"Why the Radical Black Imagination Is Under Attack and Underutilized in the Academy and Lessons That Can Be Learned From Other Industries"
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
Theme: Leveraging Educational Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence
April 5-9, 2019
Title: Why the Radical Black Imagination Is Under Attack and Underutilized in the Academy and Lessons That Can Be Learned From Other Industries (Paper)
Roundtable Session: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Sustaining a Radical Black Imagination in the Academy
Author: Constance Iloh
Abstract: In this commentary paper the author draws from anthropology and business and highlights how the ecosystems and culture of academia can often serve as a barrier to progressive, innovative, and imaginative methodologies, research, and solutions developed by racially minoritized scholars and particularly those who study underserved communities. Author also discusses insights that can be garnered from businesses, industries, and elements of popular culture where Black creativity and thought has provided much transformation and necessary new directions.