Critical reflections on and through experimental collaborative writing: editorial practices to foster equity

Shona McIntosh, Sarah Lillo Kang

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Abstract

Drawing on our experience of creating an innovative co-edited book form, we consider the risks and possibilities of experimentation in high-stakes writing and editorial work. Working within Euro-centred (de Sousa Santos, 2018) academic writing conventions that value parsimony, individuality and objectivity can result in sparse writing styles that disconnect authors from their texts. In applied disciplines, such as Education, academic writing can be a barrier to communication with practitioners and fail to connect research to practice. To foster a connection, academics, educators, practitioners and alumni were grouped to undertake dialogue-centred writing. Their collaborative chapters addressed critical questions about equitable engagement in global citizenship education. We found that “critical and liberating dialogue” (Freire, 1993, p. 39) in this third space (Bhabha, 1994) challenged dominant writing conventions, and invited critical consideration of liminalities beyond the self as writing became linked to knowing differently. Presented largely in dialogue format, our article will consider the editorial challenges and pleasures of dialogic, collaborative writing for equity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Studies
Publication statusAcceptance date - 13 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • dialogic writing
  • equitable editorial practices
  • academic writing
  • critical reflection
  • experimental

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