Conference Ambassador Programmes (Tony Rogers)

Most accounts on conferences emerge from the point of view of the field, and the knowledge production and learning that these gatherings enable. In this post Tony Rogers examines conferences from the perspective of place and introduces Conference Ambassador Programmes.

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Organising, funding and participating in care-friendly conferences (Emily F. Henderson)

Conference Inference co-editor Emily Henderson presents the outputs from her ‘In Two Places at Once’ study on conferences and care.

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‘In Two Places at Once’ by Rhiannon Nichols

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Guest post by J. Daniel Luther: ‘Queer’ Asia 2018 – Towards a decolonial network and platform

In this post, J. Daniel Luther discusses the ethos, constraints, and activities of the annual ‘Queer’ Asia conferences and film festival and the struggles and challenges faced therein, including organising across state borders, negotiating financial limitations, and disciplinary boundaries.

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Discussing the Discussant – a Queer-ish Role?

In this post, the Conference Inference editors discuss what is involved in being a discussant at a conference, and consider the queerness of this role.

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Thierry Leuscher and Emily Henderson after Discussant Role Day at University of the Free State

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Guest post by Donald Nicolson: The problem of thinking about conferences and Return on Investment (ROI)

Can we measure the return on investment of conferences? In this post Donald Nicolson outlines why this question is challenging to answer, and outlines some of the reasons it may not be the best question to ask when thinking about the value of conferences.

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Guest post by Maddie Breeze: Conferences and seriousness – thinking with roller derby about academic legitimacy

What do roller derby and academic conferences have in common? Maddie Breeze discusses issues of ‘being taken seriously’ in both contexts.

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Interview with Nicholas Rowe: Conferences – ‘When you get what you want, but not what you need’

An interview with conferences scholar Nicholas Rowe to mark his new publication in ‘International Journal of Research in Education and Science’.

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