Jotwell: Filtering information overload (what articles to read); also shameless self promotion, and "critical praise"

I’ve posted here about Jotwell before. Five times, it seems.  But recently I posted an announcement of a new Jotwell equality section.  Kim Brooks, Dean of Dalhousie Law, and I are the section editors, and the contributors are an amazing list of equality scholars (listed below – for links and pictures, click here).  Jotwell offers one way out of the dilemma of “what to read next when there’s too much out there”, and a related dilemma of increasing niche-ification, where suddenly people who work in a very similar area to you don’t read any of the same things – and only about 3 people in the world read the things you read.  There are obviously good reasons why this happens, but when another result is that it’s difficult to have academic conversation even with people who are, broadly speaking, in your field, it’s frustrating.

With that in mind, my own Jotwell “jot” (this is what they are called), went up recently. Would you like to read it (jots aren’t per se summaries, but they do have to indicate why the editor liked the recommend piece, and they are short)?  Ruthann Robson, one of the contributing editors, then posted on my post.  See? Connections.  And one author of the piece wrote me a lovely note of thanks.

You should know that Prof. Michael Froomkin, who runs Jotwell, is serious about the “liking lots” part of Jotwell’s mission.  You have to like the piece enough to say only good things.  This may not initially seem “critical” enough.  Yet the struggle to get my mind around the notion that rather than seeking to criticize, I needed to critically examine how the piece is excellent was itself instructive about how I have trained my thinking.  Something new – critical praise.


Contributing Editors of the Jotwell Equality Section

Professor Davina Cooper University of Kent Law School

Professor Elaine Craig  Dalhousie University – Schulich School of Law

Professor Margaret Davies Flinders University School of Law

Professor Katherine Franke Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law Columbia Law School

Professor Isabel Grant University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law

Professor Robert Leckey McGill University, Faculty of Law

Professor Val Napoleon University of Alberta

Professor Camile Nelson Dean and Professor of Law Suffolk University Law School

Professor Ruthann Robson Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor City University of New York School of Law

Professor Toni Williams University of Kent Law School

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