Contributions should ideally be between 600-1000 words in length (if in text form). All entries will go through a process of editorial review after submission.
The use of images (owned by the author, or with permissions) is welcomed. Creative genres (short stories, narratives, poetry) or visual representations and photo-essays are encouraged.
A note on guest posts
This blog was established to broaden the conversation about academic conferences, so we encourage contributors to think carefully about the form of their contribution. We welcome experiments in thought, critical analyses, and creative evocations that surface the world and characters of academic conferences. We like to be surprised. We are interested to hear from experienced and novice academics, precarious academic workers, students and others involved in making academic conferences happen. We would welcome accounts from colleagues from across disciplines, and the voices of scholars who are under-represented in the academy. We encourage contributors to write bravely.
While the above represent many of the things we hope our blog will be, we also have some ideas about what we would like to avoid. Our blog is not really the place for: Top 10 Tips on Conference Presentations type pieces. This kind of work already has quite a presence online. Conference selfies – blogposts that are self-promotional in nature and have a solitary focus on the accomplishments of the author. Contributions that use derogatory or exclusionary language – Conference Inference asks authors to ensure their contributions do not denigrate others on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, faith and other categories of social difference. Personal attacks – we ask contributors to be mindful of others who may be implicated in their writing. Accounts of real-life events that critique others should be written in such a way that those implicated in the account are unrecognisable.
This being said, we do not discourage contributions from authors that move into practical advice, auto-ethnographic reflection, or that critique habitual ways of being at academic conferences.