English: Shared Futures aims to foster inclusivity and diversity. We are especially concerned to encourage and enhance representation and participation from minorities. We are proactively working to reduce physical, social, and economic barriers to participation and to develop an environment rooted in a belief of equal respect for all persons.
English: Shared Futures aims to have a slightly different feel from other large conferences. As well as critical engagement, we hope to encourage conversation, celebration, and community. Part of the point of English: Shared Futures is to encourage meeting and networking with people across the discipline. Please feel encouraged to be friendly and to help create a safe, respectful, and collegial conference.
English: Shared Futures is also an opportunity to break down barriers between fields within our discipline: we’d like to encourage you to go to panels outside your areas of expertise and to engage in conversations with specialists outside your area. This is a chance to spark new research and approaches as well as to strengthen the discipline.
We do not tolerate any form of harassment of conference attendees. If any attendee feels unsafe or unwelcome for any reason, they are urged to notify one of the conference organisers, who will provide assistance. Conference attendees witnessing inappropriate behaviour may also notify organisers. Conference organisers are listed on the web-site and can be identified by their name badges.
Whilst Covid case numbers remain high, we realise that some delegates might be anticipating a return to an in-person event with some anxiety. We will seek to make our venues as safe as they can be, and will up-date Covid advice nearer the time of the event.
All sessions are 75 minutes long, and, for the timing of ESF, need to finish on time. When speaking in a panel session, stick to your allotted time. Chairs of panels should stop papers and sessions that run over. Please keep interventions and questions short so as to allow more people to participate. Again, chairs may shorten questions and shape discussion. We are keen that as many people speak as possible, and from across the career spectrum. We ask all attendees to frame conversations inclusively and openly: however, respectful critical discussion and interrogation is, of course, welcome, as “collaboration may take the form of disagreement, and one is grateful to the critics whom one has found worth disagreeing with”. Finally, if you can’t stay for whole panel, please leave quietly and discreetly.