Wench Tactics? Openings in Conditions of Closure

25 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2017

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Ruth Fletcher

Queen Mary, University of London

Diamond Ashiagbor

University of Kent, Kent Law School; University of London - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Nicola J. Barker

University of Kent, Canterbury

Katie Cruz

University of Bristol

Nadine El-Enany

European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW)

Nikki Godden-Rasul

University of Newcastle - Law School

Emily Grabham

University of Kent - Kent Law School

Sarah Keenan

University of London - Birkbeck College

Ambreena Manji

University of Warwick - School of Law

Julie McCandless

London School of Economics - Law Department

Sheelagh McGuinness

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School

Sara Ramshaw

University of Victoria Faculty of Law

Yvette Russell

Independent

Harriet Samuels

School of Law, University of Westminster

Ann Stewart

University of Warwick - School of Law

Dania Thomas

Independent

Date Written: August 1, 2017

Abstract

Picking up the question of what FLaK might be, this editorial considers the relationship between openness and closure in feminist legal studies. How do we draw on feminist struggles for openness in common resources, from security to knowledge, as we inhabit a compromised space in commercial publishing? We think about this first in relation to the content of this issue: on imagebased abuse continuums, asylum struggles, trials of protestors, customary justice, and not-so-timely reparations. Our thoughts take us through the different ways that openness and closure work in struggles against violence, cruel welcomes, and re-arrangements of code and custom. Secondly, we share some reflections on methodological openness and closure as the roundtable conversation on asylum, and Welsh’s interview with Riles, remind us of #FLaK2016 and its method of scattering sources as we think about how best to mix knowledges. Thirdly, prompted by the FLaK kitchen table conversations on openness, publishing and ‘getting the word out’, we respond to Kember’s call to ‘open up open access’.

We explain the different current arrangements for opening up FLS content and how green open access, the sharedIt initiative, author request and publisher discretion present alternatives to gold open access. Finally, drawing on Franklin and Spade, we show how there are a range of ‘wench tactics’ – adapting gifts, stalling and resting - which we deploy as academic editors who are trying to have an impact on the access, use and circulation of our journal, even though we do not own the journal we edit. These wench tactics are alternatives to the more obvious or reported tactic of resignation, or withdrawing academic labour from editing and reviewing altogether. They help us think about brewing editorial time, what ambivalence over our 25th birthday might mean, and how to inhabit painful places. In this, we respond in our own compromised way to da Silva’s call not to forget the native and slave as we mix FLaK, and repurpose shrapnel, in our common commitments.

Keywords: Feminism; Commons; Publishing; Openness; Wench Tactics; FLaK; Open Access; Socio-Legal Methods

Suggested Citation

Fletcher, Ruth and Ashiagbor, Diamond and Barker, Nicola J. and Cruz, Katie and El-Enany, Nadine and Godden-Rasul, Nikki and Grabham, Emily and Keenan, Sarah and Manji, Ambreena and McCandless, Julie and McGuinness, Sheelagh and Ramshaw, Sara and Russell, Yvette and Samuels, Harriet and Stewart, Ann and Thomas, Dania, Wench Tactics? Openings in Conditions of Closure (August 1, 2017). Forthcoming in Feminist Legal Studies, Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 258/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3041844

Ruth Fletcher (Contact Author)

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Diamond Ashiagbor

University of Kent, Kent Law School ( email )

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Nicola J. Barker

University of Kent, Canterbury ( email )

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Katie Cruz

University of Bristol ( email )

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Nadine El-Enany

European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW) ( email )

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Nikki Godden-Rasul

University of Newcastle - Law School ( email )

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Emily Grabham

University of Kent - Kent Law School ( email )

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Sarah Keenan

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

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Ambreena Manji

University of Warwick - School of Law ( email )

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Julie McCandless

London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )

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Sheelagh McGuinness

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School ( email )

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Sara Ramshaw

University of Victoria Faculty of Law ( email )

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Yvette Russell

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Harriet Samuels

School of Law, University of Westminster ( email )

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Ann Stewart

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Dania Thomas

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