I attended one of the four days of the conference, at which various academics (drawn from an eclectic mix of disciplines and countries) presented papers, held discussions and occasionally went off on mind-twistingly difficult to follow side discussions about, surprise surprise, philosophy.
I was definitely at both the novice and practitioner end of the pool but nevertheless I enjoyed getting an insight into the processes that lie behind working your way up in academia; for which there seem to be just three simple rules:
- a strong publishing record always outranks teaching and collegiate service
- who you know matters almost as much as (and eventually more than) what you know
- not acknowledging the truth of the above statements will result in slow progression