Concerning the 300 Euro registration fees of the “Philosophy Conference
Athens Greece”, whose CFP was just a while ago posted on Philos-L list:
Yet another conference that de facto excludes PhD students from
participating. The conference fee and other extras are prohibitive.
I would be interested to see how many PhD students actually attend this
conference. Let me make a prediction: five?
Whenever I see these really irrational prices, I can’t help it but wonder
where is all this money going to? Is everything outsourced and there is a
huge and unnecessary cost in everything? Why are costs so high? Where is all
this money going? Who makes a profit?
300 Euros JUST for registration. That must be close to a world record.
Basically, a PhD student, say from a UK university, would need about 1000
Euros to fully attend this conference.
Please do let us know, after the conference has taken place, how many PhD
students have actually attended and given a presentation. I really wonder.
There is more to be said, and more importantly, more to *be done* concerning excessive conference fees, which cannot be organized through Philos-L. But it *must be done*.
I am hinting at boycotting such conferences so that we effectuate a change, from within this market logic.
I would love to see the same comments that were made there, repeated here, so that I could incorporate them in a main text and enable a sort of critical campaign to begin and have some international real effect.
The reasons *why* we, philosophers, complain were well covered by colleagues on Philos-L.
I found the question of the organizer as to why are we *philosophers* complaining more than other disciplines, indicating a fundamental insensitivity and ignorance to the realities of the academia. The answer is simple: Apart from our ethical sensitivity, it is also because we, philosophers, *suffer more from the budget cuts than other disciplines*, all over the world.
God Bless my parents, for they kept assisting me financially for attending some conferences.
Associate Tutor & DPhil Candidate in Philosophy
University of Sussex