Call for reflections: Contemporary EDI Issues: Policy and Practice, BACLS 2021 online seminar series

March 31st, 2021 by Diletta De Cristofaro, in

Following the successful “Pandemic Pedagogies” and “Reflections on Research” sessions, the third of the BACLS online seminars, to be held on Friday 23 April 2021, 2 – 3.30 p.m., focusses on matters of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in all areas of our current (and future) work. This is a good moment for BACLS members to reflect on EDI as a contemporary collective, to share concerns, problems, solutions and examples of good practice. Given the importance of EDI, our discussion on the day will include participants’ thoughts on the possibility of more focussed BACLS EDI workshops in future.

The session will be informal and discursive, but we are seeking 5-minute reflections / provocations on different issues pertaining to EDI in the contemporary moment. Such issues might include, but are not restricted to:

  • How contemporary literature helps us think about EDI issues, about inequality, marginality etc.
  • Interdisciplinary approaches (e.g. with Social Sciences)
  • Initiatives already in place (e.g. REF EDI statements; AHRC EDI Fellowships)
  • Peer reading, REF reading, citation trends and unconscious bias
  • The ways in which online working during Covid has highlighted existing EDI concerns and created new ones
  • Academic publishing: considerations to do with journal content, contributors, editors/reviewers and the editorial process, website accessibility
  • Using inclusive language
  • EDI concerns related to teaching (face-to-face and online)
  • Accessibility of academic events, networking and EDI
  • Specific EDI concerns for PGRs and EC researchers
  • The relationship between institutional statements on EDI and everyday practice at school, department or individual levels
  • Allyship and advocacy

You might prefer simply to suggest a question for group discussion.

Please send a brief abstract / ideas (c.100 - 200 words) to Dr James Peacock and Julia Ditter, by Friday 16 April:;

Register for the online seminar here