(In)equity in Research Spaces: Libraries & Archives

Friday, March 8, 2024 11:00to12:30
Online: a Zoom link will be sent 2 days prior


This workshop on research in libraries and archives examines systemic inequities in research and knowledge production. The format will be 90 minutes, with a panel discussion, followed by Q&A and broader discussion with all participants. It is for McGill faculty, librarians, researchers and their students.  


  • Nur Sobers-Khan, Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Exeter ("The Colonial Intervention in Islamic Knowledge Production in South Asia: From Collecting Practices to Manuscript Patronage”)
  • Marya Hannun, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (“Framing Gendered Histories of Afghanistan: Archives, Erasures, and Epistemic Violence”)


  • Anaïs Salamon, Head, Islamic Studies Library, McGill University

Some guiding questions that will be explored in the discussion* 

  • How do libraries and archives come to be sites of knowledge production?
  • What are their histories?
  • What and who do these histories include or exclude?
  • How do these histories continue into the present?
  • How do systemic inequities shape the questions that are asked and topics that are addressed in/through archival research?
  • How does this inform what comes to be valued as knowledge in particular fields/disciplines?

*Not an exclusive list

How to register

To register for this workshop, please fill out this form. A Zoom link will be sent to you 2 days prior to the event. 

If you have any questions or difficulties with the registration form, please contact Dr. Uzma Jamil, the Senior Research Equity Advisor (uzma.jamil [at] mcgill.ca) or Dr. Vishakha Wijenayake, the Research Equity Advisor (vishakha.wijenayake [at] mcgill.ca). 

This workshop is the second in a series focused on inequities in research spaces. It is an interdisciplinary discussion, inviting participants to consider what issues, challenges, and systemic biases create inequities in doing research in each space. Other workshops in this series are on Labs and Fieldwork, respectively. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.

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