” in Esperanto capacity enhancement and development for research through • Sustainable research-action critical thinking, collaborative writing and cooperantion. • Simple new technologies allow for systematic action and local• Role of Humanities in challenging empowerment the “global gap” in knowledge production and dissemination • Written communication favors critical thought and impact evaluation• ese:o accumulates over 10 years of research .and receives support from • Contribution to Human Rights and the Ford Foundation to systematize social change from the Humanities and package its methodology.
DISTINCT ACADEMIC PUBLISHINC GEOGRAPHIES• This graphic visualizes the locations of academic journals listed in Thompson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge. Source: The Oxford Internet Institute (OII), 2011.
LANGUAGE, GEOGRAPHY AND POWERThis visualisationsegments academicjournals by languageand country andshades each countryby the averageimpact factor of thejournals publishedwithin it.Source: OII, 2011.Source: The OxfordInternet Institute (OII),2011.
Second barrier: lack of locally-produced knowledge
Third Barrier: Isolation • Isolation as a silent barrier • Individuals must participate as writers and readers • Collaborative writing and use of technology to address multiple forms of isolation
Fourth Barrier: Stigma • Lack of experience with difference • Extra linguistic and cognitive effort required to read a paper submitted • Different code, different style, different references • Discrimination against other forms of argumentative style • Other criteria for truth • an unconscious prejudice • Confuses a shortage of resources and infrastructure with a lack of the requisite skills and quality
Research shows that …• Learning academic writing requires time, effort, self-regulation and discipline. It takes 10 years to become an expert on anything. The passage from the stages of novice to competent to expert requires making progress in several areas: Strategy: planning, emulating models, speaking to an international audience, targeting journals, etc. Knowledge: of field and discourse (elements of persuasion). Skills: intellectual and social. Motivation: confidence, efficacy.
OUR METHODOLOGY • Language as medium, place and• is conducted online materiality• using peer editing as a tool • Body as a social and political effect of• allows for personal pacing while working language in a group of colleagues• aimed at all kinds of researcher • Language and desire: finding your own researchers voice• includes organization, argumentation, referencing and placing/ preparation for • Writing as a political tool publication• process of writing and publishing takes • Critique of academic labor structure from six to nine months within post-colonial, capitalist and neo- liberal logic of academica in the global• We work on competences from a political south. point of view
Roles in methodology Global vision: design of research strategies and learning activities to maximize inclusion of voices from the South and articulation with global conversations Coordination – Integration Epistemological strategy an integrating voice that centered on argumentation lends coherence to the and disciplinary-specific whole process, coordinating strategies roles of tutors and providing global perspective Communication Language political and communicative oversees writing and style, approach focused on detailed editing focused on effectiveness and visibility clarity and fluidity beyound the course environment, vis-a-vis international journals
• Online and face to face writing workshops for academic and publishing• Thesis and dissertation writing coaching• Collaborative books• Teaching of strategic reading skills in English and Spanish• Report writing• Coordination of capacity-building projects