We are weary of academic conferences.
We are humanists who recognize very little humanity in the conference format and content.We have sat patiently and politely through talks read line by line in a monotone voice by a speaker who doesn’t look up once, wondering why we couldn’t have read the paper ourselves in advance with a much greater level of absorption.
We have tried to ignore the lack of a thesis or even one interesting sentence in a 20-minute talk.Our jaws have hung in disbelief as a speaker tries to squeeze a 30-minute talk into a 20-minute slot by reading too fast to be understood.
We have wondered, “If this is what the humanities have become, should they continue to exist?”
Članek je vreden branja tudi zato, ker si mnogi med nami kakšno zehanje poslušalcev na konferencah zaslužimo tudi sami. The Conference Manifesto (by CHRISTY WAMPOLE)1) I understand that the conference paper should do something that an article cannot. Since it involves direct, real-time contact with other humans, the speaker should make use of this relatively rare and thus precious opportunity to interact meaningfully with other scholars.2) I will not read my paper line by line in a monotone without looking at the audience. I needn’t necessarily abide by some entertainment imperative, with jokes, anecdotes or flashy slides, but I will strive to maintain a certain compassion toward my captive audience.