Welcome To The
Open Praxis Forum

About Us

Open Praxis Forum (OPF) was created out of a necessity to showcase early career-researchers’ work, and more importantly, to mobilize and collectivize a community of knowledge creators that already exists. Often, knowledge creators can feel isolated within academia and beyond due to publishing barriers, lack of encouragement, being unable to access resources, or because they present their knowledge in alternative ways.

We are a group of University of Toronto students who, through our own research experiences, wondered what we can do to modify the seemingly exclusionary landscape of academia. We decided to create this space that is constructed by and for early-career researchers. For us, researchers include: students, social justice activists, artists, or anyone seeking to interrogate inequities or with an idea to share that contribute to shaping a safe space for dialogue.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to create an accessible and inclusive structure, schedule, and submission criteria to mobilize pre-existing collaborative practices.
Our vision is that an online publication forum which values creators’ knowledge expressions will foster a sense of belonging and community that is shaped by and for early-career researchers. We want to highlight and celebrate learning experiences, failures, successes, and creativity.

 

Why Contribute to OPF?

In addition to engaging in an online platform that aims to extend the boundaries of what defines “academia,” OPF challenges you to think about various facets of research beyond the content itself. As a safe space for learning, growing and allyship, OPF asks you to be reflexive as a researcher. We ask you to think about your positionality, the circumstances under which you can and cannot conduct research, the long term societal and social impacts of the knowledge you create. Below, you’ll find some of the questions we’d  encourage knowledge creators to consider as they work through their process. Feel free to submit photos, videos, papers, audio clips, art, or any other form of knowledge you have created!

  • How does your research and knowledge creation uplift and benefit others?
  • Do you have ongoing consent to pursue the questions you are asking? What are the implications of your methodology?
  • How are you caring for the communities involved in your research?
  • How are you caring for yourself?
  • What kind of collaborative practices would improve your creative process?
  • How can we fairly represent all those involved in the research and give credit where it is due?
  • What strategies would create a positive learning experience for you? How can we celebrate our failures and successes as we continue to grow?
  • Defining success beyond grades, numbers, and metrics, how can we draw focus towards the quality of practices by which we conduct our work?

Maintaining A Safe Space

To maintain a safe space, we need to ensure that all contributions (work, process, or comments) can be traced back to an individual user. Complete anonymity increases the likelihood of acts of discrimination and misconduct. Because we respect the right to privacy and confidentiality, if you do not wish to have your full or real name listed publicly on the website, please choose an alias to publish under. Other than your name, no personal details or contact information of yours will be shared on the website or with any third parties. For more information on this, please visit our Privacy Policy. 

 Along with maintaining a safe space for you, we would like to maintain a safe space for your work. Everything on this website is published under the Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0, or CC BY 4.0 license. This means that your work can be shared with and adapted by others. We prefer CC BY 4.0 because it promotes active knowledge sharing and building. If your work is used by others, they are required to attribute the work to you. If any changes are made to your work, they must attribute these changes to themselves only.