[Air-l] Conference absenteeism?

Serge Proulx proulx.serge at uqam.ca
Sun Sep 26 18:16:43 PDT 2004

It's exactly the same situation for me.
Serge Proulx
Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)

>Dear Ulla,
>I read all of the postings regarding absenteeism at
>the Air conferences, and the truth of the matter is
>that the reason I did not attend this year's
>conference is because it was held in September. I
>don't know about other people's schedules, but I do
>have a full teaching load and it's pretty difficult
>for me to escape to a conference during term time. In
>my opinion, if Air really wanted to have a full house,
>then the conferences should be held between May and
>August - a time when most academics have more free
>time to travel around the world and give 20-minute
>papers. Hope my 'two-cents'counts for a bit more than
>a drop in the ocean.
>Peter Jakubowicz
>The Chinese University of Hong Kong
>--- Ulla Bunz <bunz at scils.rutgers.edu> wrote:
>>  I would concur with Mark Johns that AoIR does fairly
>>  well with regard to
>>  show/no show panelists. I have chaired panels at the
>>  larger
>>  Communication conferences and also at AoIR, and my
>>  policy is to start
>>  right on time with the first listed presenter who is
>>  actually present.
>>  If the other person shows up along the way, then
>>  they will have to go
>>  last and deal with it if there is not enough time or
>>  less time for their
>>  presentation. Then of course, it's also my policy to
>>  a) indicate time
>>  throughout presentations, and b) stand up and
>>  eventually interrupt a
>>  speaker if they go over their allotted limit. I've
>>  been told that's
>>  rude, but I think it's even ruder to have one person
>>  present for such a
>>  long time that another has only a couple of minutes
>>  left. Already at
>>  AoIR we allot 15-20 minutes per paper. At the big
>>  Communication
>>  conferences you often have only about 10 minutes.
>>  Hopefully people who are interested in each others'
>>  presentations find
>>  time to continue the conversation during breaks or
>>  over lunch.
>>  Ulla
>>  ----------------------------------------------------
>>  Ulla Bunz
>>  Assistant Professor
>>  Department of Communication
>>  Rutgers University
>>  4 Huntington Street
>>  New Brunswick, NJ 08901
>>  Email: bunz at scils.rutgers.edu
>>  ----------------------------------------------------
>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  From: air-l-aoir.org-bounces at listserv.aoir.org
>>  [mailto:air-l-aoir.org-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On
>>  Behalf Of Mark D.
>>  Johns
>>  Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 11:27 AM
>>  To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>>  Subject: Re: [Air-l] Conference absenteeism?
>>  At 09:37 PM 9/25/2004, you wrote:
>>  >I would be interested in knowing people's
>>  experiences at other
>>  conferences.
>>  My highly subjective and non-scientific reaction is
>>  that we do far
>>  better
>>  at AoIR than some of the big conferences, such as
>>  the National
>>  Communication Association. Yes, we had some people
>>  who had to cancel
>>  because they were being chased by hurricanes and
>>  what not, but generally
>>  people were there, and even more, there were people
>>  present to hear the
>>  presentations. I can't count how many times I've
>>  been in NCA sessions
>>  where
>>  the panelists -- sometimes only two of the four
>>  scheduled -- merely
>>  presented to one another. Cassandra, I think what
>>  you experienced was
>>  something of a fluke for AoIR.
>>  ------
>>  Mark D. Johns, Ph.D.
>>  Asst. Professor of Communication/Linguistics,
>>  Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
>>  http://faculty.luther.edu/~johnsmar/
>>  -----------------------------------------------
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>>       ---Mark Twain 
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