The True Story Behind Academic Conferences

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This is so true.  Here is a recent post titled “The conference cycle as it really is” published at a blog titled “Not of General Interest.”

1. Call for papers comes out. 

“That looks so interesting, and the conference is in a cool place!  I have to submit something. Do I have something already written? Nah, but the New Direction will spur me to do better work.”

2. Acceptances/rejections come out.

If I didn’t get in: Mildly sad, then “Oh, well, that’s a relief.”

If I did get in: “Hooray, hooray!  So excited to go and present this work that I haven’t written yet.”

3. Months intervening.

 “I’m doing the research, but I really ought to write the paper well ahead.  Nah, I’ve got this Deadline on Another Thing- Crisis Level Admin Task – Teaching and prep – Papers to Grade. I have lots of time.”

4. A couple of months or weeks before the conference. 

“I said I’d write about WHAT? Who wrote this proposal?”

Read points 5-8 here.

HT: Inside Higher Ed

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