Emily Henderson in Times Higher: ‘Conference organisers urged to take action against harassment’
Emily Henderson, assistant professor of international education and development at the University of Warwick, who researches academic conferences, said that sexual harassment is prevalent at scholarly events “in the same way it is prevalent in universities and most other working spaces”. If anything, she explained, “it is potentially worse at conferences because people are not held responsible in the same way”.
“Conferences, especially big events across several days which involve travel, have a tourism element to them. People are often sleeping in the same hotels, and it becomes a 24-hour experience,” she explained. Meanwhile, the living and working environment “is determined by the conscience of the organising committee”, she said.