The ‘African Studies Review’ will not withdraw the autoethnography article

Its editors African Studies Review Do not recall a recent article by two white scholars promoting auto ethnography, a research method that adds personal experience to one’s work. This is despite a petition drafted by seven scholars of African heritage to do so, because the concentration of researchers’ experience is harmful to the local community and otherwise morally bad. A. Statement In response to Monday’s petition, journal editors Benjamin Lawrence and Cajetan Iheka confirmed that African studies must follow appropriate ethical guidelines with respect to the African community. The ASR It unequivocally rejects any research protocol or method that harms the African people. “

At the same time, the editors said, “The call to withdraw the article is unreasonable. We refuse to do it. We can’t do that. We fail to see how worthy it is to withdraw under any basis in the Committee on Publication Policy [guidelines for retraction] Comply with our publisher, ”said Cambridge University Press. They also called on the original petitioners to “condemn the vitriolic abuse of the authors.” [of the autoethnography article, Katrina Daly Thompson and Kathryn Mara, both of the University of Wisconsin at Madison] Online harassment. ”

Chisomo Kalinga, one of the seven authors of the revocation petition and Fellow of the University of Edinburgh’s Chancellor of Social Anthropology, said on Twitter: “I and other petitioners have been intimidated and harassed for writing this open letter. But the editors of @ASRJournal have collectively agreed to respond in a way that acknowledges the safety of ‘Autoethnography’ writers, not us. All right then. Registered. “

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