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February 19, 2006

Ok decision AoIR this year

I have to start off this post by saying that I consider the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) to be my disciplinary organization. Yes I know they have had a long and interesting discussion on "internet research as discipline" and have rejected the notion but when research work spans as many boundaries as mine does, it makes sense that a non-discipline would be my discipline. With the allegiance to the organization that comes with the "my disciplinary organization" moniker is the understanding that I plan to submit to and attend all, or most all, of the conferences. Well this year I am not submitting to or attending the Brisbane AU conference. Decision made!

I've waffled on this for a while. I really want to go to Australia, have for many years. But the expense is huge, especially for a grad student who must finance stuff on her own. Just doing a quick check on a flight from Louisville to Brisbane, the charge is $1816.40 (not including taxes and fees). Now that is without the side-trips I would want to make to Sydney to meet my family there and to Melbourne to meet my internet friends. So the airfare alone would easily top $2000. Of course that is also without lodging or food or fun money, so the cost would be much more than the airfare I'm sure.

And you can't forget that there is almost 30 hours in transit just for the Louisville to Brisbane leg. Add that 30 hours to a four day conference plus two side-excursions and this trip would undoubtedly mean I would miss two weeks of classes, assuming I am offered teaching for the fall...which I'm pretty sure I will be. Now in a tenure or tenure-track position I might not feel bad about asking a fellow faculty member to cover my classes for two weeks, I would absolutely make it up to them in spades. But as an adjunct I hate to ask anyone to cover let alone for two weeks, it's the old don't make waves issue.

Well I have no doubt I will be kicking myself over this decision but it really seems to be the right one. I have a couple of short conferences I want to attend in Europe and the UK this summer. Luckily they are only four days a part so, assuming I am accepted to both, I can hang out for four days and save on airfare. One of the conferences has a related publication opportunities so that is a much bigger bang for the travel buck. The work I had intended to submit to AoIR as "work in progress" will be going to HICSS 2007 as a completed project. I think I had better save the money and plan on HICSS 2007, another expensive trip - though not this expensive - but with a publication if you are accepted.

I will get to AU someday, someday when I can afford it or when it is someone else's dime. Anya keep the speaking slot open I fully intend to use it before we both retire.

Oh and someone who is going from the states? Pick me up a really cool embroidered flying fox cap. My friends in Melbourne won't send me one because they think they are tacky and only worn by tourists. No I mean embroidered...not one of those ones with a stuffed flying fox on the top that flaps it's wings. *shivers*

Posted by prolurkr at February 19, 2006 10:37 AM

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Lois, I too am in the same situation. I was invited to be on a disability & the internet panel which would just be great for me and my research, but that's ten percent of my yearly income right there in the plane flight! We have a travel fund, but it's $600 a year.

Posted by: museumfreak at February 19, 2006 11:07 PM

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