This year we are launching the new series Studies in Knowledge Production and Participation. In this post, the series editors Mary Jane Curry and Theresa Lillis explain why there is a need for a series in this area.
In an increasingly multimodal, multilingual world that is considered by many to be ‘globalised’ or ‘globalising’, questions about knowledge production are coming to the fore. New technologies, global mobility, and changing economies are contributing to interest in what is defined as knowledge, how it is produced, and who has access not only to new knowledge but also to the ability to produce and use new (and old) knowledges. This new book series will explore multiple facets of knowledge production, distribution and evaluation within these fast-changing contexts.
The topic of knowledge production is not new in academia but it is only in recent years that a field of study is developing that critically explores scientific and academic knowledge production in traditional arenas such as universities, in traditional forms such as journal articles and books. The series will be launched with an edited book focusing on conventional academic knowledge entitled Global Academic Publishing: Policies, Practices, and Pedagogies, which will bring together chapters from a wide range of national and regional contexts exploring a key dimension of academic knowledge production. Studies in this collection will use qualitative/ethnographic as well as bibliometric and survey research methods.
The series will also extend beyond traditional academic and scientific contexts and forms of knowledge production. With the advent of new technologies, academic knowledge production has taken on a wider range of formats, including blogs, wikis and Twitter feeds. Questions related to who has access to these forums and how the knowledge created within them is taken up, shared, and evaluated, and for what purposes, are in need of exploration. At the same time, what are sometimes called ‘vernacular’ or ‘indigenous’ knowledges are increasingly being recognized and made accessible through new technologies, and the series aims to make these types of knowledge visible. A key question in the series as a whole is what counts as knowledge in the contemporary world.
The editors welcome proposals for the series, following the book proposal guidelines on the Multilingual Matters website. The series will aim to include books using a number of research methodologies, with research representing as wide a range of geographic locations as possible.