There is no need to make a fuss about academic conferences. I have participated in several, as presenter or audience, since I started my PhD at King’s. But how about organising one?
Our European Study Group has been preparing a postgraduate conference since April, and everything goes on quite well so far. It was fun when we first discussed the theme of the conference, then chores came. We sent out the call for papers and arranged room, registration, and catering. Finally, after the review of paper proposals, panels were organised and the conference programme was ready.
There were many anecdotes. Once we cancelled a meeting but failed to notice everyone. And when I sent out the call for papers to IR and Geography departments in U.K. universities and targeted at “real people” instead of departmental emails, to my embarrassment, I received a reply from a department manager, who was forwarded the email by the “real person”, asking why I didn’t send the circular to the correct address. Also, during my correspondence with King’s career centre concerning a short career development workshop to be held as part of our conference, I suggested a title for our career advisor’s talk, which she found too broad to fulfil…
Though conference organising takes some time and unexpected situations occur, I’m happy to be part of it and really look forward to a successful conference.
What is local? King’s Postgraduate Conference 2013 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/europeanstudies/eventrecords/2012-13/pgrconference.aspx