In this post, Dai O’Brien discusses spatial and temporal challenges that deaf academics face when attending conferences, and presents some preliminary thoughts from his funded research project on deaf academics. This post is accompanied by a filmed version of this post in British Sign Language.
Fergus Cat, an early career researcher and part-time lecturer in Geography, was delighted to have an abstract accepted for a large, prestigious conference a few months ago. Join him as he embarks on his latest conference adventure.
In this post Genine Hook analyses the conditions of account for sole parent postgraduate students attending academic conferences. While conferences can offer valuable opportunities for networking and advancing careers, Hook reminds us that making them almost compulsory can have exclusionary effects for students who are also full-time parents.
In this post James Burford reflects on the magic and mystery of the academic conference disco.
In this post Ali Black describes her longing for connections with other academics that are based on care and conversation. Grounding her desire within her own story of academic becoming, Ali then outlines her own initiative to create an alternative type of academic gathering.
In this post Briony Lipton writes about travelling to conferences with a baby on her hip. She also reflects on her recent publication of a research poem called ‘Conference Baby’ in the journal Qualitative Inquiry.
In this post, Emily Henderson reflects on what conferences have taught her about picket gatherings, and what picketing might teach us about conference practice.
In an interview with Conference Inference editor Emily Henderson, Nidhi S. Sabharwal discussed inequalities of access to conference opportunities in India.
James McCrostie addresses the phenomenon of ‘predatory conferences’ – and how to spot one when it emails us.
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?