Thoughtful gatherings: Editing a special issue on the gendered nature of conferences

The editors of Conference Inference are co-editing a new special issue in Gender and Education on… conferences!

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Guest post by Liz Jackson: Theorising Grabs: The gendered experience of unwanted touch at conferences

In this piece Liz Jackson explores the gendered nature of unwanted touching at conferences and reflects on the publication of her recent article “The Smiling Philosopher: Emotional labour, gender and harassment in conference spaces”

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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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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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