Creative Disruption in Scholarship: The Ullapoolism Manifesto

Sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Recorded on 10/18/2023
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 355

The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition book cover

In the third episode of this four-part series, our guests chat about their manifesto on arts-based research, “…designed to fuel discontent and discomfort, to amuse and entertain, but also to unite a critical and creative movement.” Beth Driscoll, Associate Professor of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne, and Claire Squires, Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling, and the editors of The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition, walk through a few of the principles, starting with “Scholarly Direct Action.” This idea highlights how scholarship functions as a form of activism, underscoring the impact of research outside of academia. They also review principle number five, “The Predicament,” which states, “…when circumstances demand it, we reject ethical hypochondria, we resist the requirements for prior ethics approval, we refuse to limit harm for those in positions of power, and we insist on improper research.” They dive into the potentially controversial nature of this statement, and its goal to not outright reject ethical processes but instead nurture a “rebellious spirit.”

About the guests:

Beth Driscoll headshot

Beth Driscoll
Associate Professor of Publishing and Communications
University of Melbourne

Beth Driscoll is Associate Professor of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. Her books include The New Literary Middlebrow: Tastemakers and Reading in the Twenty-First Century (2014) and, with Kim WiIlkins and Lisa Fletcher, Genre Worlds (2022). With Claire Squires, she is the co-founder of Ullapoolism.

Claire Squires headshot

Claire Squires
Professor of Publishing Studies
University of Stirling

Claire Squires is Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. Her publications include Marketing Literature: the Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain and as co-editor The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain Vol 7: The Twentieth Century and Beyond. With Beth Driscoll, she is co-founder of Ullapoolism.

Enjoy the conversation? Listen to the rest of the series:

Check out our previous series with Wilfrid Laurier University Press:
– Performing Female Blackness
– Canadian Poetry Today
– Animal Studies, Postcolonial Literature, and Multispecies Modernity
– Unpacking the Personal Library
– Cultivating Indigenous Studies

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