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The Ethics of Conference Presentations
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2080  Tuesday, 28 October 2003

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Oct 2003 12:12:48 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2056 The Ethics of Conference Presentations

[2]     From:   Ben Fisler <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Oct 2003 12:36:20 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2056  The Ethics of Conference Presentations

[3]     From:   David Linton <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Oct 2003 16:15:02 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.2056 The Ethics of Conference Presentations


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Oct 2003 12:12:48 -0500
Subject: 14.2056 The Ethics of Conference Presentations
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2056 The Ethics of Conference Presentations

Is there any ethical problem with presenting the same paper at more than
one conference or similar academic occasion?  If not (and most academics
act as if there isn't), why would getting funding to more than occasion
be an ethical problem?

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From:           Ben Fisler <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Oct 2003 12:36:20 -0500
Subject: 14.2056  The Ethics of Conference Presentations
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2056  The Ethics of Conference Presentations

My understanding is that it isn't ethical to present the same paper at
two different conferences anyway.  However, if the presenter is going to
tailor each paper to the different audiences and in effect, present two
different papers, it should be acceptable to present it, and if it's
acceptable to present it at all, it's always ethical to ask for money.

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From:           David Linton <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Oct 2003 16:15:02 -0500
Subject: 14.2056 The Ethics of Conference Presentations
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2056 The Ethics of Conference Presentations

I do not see an ethical problem here unless the institutional leadership
has been given the impression that two different papers are being
given.  It depends on what purposes you think are being served by giving
papers at conferences.  Common stated purposes include: 1) drawing
attention to the institution and forwarding its reputation as a place
where the professors are engaged in scholarly activity; 2) trying out
ideas before other scholars so one can test their quality.  In these
cases, there's no conflict.  However, there are other purposes in play,
high among them the need to build up a resume of active participation in
scholarly events in preparation for one's tenure and/or promotion
review.  Since many institutions seem to judge based on weight rather
than quality, then the pressure to go with multiple submissions and
presentations is unavoidable.   To complicate matters even more, just
what constitutes presenting the same paper?  Is it essentially a
different paper if it has undergone minor alterations based on prior
feed back or in order to suit the interests of a different audience?

At this stage conferences do not require presenters to sign a statement
to the effect that the material had never before been heard by another
audience, and I think such a policy would be a bad idea.

David Linton

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