P099
Going public: writing and speaking outside the ivory tower

Convenors:
Claire Beaudevin (CNRS, Cermes3)
Susann Huschke (Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Location:
U6-1F
Start time:
22 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

In this panel, we invite speakers to reflect on their successful as well as their not-so-successful attempts to engage in public debates and policy processes outside the ivory tower by presenting their experiences and conclusions in a creative way.

Long abstract:

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple." (Jack Kerouac) We invite speakers to reflect on their successful and their not-so-successful attempts to engage in public debates and policy processes outside the ivory tower. Among the issues that we would like to see addressed: • Engaging with policy-makers, e.g. how do you explain/publish what you know in an effective way? What if you get criticized because your results challenge the dominant discourse? What if your engagement cuts you off future funding? What if you want to present your research in places where there is little freedom of speech for your audience, your research participants or yourself? • The problem of making it simple and sexy, e.g. trying to fit the content of your 400-page PhD thesis in a 600-word newspaper op-ed, having your complex thoughts edited down to a juicy newspaper headline, or daring to write a book that might be read (and enjoyed) by non-academics. • What about my academic career? That is, how to juggle what is good for the CV and what needs to be done/said/written to address the state of the world around us? In line with the theme of the panel, we also invite you to get creative with your presentations and to NOT read your paper. Instead, you could, for example: • engage in dialogue with the audience • use images that are meaningful to your research to stimulate discussion •'perform' the situations you're telling us about.