Conference tables: Reorienting Sara Ahmed’s ‘Queer Phenomenology’ towards embodied knowledge production

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”

Guest Post by Mark Readman: ‘How to be a superstar scholar’ revisited

Mark Readman revisits his recent Times Higher Education article on acting selfishly at conferences.

mr-ualRecently I had an article published in the Times Higher Education in which I criticised what I felt to be egregious conference behaviour. Continue reading “Guest Post by Mark Readman: ‘How to be a superstar scholar’ revisited”

Guest Post by Nicholas Rowe: If your poster attracts little attention… it may not be your fault

Poster sessions at conferences are a popular and efficient form of dissemination, but Nicholas Rowe shows that the odds are against your poster being noticed.

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Contemplating conferences: An interview with Adisorn Juntrasook

What are conferences for, and how might we seek learning at them? In this interview, James Burford and Adisorn Juntrasook explore what insights the field of transformative and contemplative education might offer for re-thinking conferences.

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Guest Post by Yvette Taylor: Conference Bags: Displaying, Carrying, Tidying Academics

Organising and attending conferences involves emotional and material labour, writes Yvette Taylor

16403397_10154247165687606_5439695279808950608_oConferences involve much labour, emotional and material, and they are fraught with organizational, professional and inter-personal dilemmas, which I have felt as an organizer and presenter. Continue reading “Guest Post by Yvette Taylor: Conference Bags: Displaying, Carrying, Tidying Academics”

Welcome to ‘Conference Inference’

Conference Inference editors Emily Henderson and Jamie Burford welcome readers to this exciting new blog about the world of conferences

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The idea for this blog emerged from a sense that conferences are part of the fabric of academic life, and yet they have received relatively little attention. Continue reading “Welcome to ‘Conference Inference’”