Dropped off an author list

Does anyone else think this is weird?

I cannot attend the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association conference due to expense with my NYC trip just behind me and my London trip coming up soon—and the conference has dropped my name from the list as an author on my team project.

Our paper has been accepted, members of my team are going and presenting, and the two of us that aren’t going have been excluded from being listed in the program.

It is not atypical for only some authors on team projects to attend a conference. You spread the responsiblities around, trading off who goes where. Last year I went to PCA/ACA and a different person on the team couldn’t make it and they left her off–at the time we weren’t sure if it was a typo.

I find it really odd, and a bit disappointing. An author is an author on a group project regardless of whether I pay a few hundred dollars to be registered for a conference. The PowerPoint presentation two years into a project isn’t a measure of one’s involvement. Seems like an odd thing for a conference to make a call on.

Unless of course they deem their program as simply that, a speaker’s program, and not a list of presentations of research. But in that case it still barely works since I’m the one creating the presentation, just not orating it.

Weird. In my opinion. I’m not angry–just confused and irritated.

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  • Lauren March 10, 2009 09.24 pm

    Certainly sounds like an odd way to do things.

    London? Details!

  • Ellen March 12, 2009 06.25 am

    Did they state this was the policy before you submitted your paper for consideration for the conference?

    Is there a separate proceedings document published? Are you excluded as an author there?

  • Monica Sklar March 12, 2009 08.02 am

    If they stated it I’ve never found it in their documentation. It might be in there somewhere. And nope–no proceedings or document being published that I am aware of and this is my third conference with them so if they’re publishing those I don’t know where to find them or how to get them. So basically, unless you plan on attending, there’s no point working on a presentation for them becuse you get no public credit. It’s still on my CV because I know I did the work as do my research partners.

  • Jo March 13, 2009 03.06 pm

    My son, an undergrad, submitted a paper to PCA, at the suggestion of one of his teachers in a research class. He decided to submit to the appropriate area, rather than the undergrad area because (a) he wanted his work to be heard and critiqued by others with similar interests and (b) there was nothing in any of the materials that suggested that undergrads had to submit to only that section. (I have, in previous years, sent undergrads to PCA and they have submitted in areas.)

    In the course of corresponding with the area chair, he mentioned he was an undergrad. Big Mistake. His paper was turned down, with a rather snotty note from the area chair that next time he should have his professor review the abstract first. Actually, the abstract and the paper had been reviewed by the professor, and we had already paid the full registration, because the notification came so close to the deadline.

    He’s now on stand-by for a presentation in the undergrad section, and if he doesn’t present I am going to ask PCA for a full refund. Even if he does, I plan to have a few choice words with the powers that be at the conference.

  • Monica Sklar March 13, 2009 03.25 pm

    That is sooo sketchy. I’m glad you wrote your comment. I think PCA/ACA is a good forum for interdisciplinary presentations and I had fun attending, yet they seem to really have some procedural problems that are not insignificant. Definitely let us know how things proceed with your son’s dilemma. I don’t see why being an undergrad should limit his participation if the work is high quality. Discouraging students early in their careers is a route to leave them disinterested forever.

    I am still considering sending an abstract to the midwest region PCA/ACA conference in Detroit pretty much simply because it’s home and it’d be nice to have a trip with two purposes. But in ’06 when I presented at the Midwest region it was a bit of a bust as there were too many presenters simultaneously and too few attendees meaning generally each room consisted only of the people presenting in it since there were not enough attendees to go around as an audience. I know people say “well it’s on your CV whether 2 or 200 people hear it” but seriously, I’d rather not fly somewhere and spend oceans of time on a nice presentation to speak to a room of three other presenters.

    The reverse though is Costume Society’s format which is one room and everyone is listening to one person at a time, which has gotten slack lately for not having enough presentations accepted. There is definitely a middle ground to be found there.


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