Technology and International Scholarly Partnerships Across the Digital Divide

As a THATCamp newbie, rather than propose a session I would like to discuss with other participants some questions and issues related to content produced online by international networks of scholars and practitioners. I have some experience in this area as an academic involved in various Africa-related digital projects, including the Africa Past and Present podcast (see my recent journal article here), the Overcoming Apartheid web curriculum, and the Football Scholars Forum. Generally, I am interested in knowledge production and circulation; costs and accessibility; and the challenges posed by “digital imperialism.” A bit more specifically, how can technology generate and enhance international scholarly collaborations in the humanities and social sciences? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Skype, Zotero, WordPress and other tools to create and disseminate knowledge in and about the Global South? What are the principles and/or models more likely to bring about long-term sustainable access to information resources in mutually beneficial ways across the digital divide?

 

 

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About alegi

Born and raised in Rome, Italy, I caught the history and football viruses early on in life. I moved to the USA in the mid-80s, and played high school and college soccer. My experience as a sports coach in a black school outside Cape Town inspired me to write "Laduma! Soccer, Politics, and Society in South Africa," the first scholarly history of the game in that country. I spent 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa -- and got to watch 9 World Cup games! On the digital scholarship front, I co-host the the "Africa Past and Present" podcast with Peter Limb (http://afripod.aodl.org), blog at http://www.footballiscominghome.info and am co-founder of the Football Scholars Forum (http://footballscholars.org).

One thought on “Technology and International Scholarly Partnerships Across the Digital Divide

  1. I’d say you did just propose a session, Alegi! Sounds like a good idea to me to talk about international scholarship, so if others are interested we’ll put it on the schedule, and all you’ll have to do is show up and pose to everyone the questions you outline here.

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