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”
In this post James Burford explores what objects might teach us about conferences and the people who attend them.
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.
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.
Barbara Grant reflects on her conference trajectory, including her first time, and the embodied panic and/or buzz of conferences.
Wearing black, spicy food and not serving wine. In this week’s blog James Burford reflects on cultural questions at international academic gatherings in Thailand.
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?