Guest post by Anita Perkins: Moonlighting at academic conferences

In this post Dr. Anita Perkins reflects on what it’s like to find yourself returning to academic life via conferences, and the peculiar joys of forming ‘conferenceships’ with new contacts.

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Anita Perkins at a mobilities conference at Lancaster University 2017 

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Guest post by Z Nicolazzo: “It Only Matters If You Put It Into Practice”: The (Im)mobility of Conference Knowledge

In this post, Z Nicolazzo discusses the gap between knowledge gained at conferences and its life beyond the space of the conference.

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A reply to Barbara Grant: Conferences as transformative moments in a doctoral life

In this post, James Burford replies to Barbara Grant’s recent post in praise (really!) of academic conferences by reflecting on the transformative role that conferences played in his doctoral life.

 

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Jamie and Barbara on Jamie’s graduation day in 2017

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Guest post by Barbara Grant: In praise (really!) of academic conferences: Selected memories

Barbara Grant reflects on her conference trajectory, including her first time, and the embodied panic and/or buzz of conferences.

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Picture of the author circa 1995

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Guest post by Pauline Reynolds: #theacademicconference: the hot and the not in representations of conferences in social media…and coffee

In this post, Pauline J. Reynolds analyses the uses of social media that pervade conferences – and focuses in on the ways conferences come alive in the world of @legogradstudent.

“Being the only audience member at a panel, the grad student pities everyone in the room”

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