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bone picking | ugh twitter, international networks and academic housework

[this post was edited for typos and errors, july 11]

[edited again for NEWS july 12]

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It is a good thing that Freya talked to me. When I looked, the feed broke down in late 2017, so even the small number of posts I have done haven’t been being pushed out by email via feedburner. Working on this technical problem as we speak and apologies to all the feed based subscribers, who probably aren’t reading this anyway!

so Freya Kodar of UVic law  just stopped me in the LSA2018 lobby and after some pleasant conversation about important and real things, said “I have a bone to pick with you”.   TL;DR, my heart restarted, i should figure out what i’m acting so guilty about, and the bone was just  twitter/communication from IFLS and the shift from blog-delivered-by-email to twitter.

So in the beginning there was a blog, and I was in a place in my life outside of work where sustained things were feeling highly disrupted by family responsibilities including but not limited to small kids.  Putting things on the internet about other people’s work and issues was a way for me to stay connected and au courant when I was worried i would never again be able to do sustained writing.  Then things shifted and twitter arrived and that was more mobile and i would sometimes remember to do roundups of the IFLS twitter feed (which is actually pushed through the IFLS FB page – otherwise not maintained) and clean out the chatter, leaving the links and announcements and things with at least some substance.  Those roundups were produced with Storify, which is no more (https://storify.com/faq-eol).

I know i need a solution for this, because i do think that one of the things IFLS can/should do is highlight new legal feminist scholarship, to share interesting news,  to post items that might otherwise be hard to come by, etc. etc.    So it’s on my list of things to do this summer.   A partial solution (it isn’t really but) is this: if you want to see the IFLS twitter feed, i just opened up my google drive catalogue of the tweets which is a google sheets (google excel) file.  Access open here.  It seems likely that you need to sign in to google to do this which is why it’s not a real solution plus you have to read through a ridiculous amount of tweeting (i started this file to try to make sure i was paying attention to what a time suck twitter was, but it didn’t help).  It’s here.  And thanks Freya, for reminding me that this was something i was “dealing with”! Continue reading bone picking | ugh twitter, international networks and academic housework

HOW TO [BE A BETTER] CHAIR [OF] AN ACADEMIC PANEL…

HOW TO [BE A BETTER] CHAIR [OF] AN ACADEMIC PANEL You didn’t choose the timing, the format or the speakers. You aren’t the organizer. But you’re the Chair. What now?

My colleague Dayna Scott and I have been thinking quite a bit about chairing of academic panels, having seen enough examples of how it can be done so as to exclude, shut out, shut down, and some shining examples of how it can be done so well.

We came up with this set of thoughts.  What do you think? Every time we ask someone they offer better ideas or incisive critique, so have at it in the comments or get at us via twitter @osgoodeifls  #FairChair

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-sonia l

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