2 responses to “Conference World and the Avoidance of Thought”

  1. Martin Quinn

    Sounds similar to the World Sociology Congress in Yokohama last year – nine days of papers, 60 something streams including 48 in one huge sports hall separated by office dividers which effectually meant everyone only heard the paper of the loudest speaker rather than the one they actually wanted to.

  2. Martin Parker

    Craig. I do know that some good things happen at the AoM, and I’ve been to a few of them over the years. I’m not sure that this invalidates my general point though. These mega-conferences are just not good ways to encourage thinking and learning which, given their espoused function, seems rather ironic! Small is much more beautiful.

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