Benefits and challenges of attending academic conferences for doctoral students in Global South contexts (Caroline Agboola, Helen Linonge-Fontebo, Sahmicit Kumswa)

This post includes commentary on the benefits and the exclusionary challenges of attending conferences – as well as the vital importance of funding bursaries.

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Reflections on conferences past (David Clark)

In this post David Clark looks back on conferences past, reflecting on the role they have played in his career.

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Editors’ note: Recently on Twitter the Conference Inference editors came across the following tweet, where David Clark shared the discovery of the manuscript of his first conference presentation. In this post we have asked David to use the discovery as a beginning point to reflect on conferences past. David’s post may be read alongside other Conference Inference posts which foreground memories of conferences by Sandra Acker and Barbara Grant

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Are doctoral students missing conferences? An interview with Brittany Botti-Amell

What impact has COVID-19’s interruption of conferences had on doctoral students? Conference Inference editor James Burford asked Carleton University doctoral candidate Brittany Botti-Amell to share her reflections.

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Why do doctoral students attend conferences? (Omolabake Fakunle)

In this post the reasons why doctoral students attend conferences are contrasted with normative assumptions within institutions, thus illustrating a gap in harmonising three key factors in doctoral education: student motivations, professional expectations and institutional support.

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Teaching & Learning Conferences as sites of belonging for experienced professionals who are new to academia (Julia Hope)

In this post, conferences are shown to be important locations for the renegotiation of professional identity for dual professional academics.

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Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise by Kate Carruthers Thomas

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Choppy waters for some but not all – patterns of gender and ethnic equality in early career academics’ conference attendance (Claire Timperley, Kathryn Sutherland, Meegan Hall & Marc Wilson)

In this post the authors explore the challenges for early career academics in attending conferences—who gets to go, who doesn’t, and why does it matter?

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“I have considered self-financing my own attendance at conferences etc., just so that I can get ahead; however, my current salary [in a part-time position] precludes me from being able to do this.” (Early Career Academic, New Zealand, Woman, Education Department)

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Seeking Approval: The Auto-censoring of Early Career Research in Conference Spaces (Julie Mansuy)

In this post, Julie Mansuy explores the internal pressure felt by early career researchers at conferences to gain approval from senior academics in their fields.

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How Can Conferences Be More Inclusive of Contingent/Non-Tenure-Track Faculty? (Nicole Seymour)

Nicole Seymour reflects on how conferences can be more inclusive for precarious, contingent, non-tenure-track faculty and independent scholars.

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Conference or recruitment fair? China’s new hybrid academic events (Xuemeng Cao)

In this post, Xuemeng Cao reflects on conferences held by Chinese universities which combine research dissemination, recruitment and networking.

Outside the main hall of the venue (Xuemeng Cao)
Outside the main hall of the venue (Xuemeng Cao)

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Saying ‘no’ to conference opportunities (James Burford)

In this post James Burford builds on the Research Whisperer’s recent post on boundary-setting. He reflects on saying ‘no’ to conference opportunities.

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