Rethinking the Digital Conference in the Age of COVID-19 (Joshua Porter & Fraser Raeburn)

In a time where question marks hover around the value of traditional scholarly conferences, AskHistorians are experimenting with new modes of gathering that more fully engage the potential of digital events.

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Choppy waters for some but not all – patterns of gender and ethnic equality in early career academics’ conference attendance (Claire Timperley, Kathryn Sutherland, Meegan Hall & Marc Wilson)

In this post the authors explore the challenges for early career academics in attending conferences—who gets to go, who doesn’t, and why does it matter?

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“I have considered self-financing my own attendance at conferences etc., just so that I can get ahead; however, my current salary [in a part-time position] precludes me from being able to do this.” (Early Career Academic, New Zealand, Woman, Education Department)

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Designing an accessible and inclusive conference – v2.0! (Trudie Walters)

In this post Trudie Walters reflects on her tripartite approach to organising an accessible and inclusive academic conference – did it actually work in practice?

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Family friendly Trans-Tasman Challenge event (credit Associate Professor Emma J Stewart, Lincoln University)

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Seeking Approval: The Auto-censoring of Early Career Research in Conference Spaces (Julie Mansuy)

In this post, Julie Mansuy explores the internal pressure felt by early career researchers at conferences to gain approval from senior academics in their fields.

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Conferences, hospitality and the academic body (Josef Ploner)

While Covid-19 may have halted academic travel and gatherings and requires to ‘host’ conferences virtually, Josef Ploner reflects on the merits and limits of conference hospitality and how it caters for both the material and epistemic dimensions of the academic body.

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Celtic Manor Hotel – SRHE Conference, Wales (E. Henderson)

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Capturing the abstract: what ARE conference abstracts and what are they FOR? (James Burford & Emily F. Henderson)

In this post the Conference Inference editors review advice on writing conference abstracts and explore the underlying assumptions of this somewhat mysterious form of academic writing.

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Co-Conference Spaces: A perspective on social media use at conferences from a social media coordinator (Emily Fekete)

In this post, Emily Fekete talks about the use of Twitter at academic conferences, the experiences of being the social media manager for the American Association of Geographers. She also offers some broader thoughts about conference social media use.

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Contesting the international mobility imperative in applications for academic promotion (Kimberly Jamie)     

What role should international conferences play in applications for academic promotion? Kimberly Jamie shares her views.

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‘More puerile scaremongering’? – piecing together the impact of Brexit on conferences (Emily F. Henderson)

Will Brexit have an impact on conferences? This post sets out to show that yes, there will be an impact – and why.  

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