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Bellamy’s Rage and Beer’s Conscience: Pirate Methodologies and the Contemporary University
Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University, Australia.
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies – Tema Q. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3309-3840
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany.
2017 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 09, no 3, p. 260-276Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Over the last decade piracy has emerged as a growing field of research covering a wide range of different phenomena, from fashion counterfeits and media piracy, through to 17th century buccaneers and present-day pirates off the coast of Somalia. In many cases piracy can be a metaphor or an analytical perspective to understand conflicts and social change. This article relates this fascination with piracy as a practice and a metaphor to academia and asks what a pirate methodology of knowledge production could be: how, in other words, researchers and educators can be understood as ‘pirates’ to the corporate university. Drawing on the history of maritime piracy as well as on a discussion on contemporary pirate libraries that disrupt proprietary publishing, the article explores the possibility of a pirate methodology as a way of acting as a researcher and relating to existing norms of knowledge production. The methodology of piratical scholarship involves exploiting the grey zones and loopholes of contemporary academia. It is a tactical intervention that exploits short term opportunities that arise in the machinery of academia to the strategic end of turning a limiting structure into an enabling field of opportunities. We hope that such a concept of pirate methodologies may help us reflect on how sustainable and constructive approaches to knowledge production emerge in the context of a critique of the corporate university. 

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2017. Vol. 09, no 3, p. 260-276
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Piracy, methodology, knowledge politics, publishing, copyright, Open Access
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144863DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1793260OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144863DiVA: diva2:1180093
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