4. FAQs

I want to propose a stream. When responding to the call for streams do I need to propose a readymade series of papers/presentations?

No. Streams proposals are written to be included in a call for papers. As part of the ethos of the conference is to encourage conversations among emergent academics and to bring new people into conversation, the call for papers should be written with the intention to encourage responses from potential participants who are unknown. You may of course have some speakers in mind (and we encourage stream organisers to publicise their stream among their networks) but their potential contributions will be subject to the same review process that occurs with papers proposed in response to the public Call For Papers (See ‘What is the selection process for papers?’ below).

What funds are available for travel to the conference?

LCCT is run by volunteers and funded from a mix of sources – from host departments’/institutions’ budgets, from publishers’ stalls, and so on. Conference registration is free. As a consequence, our budget is very limited and we cannot currently offer travel bursaries or money to cover expenses.

What is the selection process for papers?

Stream organisers make all the initial decisions about papers proposed to their streams. Once they have formulated what their ideal stream is, the stream organisers from the entire conference along with the collective get together for a mega-meeting (the ‘Big Meeting’) where each stream, panel and paper is reviewed. The purpose of this mega-meeting is to ensure consistency of quality in the papers, but also to look more broadly at how well panels come together as conversations. All the papers from each stream that were rejected based on ill fit are considered at this stage by the group to consider if they may fit somewhere else, or if a new stream or panel might be formed to include them. No acceptance or rejection can be confirmed until after the mega-meeting.

Where is the LCCT based?

Although the LCCT is London based it is not based at any one institution. Instead it is hosted at a different institution each year. We hope that it will visit a number of London’s universities in the years to come.

Who is in charge of the LCCT?

No one individual is in charge of running the conference. The conference organisers are a group people who have got involved in the helping with the conference over past years (often first as stream coordinators). It is hence run by an always-evolving “collective” who attend meetings and are in regular online contact with each other.

Does the LCCT provide opportunities for publishing/output in print?

We are in the early stages of setting up the London Journal of Critical Thought, which will be hosted by the School of Advanced Study’s Open Journals platform at the University of London. This will act, at least at first, as a selective proceedings journal. Details of the journal will be released as it progresses.

I want to present a paper but am worried about being recorded.

This isn’t a problem. On our website we like to include audio and/or video recordings of previous conference sessions, but being recorded is by no means a necessary condition of presenting. Being recorded is opt-in; we won’t make anything available without your explicit permission being given.

Sample stream proposals