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SSI2-156: Justice, Arts, and Incarceration

The Scholarly Conversation

Most research questions do not exist in a vacuum nor are academic books and journal articles isolated, self-contained packages of information. Rather, every academic text represents one intersection in a network of ideas and debates that scholars have been tracing through their writing, sometimes over long periods of time. Think of each academic text (including the one you are writing!) as one contribution to a scholarly conversation.

A Place at the Table

You can enter the scholarly conversation by engaging with the ideas, patterns, and thoughts you encounter in your research. Your sources should “talk” to one another. This is achieved through your own synthesis and thoughtful analysis of the literature. 

Participate in Citation Justice

There is growing movement around information sharing called "Citation Justice," which aims to encourage scholars to evaluate their own traditional notions of authority and knowledge creation. Some examples include #CiteIndigenousAuthors and #CiteBlackWomen, which focus on elevating the voices of scholars who have been historically marginalized across academia. It is vital for students and scholars to consider their  practices of citing sources, as these practices are part of how we attribute knowledge and ideas. These practices reflect whose voices are heard and prioritized, what counts as "knowledge," and who can be creators and holders of knowledge*.

The following activity will get you thinking about what kind of sources and authors you want to “invite to your party” so that there is a good discussion around your topic. The strategies used in this activity can be put to work with your own individual topics for your assignment, and really for any assignment.

*"Citation Justice" content adapted under CC BY 4.0 license from City University of Seattle Library.