2021 has been quiet on the blogging front but productive in developing my academic writing and research. There is set to be a number of journal articles and book chapters released over the coming year and I'm pleased to say that the first of these was published a couple of weeks ago.
This piece, 'Pragmatic White Allyship for Higher Education Popular Music Academics', was published within the IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) special issue 'Crises at Work: Potentials for Change?' (Vol 11, No1 2021). The full article is open access and can be downloaded here . For now though, here's the abstract so you can get a flavour.
The world watched the killing of George Floyd from a position of COVID induced captivation. The succeeding global protests and Black Lives Matter movement justly prompted us all to consider our own complicity with the modes of systemic racism which have normalized anti-Black thought and action. The Wonkhe@Home: Black Lives Matter event (July 2020) sought to share pragmatic advice for ‘taking action to tackle racism across HE’, aware of the responsibility for the Higher Education sector to acknowledge its own role in consecrating racist forms of knowledge. This ‘statement’ translates session outcomes for Popular Music Academics (PMA), provoking the ethical imperative to reflect upon individual situational praxis towards White Allyship action. Through consideration of PMA’s typical fields of agency, I make suggestions towards development of anti-racist learning cultures within Popular Music Higher Education.
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