In this post, Philippa Nicoll Antipas re-considers conferences as sites for teacher professional learning and development. She details her PhD research project Plan D, a game-like collective activity whereby teachers are supported to go rogue and design their own professional learning and development needs.
In this post Adrian Schoone and Sarah Penwarden describe how writing found poetry can be a creative approach to engage with conference presentations and provide pointers for writing conference poems.
In this post, the authors argue that the work of monitoring gender in academic societies and conferences should be expanded to reflect the multiple identities and lived experiences of their members, in order to enable equitable participation for all.
In this post Ketaki Chowkhani writes about making space for singlehood research in academic conferences.
In this post the Conference Inference editors review advice on writing conference abstracts and explore the underlying assumptions of this somewhat mysterious form of academic writing.
In this post James Burford builds on the Research Whisperer’s recent post on boundary-setting. He reflects on saying ‘no’ to conference opportunities.
In this post, the Conference Inference editors discuss what is involved in being a discussant at a conference, and consider the queerness of this role.
In this post, Emily F. Henderson delves into the thorny issue of whether conferences are in fact holidays, and why we might wish to deny or confirm this allegation.
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?
Taking inspiration from Sara Ahmed’s work on queer phenomenology, Emily Henderson considers the role of tables at conferences
In her book Queer Phenomenology (QP), Sara Ahmed refers to the English-language idiom of ‘being treated like furniture’ to make the point that furniture is often positioned in the background of human interaction. To be ‘like furniture’ is to blend into the unnoticed, taken-for-granted objects that, according to a Ahmed’s phenomenological approach, in fact scaffold our lives. Continue reading “Conference tables: Reorienting Sara Ahmed’s ‘Queer Phenomenology’ towards embodied knowledge production (Emily F. Henderson)”