Conference travel emissions and how to reduce them (Stijn van Ewijk)

In this post, Stijn van Ewijk writes about the environmental impact of academic conference travel, options for reducing emissions, and priorities for post-COVID conferencing.

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Call for papers: ‘Critical and Reflexive Perspectives on Conferencing as Scientific Practice’ (Susanne Koch, Emily Henderson, James Burford, Nidhi S. Sabharwal)

This post announces an upcoming call for papers for an open panel on ‘conferencing as a scientific practice’ for the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference, October 6-9, 2021.

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Conference Inference 4th anniversary post: Blogging conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic

In this post, Jamie and Emily look back at the goings-on of Conference Inference during 2020. We share what it was like to blog about conferences over a time where events and the people behind them have been significantly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also discuss some of our Conference Inference resolutions for 2021.

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“Are all the Speakers Single?”: Organising the first ever Singles Studies Conference during Covid-19 (Ketaki Chowkhani)

In this post Ketaki Chowkhani writes about making space for singlehood research in academic conferences.

Single Studies Conference
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When language is (not) a barrier: a tale from a linguistically inclusive conference (Toma Pustelnikovaite)

In this post, Toma Pustelnikovaite discusses the (inter)national nature of conferences and reflects on her participation at a linguistically inclusive workshop

The conference venue walls could be opened and closed – by Toma Pustelnikovaite
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Reflections on conferences past (David Clark)

In this post David Clark looks back on conferences past, reflecting on the role they have played in his career.

Tweet by David Clark (@dumfriesshire)

Editors’ note: Recently on Twitter the Conference Inference editors came across the following tweet, where David Clark shared the discovery of the manuscript of his first conference presentation. In this post we have asked David to use the discovery as a beginning point to reflect on conferences past. David’s post may be read alongside other Conference Inference posts which foreground memories of conferences by Sandra Acker and Barbara Grant

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Are doctoral students missing conferences? An interview with Brittany Botti-Amell

What impact has COVID-19’s interruption of conferences had on doctoral students? Conference Inference editor James Burford asked Carleton University doctoral candidate Brittany Botti-Amell to share her reflections.

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‘Confer-ring’ at contemplative studies conferences: Conference ethnography in a time of COVID-19 (Mareike Smolka)

In this post Mareike Smolka reflects back over a series of online conferences during 2020, arguing that digital environments offer opportunities for deepening connections.

Figure 1: Keynote speaker Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche at Mind & Life European Summer Research Institute (ESRI) 2020, ©Michael Fuchs.
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Re-imagining Audre Lorde’s ‘Sister Outsider’ in an era of online conferences (Emily F. Henderson)

‘Sister Outsider’, Audre Lorde’s famous collection of essays, is imbued with conferences. How might this work have differed if it had taken place in the COVID era of online conferences…?

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