Academic Conference Panels Are Boring - The Chronicle of Higher Education
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By Randy Laist December 05, 2017
It’s conference season, and that means we will soon be suffering together in some drab meeting room. The minutes will tick by as an earnest scholar reads — word for excruciating word — a jargon-filled essay advancing an indecipherable thesis about an esoteric subject that no one in the audience knows anything about.
We’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve even been that earnest speaker. I know I have.
For more than a dozen years, I’ve participated in conference panels all over the world, and I’ve had stimulating, thought-provoking, and engaging experiences — just far, far too few of them. Rather than inspiration, what I remember most from those sessions is trying to calculate — based on the number of pages the speaker was holding at the lectern — how much longer the droning would continue.