14.0037 down with conferences

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       [1] From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim@panix.com> (19)
             Subject: Re: 14.0033 down with conferences

       [2] From: "Norman D. Hinton" <hinton@springnet1.com> (5)
             Subject: Re: 14.0033 down with conferences

             Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 09:05:17 +0100
             From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim@panix.com>
             Subject: Re: 14.0033 down with conferences

    This is oddly out of context; as I said in my original post, I was not
    speaking about conditions abroad. Too often I've been asked to speak at
    conferences in the US (or be a panelist, etc.) - and have then been asked
    to pay conference fees, travel, and accommodation. I am unaffiliated, and
    simply do not have this kind of money - a position a great many people I
    know are in. The result is that conferences become a kind of elitist
    filtering; we have no departments behind us, etc.

    I should say I am furious about this; it is not enough that we have to
    think our way - but that we should also pay for the presentation of our

    I realize that some conferences are strapped, particularly academic ones,
    but I strongly believe that FROM THE BEGINNING accommodation has to be
    made for the poor and/or unaffiliated. Without that, intellectual life in
    America will continue on its foreclosed managerial and self-congratula-
    tory path.

    Alan Sondheim

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             Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 09:05:51 +0100
             From: "Norman D. Hinton" <hinton@springnet1.com>
             Subject: Re: 14.0033 down with conferences

    Do people actually think that it doesn't cost anything to put on a
    conference, or that the host University will pay all the costs ? Both
    notions are wrong. If you don't want to pay the fees, don't go. It's
    pretty simple.

    I gather some people feel forced to attend conferences -- I have never
    been in a school that insists on attendance..

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