Thinking Critically About Research and Power Speaker Series

Thinking critically about research and power speaker series from January to February on zoom

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is hosting a speaker series, Thinking Critically About Research and Power, beginning January 27 and ending February 24. The lineup looks really amazing, highlighting the voices of BIPOC women on the subject of integrating anti-racist and anti-colonial practices into research methodology.

One of the keynote speakers will be ACRL-OR Vice President and Portland State University librarian Emily Ford, who will be presenting “From Story to Research: Storying Human Experience Narratives” 12-1 pm on February 4. 

To register and see a complete list of the speakers, visit

The IRDL Scholars Speaker Series is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics, including specific research methods and critiques of processes associated with western social science approaches, with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice. As librarians, educators, and researchers, we welcome this opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we learn from these speakers into our own research efforts, so that our methodologies integrate anti-racist and anti-colonial practices.

The series is coordinated by a working group of IRDL Scholars. Each speaker session is free to attend via Zoom; anyone interested is welcome.