Stolen Works, Stolen Lives: Racial Erasure, Exclusion and Dispossession in Academic Publishing

Conveners: Dr Sneha Krishnan and Dr Richard Baxter

Speakers: Prof Patricia Daley (Oxford), Dr James Esson (Loughborough), Prof Patricia Kingori (Oxford), Dr Nayanika Mathur (Oxford), Dr Patricia Noxolo (Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers/Birmingham)

Given the importance of publishing to the career trajectories and lives of academic researchers, comparatively little attention has been paid to racism in the context of academic publishing. This panel seminar foregrounds and explores the erasures, exclusions and dispossessions that researchers of colour, and women of colour in particular, can experience through their publishing lives. These experiences are situated in a broader historical context of erasure and dispossession against colonised subjects in Europe, North America and the Global South. The seminar explores the extent of the problem and the emotional effects of this form of racism at an individual and collective scale. It begins to examine the dynamics and processes involved, for example how the dispossession is often committed by researchers claiming allyship and the intersect between race and gender. Critically, it investigates the anti-racist practices that are needed to help transform universities, publishing houses and publishing communities. This is a virtual seminar, with a panel discussion followed by reflections and questions from the audience.



Dr Sneha Krishnan, University of Oxford



Prof Patricia Daley, University of Oxford

Dr James Esson, Loughborough University

Prof Patricia Kingori, University of Oxford

Dr Nayanika Mathur, University of Oxford

Dr Patricia Noxolo, Co-editor of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and University of Birmingham



The panel seminar has been organised by Dr Sneha Krishnan and Dr Richard Baxter, University of Oxford. It is sponsored by the Political Worlds Research Cluster, School of Geography and the Environment (SOGE), the University of Oxford’s BME Staff Network and the Social Sciences Division. Although the seminar is sponsored by SOGE and the Social Sciences, the theme is relevant to all disciplines.



Online over Zoom



If you would like to attend please email providing your name and the seminar name. Staff and students at the University of Oxford should register here: