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Academic Conferences as Neoliberal Commodities

Authors: Nicolson, Donald J

  • Examines the role of academic conferences in higher education research and academic life
  • Explores a range of conference-specific issues including travel, networking, intellectual communication, social media, conference dinners and presenting
  • Uses academic conferences as a case study for demonstrating the increasing neoliberalization of academia 
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About this book

This book empirically examines academic conferences in the social sciences, and explores the purpose and value of people interested in the social sciences attending and presenting at national and international academic conferences. Using a highly original structure and style, the book considers the damaging impact of neoliberalism on conferences, and academia more widely, and explores the numerous barriers to conference attendance. It will be of interest to students and researchers who attend conferences in fields spanning the social sciences, as well as those interested in the effects of neoliberalism on academia.

About the authors

Dr Donald J Nicolson worked in academic research for 13 years and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He is currently a freelance writer. His works have been published in the likes of the British Medical Journal, Health Technology Assessment, The Cochrane Library, The Scotsman, and London School of Economics Impact Blog.

Reviews

“This is fluently written—an interesting read and also the first substantive treatment of this topic with a decent body of relevant literature reviewed to support it. The innovations in style and structure are really refreshing and I hope to see more from Nicolson in future.” (Kevin Morrell, Management Learning, April, 2017)


“This is definitely and deliberately an unconventional book... Nicolson has certainly made the most of a novel format to create something that is original, and this license also allows him to carry out work with the care and passion of genuine and sustained intellectual curiosity, rather than having to follow - perhaps narrower - academic strictures. Overall, there is a lot in the book that is clever and it seems a kind of cleverness that reflects a natural intelligence which is not stilted or formulaic.” (Kevin Morrell, Professor of Strategy, Warwick Business School, UK)

“Have you ever wondered if academic conferences are worth the expense and hassle they cause to those organising and attending them? If so, you’ll find Donald Nicholson’s thoughtful analysis of conferences as ‘neoliberal commodities’ of interest. He shows that conferences are competitive market places for the commodification of 21st century academia’s products.” (Sir Iain Chalmers, Coordinator, James Lind Initiative, Oxford)

“In this highly insightful book, Donald Nicolson subjects to much-needed scrutiny an aspect of the academic life that this is often enjoyed or endured, but rarely attracts the attention it merits: the conference. Drawing on his own experience as a delegate and presenter, as well as on an impressive range of other interviews, Nicolson reflects on the uses and usefulness of conferences: for the disciplines with which they engage; for the researchers who attend them; and for society at large. The academic conference is understood as both experience and commodity. It is a form of travel (with everything that entails), as well as a marketplace in which ideas, values and reputations are traded. The book will serve as a provocative keynote lecture, designed to trigger further conversations in its wake.” (Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool, UK, and AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for “Translating Cultures”)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Academic Conferences as Neoliberal Commodities
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49190-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49190-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49189-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 78
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