By Donald J Nicolson
This e-book empirically examines educational meetings within the social sciences, and explores the aim and price of individuals drawn to the social sciences attending and providing at nationwide and foreign educational meetings. utilizing a hugely unique constitution and magnificence, the e-book considers the dangerous influence of neoliberalism on meetings, and academia extra largely, and explores the varied limitations to convention attendance. it is going to be of curiosity to scholars and researchers who attend meetings in fields spanning the social sciences, in addition to these attracted to the consequences of neoliberalism on academia.
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Pp. 2, 234) Korn (2000) was proposing that researchers cannot be entirely free from bias when doing research. A similar point was made by a Professor of PARALLEL SESSION ONE: CASE STUDIES 29 Psychiatry, who was not perturbed by conﬂicts of interest because he does not see vested interests as being a problem, and feels that they can sometimes be helpful for getting things done. For him the problem is not that conﬂicts are undisclosed, but rather that there is access to study data so that biases can be examined.
ROOM 15: CASE STUDY TWO In 2003, I attended an international conference run by an Association with a focus on a particular research method, often used in medicine and health research. The Association is a proponent of evidence-based practice, which has been deﬁned as ‘the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients’ (Sackett et al. 1996). The conference, held in Spain, ran for 1 week with a programme of events comprised of the reception and opening address; four plenary sessions; six parallel sessions; three workshop sessions; four poster sessions; a reception; an ofﬁcial ceremony; a sports tournament; and a farewell party.
Transcript available at https://lutube. uk/stumro, accessed January 2016) The point that I made in the three-way discussion might be seen to reﬂect neoliberal ideology, demanding a utility from the conference and a distinct corporate identity on which it could promote itself as a product. The Professor’s reply that the previous organisation wanted a politicised organisation was itself telling because it might be seen to have drawn a scholarly conclusion that was ideological but had no marketable value.
Academic Conferences as Neoliberal Commodities by Donald J Nicolson