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Some Majority World universities have limited library resources and thus make it difficult for scholar-authors to quickly address their peer reviewer’s recommended revisions. When authors begin their pre-peer review revisions, they often lack access to the most current scholarship due to deficiencies of their university library. They also often lack economic access to these resources.

Postcolonial Networks is working with scholars around the world to collectively create a different academic culture. Disruptive innovation is innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network by displaces established practices and academic conventions.

Through our knowledge activism, Postcolonial Networks and its many affiliated authors are actively rethinking the academic publishing process in ways that allow scholars around the world to have better access to writing resources. As a part of Postcolonial Networks’ activism this past summer we inaugurated our first Scholarly Writing and Publishing Workshop with St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya hosting PhD students and faculty from six local Kenya universities.

Writing and Publishing Workshop: Our Approach

The major content areas for the workshop include areas to serve newly minted PhD’s and faculty:

  1. Overview of publishing from start to finish
  2. Abstracts, research proposals, literature reviews, arguments and indexes
  3. Translation challenges and solutions
  4. Process of taking a master’s or doctoral thesis to publication as a book
  5. Global distribution of books previously published locally
  6. Electronic bibliographies and citation practices
  7. Proprietary images
  8. Ethical guidelines for ethnographic interviews

These and other thematic areas were covered, along with a portion of our workshop dedicated to working on manuscripts through individual coaching in areas of an author’s needs. Following the workshop, we work with authors to develop relationships with publishers, with the goal of getting an author’s work published. Authors also have the opportunity for additional coaching including, when necessary, peer and copy editing services.

Why is Postcolonial Networks Equipped to Lead Workshops?

  • We bring a wealth of experience from our working with more than two-dozen scholar-authors throughout the Majority World. The majority of our authors have not had historical access to publishers outside of their local contexts. United as a global team, we work with faculty and graduate students on resources and processes to write, develop, publish, and distribute their books and articles.
  • We have relationships with academic publishers such as Borderless Press, a publisher that features voices of Majority World. Our six-year relationship with Palgrave MacMillan as the Postcolonialism and Religions series helps open new horizons for scholars who work with us.
  • We have extensive networks and are able to connect scholars to resources, for example, sending complimentary books and other materials that are otherwise unavailable locally to authors so they can complete their research and seek publication of their book.
  • Our global community of scholars increases the likelihood that the projects workshop participants carry through to publishing will receive attention from their peer scholars around the world.

For more information on Postcolonial Networks’ Writing and Publishing Workshops for Scholars, contact Dr. Joseph Duggan by email: nyclaman@gmail.com or by skype: drjfduggan.