Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Blogging Identities on Israel/Palestine: Public Intellectuals and Their Audiences

In the January 2014 issue of PS: Political Science & Politics, Mira Sucharov and I have a piece on scholar-bloggers and how they might engage in the public sphere. Here is the gated copy, and here is the ungated copy. Below is the abstract.

This article was originally published as: "Blogging Identities on Israel/Palestine: Public Intellectuals and Their Audiences," PS: Political Science & Politics vol.47, no.1 (January 2014): 177-181.
Drawing on our research and blogging on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we make three claims about the role of scholar-bloggers in the social media age. First, as scholar-bloggers with some degree of ethno-national attachments related to our area of expertise, we contend that we are well positioned to issue the kinds of critiques that may resonate more deeply due to the very subjectivity that some perceive as a liability. Second, through the melding of scholarly arguments with popular writing forms, scholar-bloggers are uniquely poised to be at the forefront of public engagement and
political literacy both with social media publics and with students. Third, the subjectivity hazard is an intrinsic part of any type of research and writing, whether that writing is aimed at a scholarly audience or any other, and should not be used as an argument against academic involvement in social media. Ultimately, subjectivities of both consumers and producers can evolve through these highly interactive media, a dynamic that deserves further examination.

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