African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building

24th – 27th August, 2015, Brenda ran a four day writing retreat, a ‘writeshop’, on behalf of AfricaLics – African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems, an organization based in Nairobi.

The event was co-hosted by IERI – The Institute for Writeshop 2 (Aug 2015)Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University, where the writeshop was held. The event brought together six groups of researchers, from a range of countries across the continent. The groups are collaborating on various research topics relating to the issue of innovation and economic development.

Participants included emerging scholars still working on Ph.Ds and accomplished Professors with publication track records. The retreat enabled the groups to work together face to face and to transform their reports into more sharply focused papers for submission to journals. By the end of the four days, all the groups reported that they had made great progress towards publishing their findings.

Writeshop 1 (Aug 2015)

Salford Research Publication Completion Workshop

Research Publication Completion workshop: bring a draft, take home a paper for publication
Delivered remotely by Professor Brenda Cooper (from Cape Town, South Africa)
Facilitated by Vera Barron, Research development manager, Salford University
Friday 3rd July and 17th July 2015 10am – 12 (noon)
Four groups of three will then each agree on a time to Skype with Brenda to discuss their papers after the 3rd July and before the workshop on the 17th July.
More about this workshop:
The University is hosting an online, peer support-based, developmental workshop for research colleagues at all stages of their career. All researchers who are currently working on a paper are invited to attend.  By the end of the workshop miniseries, it is expected that participants will leave with a paper that is ready for publication.
During the course, led by external consultant Professor Brenda Cooper, participants will explore the nature of producing knowledge in different research fields and present their papers to the group for feedback.
There will also be dedicated time off line, to revise the abstracts of the paper in light of discussions and to share these revisions.
A follow-up discussion and feedback sessions with Professor Cooper will take place via SKYPE with each participant and their peer mentor.
Places at this workshop are limited to 12, as these sessions represent a genuine cost to the University, therefore please book as early as possible and ensure that you will be able to attend both the online sessions and take part in the peer support.

Eight chickens and this goat…

Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Eight chickens and there was this goat. Academic Knowledge and Not Knowing 

Brenda Cooper (Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town)

Wednesday 13 MAY: Room 256 Richard Hoggart Building, 4-6pm, Goldsmiths

8 chickens and goatWe have to be knowledgeable, us academic writers, otherwise what is the point of us? It is a truism to state that we read and research with the purpose of adding to the store of knowledge in the world. Knowledge, however, is always partial. It would be academic hubris to assume otherwise. This is so in general. More specifically and politically, however, there is the academic research about people and places by researchers with backgrounds different from their subjects. The ignorance of fundamental aspects of the lives of these subjects is not always written into our findings. The challenge here is how to fashion our academic writing such that it expresses both our knowing and also our not knowing simultaneously. My question is how might our declared not knowing be written into the form and style of our writing?