I propose to start a campaign and invite conference organizers to consider a category for all those scholars who inhabit the shadows in between PhD and tenure position (be they postdocs without financial support from their institutions, lecturers, adjuncts or unemployed). My proposal is to use an additional criterion for reduced fees, besides the one based on student/non-student status. I propose to use a criterion based on income and funding opportunities from institutions. If the attendee has a low-income salary, and/or unstable job (which usually equals low income), and/or is not eligible for any institutional financial support, they should qualify for an additional registration category. Without such a category, a big part of the academic world is excluded from the research community.
I think this is exactly right. I have actually seen conference which allow one to identify as “unemployed/ underemployed” and get a reduced fee, or no fee. This seems to me absolutely essential in the world we live in.
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If you like this idea and would like to join me for this campaign, please send me an email to email@example.com expressing your interest, and we will find a way to organize.
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