oursin: Drawing of hedgehog in a cave, writing in a book with a quill pen (Writing hedgehog)
[personal profile] oursin posting in [community profile] academia

While it may be gratifying to one's ego when one's session is introduced during a conference as '[X] needs no introduction', is this not a bit of a cop-out on the part of whoever's chairing?

At one very small conference recently where I had this sort of intro, one of the postgrads attending asked me later who I was (as I was fairly outwith their particular disciplinary speciality, and there was no particular reason why they should have known Who I Was - I am not an academic superstar).

This also happened at another recent conference, and while this was also quite small and associated with my home institution, I wouldn't have expected my name and work necessarily to have been known to everybody there.

Maybe these days, chairs expect anyone who doesn't know to be checking on their iPhones to find out?

Date: 2010-09-26 05:25 pm (UTC)
jae: (tenuregecko)
From: [personal profile] jae
I definitely vote for "lazy", especially after watching my former department chair introduce a graduate student teaching award recipient with: "she may be small, but her achievements need no introduction." Yes, we can see that she's short--tell us about why she's a good teacher!

-J

Date: 2010-09-26 07:02 pm (UTC)
oriolegirl: (books: escher gallery)
From: [personal profile] oriolegirl
A good chair/moderator would request a CV or short bio from you in advance so they could introduce you. That's just lazy - and stupid - not to.

Date: 2010-09-26 08:46 pm (UTC)
oriolegirl: (Bucky's magic hat)
From: [personal profile] oriolegirl
Then that's just total laziness.

Date: 2010-09-26 08:11 pm (UTC)
ajnabieh: The text "don't ask me, I'm a grad student." (grad student)
From: [personal profile] ajnabieh
This strikes me as way too inside baseball--it can't be expected that everybody knows everything, even at a small meeting. Someone's first year MA student they dragged along? The person who is interested in the work of one of the people on the panel, but whose actual research is orthogonal to the rest of yours? Introductions are useful things, and I can't think of why they should be skipped.

Although, you should probably feel complimented, since it happened to you twice. ;)

Date: 2010-09-27 03:45 am (UTC)
egret: Capt. Janeway reading a paid (Default)
From: [personal profile] egret
I think the introduction ought to at least namecheck one's latest book. Seems like a professional courtesy to me. "Dr. Oursin, author of When Hedgehogs Attack, is preceded by her fearsome reputation and I'm sure we will all be enraptured. . . ." :)

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