“It is not uncommon within the academy for lived experience to be dismissed as unscientific or not relevant to real, objective scholarship. This is completely backward, because it is the academy that needs to be relevant to the reality of lived experience. Advocacy and activism do not diminish the validity of one’s scholarly research. On the contrary, activist scholarship reminds us that all research is inherently political—even, and perhaps especially, that scholarship presented under the guise of “objectivity,” which is really no more than a veiled defense of the status quo.” - Victoria Sanford, Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas
“Revolutionary dreams erupt out of political engagement: collective social movements are incubators of new knowledge.” - Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
What Goes Up, Must Come Down is a platform for activist scholarship through a collaboration between Feminist Studies and the History of Consciousness department at University of California, Santa Cruz.
What Goes Up... invites activists, scholars, students, artists and educators to present talks, workshops, discussions, screenings, performances and classes, both on the University campus and in a public and accessible space within the town of Santa Cruz. Our goal is to redistribute resources from the university to the public while also giving an amplified platform for critical thought at the margins of the academy.