Publications about Conferences

James’ and Emily’s work on conferences 

Henderson, E. F. (2018). ‘Feminist conference time: aiming (not) to have been there’. In Y. Taylor and K. Lahad (Eds), Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal University : Feminist Flights, Fights and Failures (pp. 33-60). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan US. View

Burford, J., Henderson, E., Pause, C. (2018). Enlarging conference learning: At the crossroads of fat studies and conference pedagogies. Fat Studies, 7(1), 69-80, View 

Henderson, E. F. (2017). ‘Caring while Conferencing: the ‘In Two Places at Once’ Research Project’. Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (UK and Ireland) Newsletter, 68, June, pp. 11-12. View

Henderson, E. F. (2016). Eventful Gender: An Ethnographic Exploration of Gender Knowledge Production at International Academic Conferences. PhD thesis awarded by UCL Institute of Education. (Publications in preparation).

Burford, J., Henderson, E. F. (2015). Queer inroads : Two queer higher education symposia reviews written otherwise. Higher Education Research & Development34(4), 801-807, View

Henderson, E. F., (2015). Academic conferences : Representative and resistant sites for higher education research. Higher Education Research & Development, 34(5), pp. 914-925, View

Grant, B., Burford, J., Bosanquet, A., Loads, D. (2014). ‘Of zombies, monsters and song: The third academic identities conference’. Teaching in Higher Education, 19(3), pp. 315-321, View

Henderson, E. F. (2013). ‘Leftovers of ‘The Lady Doth Protest’: Reflections of a Conference Researcher’. Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (UK and Ireland) Newsletter, pp. 5-6. View

A selection of academic publications on conferences arranged by focus: 

Gender & feminism

Bell, L. (1987). ‘Hearing All Our Voices: Applications of Feminist Pedagogy to Conferences, Speeches, and Panel Presentations’. Women’s Studies Quarterly, 15 (3/4), 74-80. View

Bowles, G. (2002). ‘Putting Our Heads Together: Some Personal Recollections of NWSA National Conventions, 1979-1983’. NWSA Journal, 14 (1), 124. View
Eden, D. (2016). ‘Women’s participation in academic conferences in Israel’. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 38 (4), 406-421. View  
Jackson, L. (2017). ‘The smiling philosopher: Emotional labor, gender, and harassment in conference spaces’. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-9. View
Jones, T. M., Fanson, K. V., Lanfear, R., Symonds, M. R. E. and Higgie, M. (2014). ‘Gender differences in conference presentations: a consequence of self-selection?’. PeerJ, 1-15. View
Hinsley, A., Sutherland, W. J. and Johnston, A. (2017). ‘Men ask more questions than women at a scientific conference’. PLOS ONE, 12 (10), e0185534. View

Mair, J. and Frew, E. (2016). ‘Academic conferences: a female duo-ethnography’. Current Issues in Tourism, 1-21. View

Saul, J. (1992). Planning a women’s studies conference. Feminist Teacher, 7(1), 22-25. View

Pereira, M.d.M. (2012). ‘Feminist theory is proper knowledge, but … ’: The status of feminist scholarship in the academy. Feminist Theory, 13(3), 283–303. View 

Pereira, M. d. M. (2017). Power, knowledge and feminist scholarship : an ethnography of academia. London; New York: Routledge. View

Rasmussen, M.L. (2009). Beyond gender identity? Gender and Education, 21(4), 431–447.

Shen, H. (2012). Scientific groups revisit sexual harassment policies. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2015.18790 View.

Walters, T. (2018). ‘Gender equality in academic tourism, hospitality, leisure and events conferences’. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 10 (1), 17-32. View


King, L., Mackenzie, L., Tadaki, M., Cannon, S., McFarlane, K., Reid, D. and Koppes, M. (2018). ‘Diversity in geoscience: Participation, behaviour, and the division of scientific labour at a Canadian geoscience conference’. Facets, 3, 415-440. View

Srivastava, A. (1997). Anti-Racism Inside and Outside the Classroom. In L. Roman & L. Eyre (Eds.) Dangerous territories: Struggles for difference and equality in education. New York: Routledge. View


Hodge, N. (2014). Unruly bodies at conference, Disability & Society, 29(4), 655-658, View 


Stanley, J. (1995). ‘Pain(t) for healing: the academic conference and the classed/embodied self’. In V. Walsh and L. Morley (Eds), Feminist academics : creative agents for change (pp. 169-182). London: Taylor & Francis. View


Pryor, J. T., Garvey, J. C. and Johnson, S. (2017). ‘Pride and Progress? 30 Years of ACPA and NASPA LGBTQ Presentations’. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 54 (2), 123-136. View

Wilson, A. (2010). ‘Ngos as erotic sites’. In A. Lind (Ed.), Development, sexual rights and global governance (pp. 86-98). Oxon: Routledge. View 


“Anonymous Academic”. (14 April, 2017). ‘Conferences are intellectual lifelines – but as a single parent I often miss out’. The Guardian. View

Briony, L. (2018). ‘Conference Baby: Gendered Bodies, Knowledge, and Re/Turning to Academia’. Qualitative Inquiry. View

Yoo, H., McIntosh, A. and Cockburn-Wootten, C. (2016). ‘Time for me and time for us: conference travel as alternative family leisure’. Annals of Leisure Research, 19 (4), 444-460. View


Adlam, J. (2014). ‘Going spiral? Phenomena of ‘half-knowledge’ in the experiential large group as temporary learning community’. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 22 (1), 157-168. View

Andersen, M., Wahlgren, B. (2015). Conference evaluation focusing on learning and transfer. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, 11(25), 34-50. View

Chapman, D. D., Wiessner, C. A., Morton, J., Fire, N., Jones, L. S. and Majekodunmi, D. (2009). ‘Crossing Scholarly Divides: Barriers and Bridges for Doctoral Students Attending Scholarly Conferences’. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 23 (1), 6-24. View

Hansen, N. (2010). Conferences as dramaturgical learning spaces. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Aarhus University, Copenhagen.  View

Hatcher, T., Wiessner, C., Storberg-Walker, J., Chapman, D. (2006). How a research conference created new learning: A case study. Journal of European Industrial Training, 30(4), 256-271. View

Hilliard, T. (2006). Learning at conventions: Integrating communities of practice. Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, 8(1), 45-68. View

Jacobs, N., McFarlane, A. (2005).Conferences as learning communities: Some early lessons in using ‘back-channel’ technologies at an academic conference: Distributed intelligence or divided attention? Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 21, 317-329. View 

Kordts-Freudinger, R., Al-Kabbani, D. and Schaper, N. (2017). ‘Learning and interaction at a conference’. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 29 (1), 29-38. View

Louw, I., Zuber-Skerritt, (2011). The learning conference: Knowledge creation through participation and publication. The Learning Organization, 18(4), 288-300. View 

Mundry, S., Britton. E., Raizen, S., & Loucks-Horsely, S. (2000). Designing successful professional meetings and conferences in education: Planning, implementation, and evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc. View

Pradhan, A. (2014). ‘Consideration of Multicultural Learning in Conference Content and Program Design: A Pilot Study’. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 15 (1), 25-56. View
Ravn, I. (2007). The learning conference. Journal of European Industrial Training, 31(3), 212-222. View.

Ravn, I., & Elsborg, S. (2007). Creating learning at conferences through participant involvement. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 3-8, 2007, Philadelphia USA. View

Rowe, N. (2017). Academic & scientific poster presentation: a modern comprehensive guide. Cham: Springer. View

Rowe, N. and Ilic, D. (2015). ‘Rethinking poster presentations at large-scale scientific meetings – is it time for the format to evolve?’. FEBS Journal, 282 (19), 3661-3668. View

Walkington, H., Hill, J. and Kneale, P. E. (2017). ‘Reciprocal elucidation: a student-led pedagogy in multidisciplinary undergraduate research conferences’. Higher Education Research & Development, 36 (2), 416-429. View

Wulff, S., Swales, J. M. and Keller, K. (2009). ”We have about seven minutes for questions’: The discussion sessions from a specialized conference’. English for Specific Purposes, 28 (2), 79-92. View         

Knowledge production

de Vries, B. and Pieters, J. (2007). ‘Knowledge sharing at conferences’. Educational Research and Evaluation, 13 (3), 237-247. View

Graham, P. & Kormanik, M. (2004). ‘Bridging the conference gap: A challenge to enhance the research practice dialogue,’ Human Resource Development International, 7(3), 391-394. View

Gross, N. and Fleming, C. (2011). ‘Academic conferences and the making of philosophical knowledge’. In C. Camic, N. Gross and M. Lamont (Eds), Social knowledge in the making (pp. 151-179). Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press.

Haley, K. J., Wiessner, C. A. and Robinson, E. E. (2009). ‘Encountering New Information and Perspectives: Constructing Knowledge in Conference Contexts’. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 57 (2), 72-82. View


Bruce, T. (2010). ‘Ethical Explorations: A Tale of Preparing a Conference Paper’. Qualitative Inquiry, 16 (3), 200-205. View

McCulloch, A. (2018). Dress Codes and the Academic Conference: McCulloch’s Iron Laws of ConferencesAustralian Universities’ Review, 60(1), 50-53, View 

Supper, A. (2015). ‘Data Karaoke: Sensory and Bodily Skills in Conference Presentations’. Science as Culture, 24 (4), 436-457. View

Economic analysis and management 

Comas, M. and Moscardo, G. (2005). ‘Understanding Associations and Their Conference Decision-Making Processes’. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 7 (3-4), 117-138. View

Grado, S., Strauss, C., Lord, B. (1997). Economic impacts of conferences and conventions. Journal of Convention & Exhibition Management, 1(1), 19-33. View

Hahm, J., Breiter, D., Severt, K., Wang, Y. and Fjelstul, J. (2016). ‘The relationship between sense of community and satisfaction on future intentions to attend an association’s annual meeting’. Tourism Management, 52 (Supplement C), 151-160. View

Hoyt, J., & Whyte, C. (2011). Increasing the quality and value of conferences, seminars, and workshops. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 59(2), 97-103.

Kim, Y.-S., Lee, Y.-Y. and Love, C. (2009). ‘A Case Study Examining the Influence of Conference Food Function on Attendee Satisfaction and Return Intention at a Corporate Conference’. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 10 (3), 211-230. View

Leask, A. and Hood, G.-L. (2001). ‘Unusual Venues as Conference Facilitites’. Journal of Convention & Exhibition Management, 2 (4), 37-63. View

Leask, A. and Spiller, J. (2002). ‘U.K. Conference Venues’. Journal of Convention & Exhibition Management, 4 (1), 29-54. View

Lee, M., & Back, K. (2005). A review of convention and meeting management research 1990-2003, Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, 7(2), 1-20. View 

Lee, M. J. and Back, K.-J. (2007). ‘Association Members’ Meeting Participation Behaviors’. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 22 (2), 15-33. View

Lee, J.-S. and Min, C.-k. (2013). ‘Prioritizing convention quality attributes from the perspective of three-factor theory: The case of academic association convention’. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 35 (Supplement C), 282-293. View

Mair, J. (2010). ‘Profiling Conference Delegates Using Attendance Motivations’. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 11 (3), 176-194. View

Neves, J., Lavis, J. N. and Ranson, M. K. (2012). ‘A scoping review about conference objectives and evaluative practices: how do we get more out of them?’. Health Research Policy and Systems, 10 (1), 26. View

Rittichainuwat, B. N., Beck, J. A. and Lalopa, J. (2001). ‘Understanding Motivations, Inhibitors, and Facilitators of Association Members in Attending International Conferences’. Journal of Convention & Exhibition Management, 3 (3), 45-62. View

Robinson, L. S. and Callan, R. J. (2005). ‘UK Conference Delegates’ Cognizance of the Importance of Venue Selection Attributes’. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 7 (1), 77-95. View

Severt, D., Wang, Y., Chen, P.-J. and Breiter, D. (2007). ‘Examining the motivation, perceived performance, and behavioral intentions of convention attendees: Evidence from a regional conference’. Tourism Management, 28 (2), 399-408. View

Severt, K., Fjelstul, J. and Breiter, D. (2009). ‘A Comparison of Motivators and Inhibitors for Association Meeting Attendance for Three Generational Cohorts’. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 10 (2), 105-119. View

Simerly, R. (1990). Planning and marketing conferences and workshops. Jossey-Bass. View

Nature and purpose of conferences 

Benozzo, A., Carey, N., Cozza, M., Elmenhorst, C., Fairchild, N., Koro-Ljungberg, M. and Taylor Carol, A. (2018). ‘Disturbing the AcademicConferenceMachine: Post-qualitative re-turnings’. Gender, Work & Organization, 0 (0). View

Elton, L. (1983). Conferences: Making a good thing rather better? British Journal of Educational Technology, 14(3), 200–212. View

Hart, A. (1984). The culture of the conference. Innovations in Education & Training International, 21(2), 121–129. View

Hickson III, M. (2006). Raising the Question #4 Why Bother Attending Conferences? Communication Education, 55 (4), 464-468. View     

Nicolson, D. J. (2017). Academic Conferences as Neoliberal Commodities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. View

Rowe, N. (2018). ‘‘When You Get What You Want, But Not What You Need’: The Motivations, Affordances and Shortcomings of Attending Academic/Scientific Conferences’. International Journal of Research in Education and Science (IJRES), 4 (2), 714-729. View

Skelton, A. (1997). Conferences, conferences, conferences? Teaching in Higher Education, 2 (1), 69–72. View

Thompson, A., Brookins-Fisher, J., Kerr, D., & O’Boyle, I. (2012). Ethical issues in professional development: Case studies regarding behaviour at conferences. Health Education Journal, 71(5), 539–545.

Applied linguistics approaches 

Cutting, J. (2012). Vague language in conference abstracts. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 11(4), 283–293.

Hood, S., & Forey, G. (2005). Introducing a conference paper: Getting interpersonal with your audience. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 4(4), 291–306.

Querol-Julián, M., & Fortanet-Gómez, I. (2012). Multimodal evaluation in academic discussion sessions: How do presenters act and react? English for Specific Purposes, 31(4), 271–283.

Disciplinary accounts 

Education Studies

McCulloch, G. (2012). The standing conference on studies in education, sixty years on. British Journal of Educational Studies, 60(4), 301–316

Rasmussen, P. (2014). ‘A Space for Critical Research on Education Policy: ECER Paper Sessions and the ‘Policy Studies and Politics of Education’ Network’. European Educational Research Journal, 13 (4), 418-424. View

Walford, G. (2011). The Oxford ethnography conference: A place in history? Ethnography and Education, 6(2), 133–145.


Derudder, B. and Liu, X. (2016). ‘How international is the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers? A social network analysis perspective’. Environment and Planning A, 48 (2), 309-329. View

Hospitality and Tourism

Kim, H.-S., Lee, D.-S., Choi, E.-K. and Huffman, L. (2010). ‘Research Activity at the Annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism’. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, 10 (1), 75-85. View

Human Resources

Storberg-Walker, J., Wiessner, C. A. and Chapman, D. (2005). ‘How the AHRD 2005 conference created new learning: Preliminary results of a case study’. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 16 (4), 547-555. View

Medicine and Health Studies

Blanchard, R. D., Engle, D. L., Howley, L. D., Whicker, S. A. and Nagler, A. (2016). ‘From the coliseum to the convention centre: a reflection on the current state of medical education conferences and conference-goers’. Medical Education, 50 (12), 1258-1261. View

Milko, E., Wu, D., Neves, J., Neubecker, A. W., Lavis, J. and Ranson, M. K. (2015). ‘Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: a conference impact evaluation’. Health Policy and Planning, 30 (5), 612-623. View


Carpay, J. (2001). ‘A Conference That Couldn’t Take Place’. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 8 (3), 268-271. View


Dubrow, J. K., Kołczyńska, M., Slomczynski, K., M and Tomescu-Dubrow, I. (2015). ‘Sociologists everywhere: Country representation in conferences hosted by the International Sociological Association, 1990–2012’. Current Sociology. View

Sports Studies

Talebpour, M., Ghaderi, Z., Rajabi, M., Mosalanejad, M. and Sahebkaran, M. A. (2017). ‘Service quality aspects and sports scientific conventions: An experience from Iran’. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 18 (4), 260-281. View

A selection of alternative representations of conferences

Bolaño, R. (2009). 2666: a novel. London: Picador.

Kim, J. (2016). Should We Kill The Conference Panel?, Inside Higher Ed (Vol. 2016). View

Lodge, D. (2011). The campus trilogy. London: Vintage Classic.

L.R., E. (2012). ‘Conference sex’. In Meenu and Shruti (Eds), Close, too close: the Tranquebar book of queer erotica (pp. 173-183). Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi: Tranquebar.

Rees, E. (24 April 2014). ‘The secret academic diary of Emma Rees’. Times Higher Education, pp. 30. View