The Sokal Squared Hoax

We discuss the “Sokal Squared” hoax, in which ridiculous articles were submitted and often accepted in humanities journals.  The hoax generated considerable debate on bias in academia and the quality of peer-reviewed publications.

A video produced by the authors of the papers, in which one author notifies his colleagues of an accepted paper:

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Discussants

Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast Project. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College. He wrote Financial Crisis in American Households: The Basic Expenses That Bankrupt the Middle Class (2017, Praeger) and co-authored Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (2010, Polity). Twitter: @jncohen

Gabriel Rossman co-hosts The AnnexHe is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He wrote Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation(2015, Princeton) Twitter: @GabrielRossman

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