Call for Guest Posts

We welcome contributions from guests! srhe-conf-decor

Conference Inference has been posting since early 2017 and is becoming a great place to showcase research and commentary on conferences. It is read in over 110 countries and has been visited by over 34k unique visitors to the site. If you are interested in contributing a guest post, please read the information below.

Guest contributions should ideally be between 600-1000 words in length (if in text form), but may be slightly longer. Each post should also include a ‘teaser’ of 1-2 short sentences to tempt readers to click on the post to read it, and a short bio (approx. 150 words) about the author/s at the end, including web links or Twitter info. All entries will go through a process of editorial review after submission.

At least one relevant image should be provided, along with an image of the author if desired. The image/s should be owned by the author, or permissions should be obtained (unless the image is published in the creative commons).

Creative genres (short stories, narratives, poetry) or visual representations and photo-essays are encouraged. See e.g. this photo post by Fergus the Cat (another one here) and this graphic essay by Kate Thomas.

Email questions or submissions to Emily at and James at

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.

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