Peer-Review – why it matters

18 September 2019 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger Kathryn Simonsen.

The Ivory Tower doesn’t exist. Forget what anyone says. All scholarship is a collaborative effort. No one has ever achieved anything alone. We all depend on the insights of our predecessors and our colleagues for whatever we do. This is true for every single step along the way from initial concept to final publication. Peer review is part of this process and it matters. A lot.

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Peer reviewers: the unsung heroes of the academy

17 September 2019 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger David Dyzenhaus.

As editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal, I follow my predecessors in taking the peer review process very seriously.

Finding reviewers is often difficult. While the reward people get is the knowledge that they are making a significant contribution to scholarship, there is no real public acknowledgement of their contribution and, given that the request comes when there are always many more pressing tasks, it is both hard to get people to agree to review and then often hard to get them to deliver. Editors spend a lot of time being pesky nags!

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Gatekeeping and the Growth of Knowledge

16 September 2019 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger John Budd.

The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science Education (JELIS) has a specific purpose. While there are more general resources in library and information science (LIS), JELIS focuses its attention and its content on the education of library and information professionals. To that end, the journal aims to assist those who teach these professionals-to-be.

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Words missing from the archive, but a serendipitous clue to the mystery of montage

9 September 2019 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Grant Wiedenfeld.

Subtitles must be the answer, I thought. The question of how montage developed has fascinated film and media scholars since people began taking the subject seriously in the 1920s. Lumiere and Dickson simply set up the camera to record a stage performance, then by the 1910s films were full of camera angles, editing, and suave acting that told long stories silently. How did this language-like system develop, and set apart cinema from theater and photography?

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A Sense of Time and the Arbitrariness of Anniversaries

3 September 2019 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger Shirley Tillotson.

A historian’s sense of time has a lot in common with a musician’s. Both are about rhythms, resonances, repeating motifs with variations, and moments of change, like changes of key. If that’s how you think about time, then the one hundredth year of something is no more interesting than the one hundredth note of a Mozart concerto.

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Sounding Out the Archive: Listening to the Caribbean Artists Movement’s Bilingual Performance of Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal

26 August 2019 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger Jacob Edmond.

Fifty years ago this June an extraordinary reading took place in London. John La Rose brought together a Caribbean cast for a staged bilingual French-English performance of Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal (Notebook of a Return to the Native Land).

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After the Deluge: Rethinking Resistance in the Digital Age

21 August 2019 Contributor Blog

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Written by guest blogger Alex Wermer-Colan.

The enigmatic graffiti in the above photo, following Jean Yanne’s coinage of it on the radio, soon spread like a viral meme across the streets of Paris during the revolutionary protests of May 1968. In the half-century since the grassroots insurrection’s historic failure, however, this surreal demand for liberation has been sublimated, insidiously, into our phantasmagoric society of the spectacle.

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Leaving Home to Find Home

12 August 2019 Contributor Blog

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Written by guest blogger Thalia Gonzalez Kane.

Very few times in my life have I purchased a one-way ticket. I do believe it’s something everyone should experience at some point in their life. The uncertainty, the vulnerability, and the excitement of the unknown.

In August 2018 I gave up my apartment and left the life I’d been living in Toronto for six years to start a new adventure in Dublin, Ireland.

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“The War on Alcohol as the First War on Drugs?”

6 August 2019 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger Dr. Carole Lynn Stewart.

One of the challenges in writing on American temperance (anti-alcohol) movements and literature or culture in the nineteenth century is that people often hold stereotypical ideas about white middle class, conservative Protestant, evangelical reformers—and they are not flattering. Narrow-minded, ascetic, moralistic reformers come to mind, and sometimes this is true. Of course, anyone studying or researching temperance realizes the situation is much more multifaceted and nuanced. Once we also learn that most African American abolitionists, and women’s right reformers, were also temperance reformers, the perspective changes.

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Watching The Bachelorette: Seriously Frivolous – Frivolously Serious?

29 July 2019 Contributor Blog
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Written by guest blogger Claudia Franziska Brühwiler. “Alabama Hannah” Brown, former pageant queen and self-proclaimed “hot mess express,” is approaching the end of her “journey to find love,” as TV parlance goes. Followed by more than five million viewers each week, the lead of ABC’s hit reality dating show The Bachelorette will soon exclaim an […]

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