Nowadays, academic publishing has become a multi-billion industry. Not knowledge as such, but profits are key in this industry. This commodification of knowledge production can be seen as a treath to academic culture.
In the Diggit Profiles, we engage in a conversation with junior and senior scholars whose work reflects and speaks to the issues we like to highlight on Diggit Magazine. We interview scholars from all over the world, inquiring into the issues they address in their work, the social relevance of their work, its public character and impact. The result is a series of interviews in which interviewees get ample space and time to talk about what is fundamental for them, and for us.
Day in day out, we as scholars use academic guidelines like the APA referencing style. This form of standardization is broadly accepted by the academic world. But did you ever think about the system of standardization itself?
Jan Blommaert: 'In the discussion on the politics of knowledge, the political-economic dimension is absent. Academics can do more and better things in attempts to redress existing racial and gender inequalities.'
In this column, Ana Deumert reflects on the politics of knowledge that shape research and teaching. She argues that in order to realize sociolinguistics as a truly international and inclusive discipline, we need to change our citation practices.