Female scholars propose alternative approach to combat negative academic responses

Posted by er134 at Jul 08, 2013 05:25 PM |
University of Leicester management experts will hold an experiment in “friendly and supportive” peer review at the Critical Management Studies conference in Manchester on July 10-12
Female scholars propose alternative approach to combat negative academic responses

Professor Jo Brewis, Professor of Organisation and Consumption at the University of Leicester's School of Management and one of the founding members of Vida

Experts from the School of Management are proposing an alternative approach to peer review of scholarly papers which they believe will avoid the “overly-competitive” and “masculine” traits of traditional academic discourse.

Vida, an association set up in 2009 for women researching and teaching Critical Management Studies in business schools and elsewhere, will test out a different way for academics to discuss and review each others’ work at the Critical Management Studies conference in Manchester on July 10-12.

Any female scholar seeking feedback from other women can submit a paper, which will then be discussed by the academics participating in the conference stream.

Vida feel that women – perhaps especially doctoral students and early career researchers – may be dissuaded from putting forward unusual ideas for fear of negative reviews or mockery.

The Experiment represents a face-to-face version of the association's Critical Friend Scheme, which allows female academics to discuss and critique each others’ work through the Vida website.

Read more about the initiative in an article on the Times Higher Education website here