Common Ground conferences are intellectually and discursively open places. They connect the global with the local. They encourage people to speak in as many ways as possible. They turn otherwise ephemeral conversations into formal knowledge, leading to systematic review by the peer community and publication in an academic journal.
Common Ground conferences connect with different host universities and local communities each year, seeking fresh perspectives on questions of global concern. In recent years, we have worked with a wide range of educational institutions including, to list just a few:
At conference sites, we bring the global to the local. Academics, researchers and practitioners from around the world gather to discuss conference topics. At the same time, we also bring the local to the global, as local academics and community leaders speak from the perspective of local knowledge and experience.
Our conferences encourage people to converse in as many ways as possible.
The range and breadth of conversational opportunities reflects our belief that each conference belongs ultimately to its participants.
We try to insure that our conferences do not exclude people who are unable to travel at the time of the conference. Virtual participation means that a participant can submit a paper for possible publication in the journal, take part in the peer referee process, and access the conference content through the journal subscription that comes with conference registration. All participants, whether virtual or in-person, can also submit presentations to the Conference YouTube playlist. For graduate students, we offer the Graduate Scholar Award, which grants a fee waiver in exchange for chairing parallel sessions (and presenting a paper if the graduate scholar wishes).
All too often, ideas circulating at conferences disappear into the ether once they have been uttered. People and their ideas are often hard to tie down during the conference, and to track down afterwards. For Common Ground, the conference is just one step in a formal knowledge-making process, from proposal submission, to presentation and audience feedback, to submission and peer review in a formal journal process. This is how the conference becomes an integral part of a systematic, dynamic and open academic knowledge-making ecology.