Conferencing out and about: Academic Rituals and the Making of Territories

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The production of academic knowledge and infrastructures that nurture it are not innocent. They are intertwined with the bigger political and economic systems. Not only do knowledge-making entities make the territory (think of Berkley; Cambridge, etc); but there is also a peculiar interaction between the knowledge-making networks and the territorial branding. Consider most prominent academic conferences: typically, they function as a meeting spot for the international  academic networks that hold an expert position in the field. They happen every year or biannually and roam through the countries to be both, inclusive and entertaining for the network members. Yet, what is the relationship between this roaming process and the making of territories? This talk is an auto-ethnographic exploration of how academic rituals, such as conference participation, make and are made by the territories. Grounding myself in personal experience of conference choice, participation, and organization, I aim to address the following questions: How do territories emerge on the conference websites? How the locality and globality are being negotiated? What is the imprint of the territory in the image of academic network? What is the imprint of knowledge-making network in the territorial image?

Keywords: Academic rituals, glocality, conferences, academic networks, territorial brand

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