IRDL Speaker Series

 IRDL Speaker Series: Thinking Critically About Research and Power

The IRDL Scholars Speaker Series is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics, including specific research methods and critiques of processes associated with western social science approaches, with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice. As librarians, educators, and researchers, we welcome this opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we learn from these speakers into our own research efforts, so that our methodologies integrate anti-racist and anti-colonial practices.

The series is coordinated by a working group of IRDL Scholars. Each speaker session is free to attend via Zoom; anyone interested is welcome. Please see below for the speakers and the dates of their presentations, to register. The hashtag for the events will be #IRDLSpeakers.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services RE-250170-OLS-21.

Link to the 2021 IRDL Scholars’ Speaker Series

Story Craft: Developing Interpretive Narratives Using Storying Stories

December 14, 2021 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. PST

Register for this free workshop

This hands-on workshop is moderated by IRDL Scholars Catherine Baird and Dana Thompson.

Link to YouTube recording of the session

Link to workshop materials

Emily Ford
Featured Speaker:

Emily Ford

Associate Professor and Urban & Public Affairs Librarian, Portland State University

Intersectional Qualitative Research: Centering Race and Gender to Conduct Humane and Ethical Research

January 12, 2022 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PST

Link to Youtube recording of the session

Moderated by IRDL Scholars Rosalinda Linares and Hilary Bussell

Recommended reading:

Limes-Taylor Henderson, K. & Esposito, J. (2019). Using Others in the Nicest Way Possible: On Colonial and Academic Practice(s), and an Ethic of Humility. Qualitative Inquiry, 25(9-10), 876-889.

Evans-Winters, V. & Esposito, J. (2018). Researching the Bridge Called our Backs: The Invisibility of ‘Us’ in Qualitative Communities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 31(9), 863-876.

Jennifer Esposito
Featured Speaker:

Jennifer Esposito

Professor and Department Chair of Educational Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Latinx Languages and Identities Beyond Borders

January 24, 2022 10:30 a.m.-12:00pm. PST

Link to Youtube recording of the session

Moderated by IRDL Scholars Catherine Meals and Michael Flierl

Recommended reading:

Rosa, J. & Flores, N. (2017). Unsettling Race and Language: Toward a Raciolinguistic Perspective. Language in Society, 46, 621-647.

Rosa, J. (2018). Community as a Campus: From “Problems” to Possibilities in Latinx Communities. In M. Castañeda and J. Krupczynski (Eds.), Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action (pp. 111-123).

Jonathan Rosa
Featured Speaker:

Jonathan Rosa

Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University

In the Fabric of Our Methods: Examining the Role of Racist and Sexist Stereotypes in Survey Research

February 11, 2022 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PST

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Moderated by IRDL Scholars Leatha Miles-Edmonson and Sophie Rondeau

Recommended reading:

McClelland, S. (2016). Speaking Back from the Margins: Participant Marginalia in Survey and Interview Research. Qualitative Psychology, 3(2), 159–165.

Sara McLelland
Featured speaker:

Sara McClelland

Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Michigan

IRDL Scholars' Speaker Series summary discussion session

February 21, 2022 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PST

Link to Youtube recording of the session

Featured Speakers:

2022 IRDL Scholars’ Speaker Series Organizing Committee: Catherine Baird, Hilary Bussell, Michael Flierl, Rosalinda Linares, Catherine Meals, Leatha Miles-Edmonson, Sophie Rondeau, Dana Statton Thompson.