In 2017, I embarked on what I thought was going to be a small side project on who speaks in #geography and from where. I wanted to see how far we are in #decolonizing our discipline.

The project became a three-year undertaking and I was not prepared for what I would find.
2/14 Most of our journals are poorly equipped for #decolonizing knowledge. 90% of editors and 82% of board members come from a small set of Anglophone countries.

Editors and boards are more Anglophone than authors, which does not help in diversifying the origins of authors.
3/14 The situation is even more dire with handbooks and progress reports, where 93%+ authors and editors are from Anglophone countries. This makes agenda-setters a rather homogenous bunch, language-wise.
4/14 The #GlobalSouth is doing poorly among editorial board members, but the situation of the #GlobalEast is disastrous (<1% of board members). The promise of rejoining the West after the fall of the iron curtain rings hollow here.
5/14 That you have a high share of women on your editorial board does not mean that you will have many non-Anglophones on your board. Gender equality does not guard against Anglocentrism.
6/14 The good news is: it’s really not very hard to change much of this.
1) Think more about where editors, board members, authors and reviewers come from when you recruit them. 2) Make language an issue.
3) More below.
Here are three personal actions each and everyone of us can take:
1)Cite more-than-Anglophone authors (say at least 20% for your next paper)
2)Invite more-than-Anglophone guest speakers to your uni
3)Assign more-than-Anglophone authors in your syllabi
So, if with all the decolonial theorizing, we could do those few practical things, we would already be a big step ahead – in making geography a discipline of the world in the true sense of the term. #decolonize
If you want to dig deeper, here is the tetralogy of papers from which the figures above are drawn.
I could not have done this without my collaborators Nadja Imhof, @CarolinSchurr @Amaurotum @hourlogic.
Thanks also to the countless others who push the decolonial and language agenda, @rikjaz @JulietJFall @spaceforpeace @SaraFregonese, Sarah Radcliffe and my team in Lausanne @M3_UNIL
Introducing the notion of linguistic privilege, the article establishes language as an important dimension of epistemic struggle. Its analysis finds the greatest linguistic privilege in the most influential positions in knowledge production.
Our graphic shows how the
majority of geography journals still remain strongly anchored in Anglophone countries. A few
journals, however, lead the way in the decolonial imperative to decentre knowledge production.
This paper shows how academics from the postsocialist countries of the Global East are increasingly claiming a voice in the publishing space of international geography journals. Yet, their roles as gatekeepers of academic knowledge are much weaker.
Journals therefore need to put gender equity (but also racial and language equality) on the agenda to create more space for the lives and experiences of those living outside the white Anglosphere—in the Global South and East but also in the North.

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