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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Sex and the academic conference

Academic conferences involve the coordinated movement (and coordinated stillness) of bodies across various kinds of spaces. Talking about the academic body and the research conference probably conjures images of a brightly lit room, and professionally dressed colleagues engaged in more or less erudite discussion. But, writes James Burford, what happens when the lights go out and the clothes come off?

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Contemplating conferences: An interview with Adisorn Juntrasook

What are conferences for, and how might we seek learning at them? In this interview, James Burford and Adisorn Juntrasook explore what insights the field of transformative and contemplative education might offer for re-thinking conferences.

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