On academic events

Academic events support the production, exchange and dissemination of knowledge, but also have many other functions (e.g. socializing, credentialing, job searching, building one’s academic persona etc.). Such events – including seminars, poster sessions, conferences, workshops, symposia and thatcamps – are structured through programming, moderation and use of space, and choices are made in terms of scholarly themes, reviewers and reviewer criteria, keynote speakers, attendance fees and many other factors that include and exclude people and perspectives.

(this relates to an ongoing book project on academic events, which emphasizes the importance of engaging with such events critically, constructively and creatively).