I fully agree with Emma, this was a fantastic conference and the points raised in this blog post are part of why it was so successful.
Emma Joy Reay is a second year PhD student at CRCLC. Her research is focused on video games but her feelings about coffee are entirely personal.
What is the point of attending conferences? This is a question I was asking myself after presenting at a particularly underwhelming conference last month. The papers I saw were repetitive and derivative, there was an awkward segregation of ‘established scholars’ and early career researchers, and the coffee was terrible. When money is tight and travel grants few and far between, it’s difficult not to feel a bit hard done by when a pricey, international conference is so underwhelming.
But, luckily, last week I attended a conference that restored my faith in this type of academic event. Organised by Roehampton’s ‘National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature’ with Ph.D. student Emily Corbett at the helm, ‘Being Human in Young Adult Literature’ was a resounding success. It…
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