Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The “Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements” Congress Team greets you all.

We want everyone to feel welcome at the Congress.

Please join us in ensuring that the 2021 Congress is a supportive, inclusive, and equitable space for all. 

IRSCL is a multicultural and multilingual community. Following the international orientation of the IRSCL, this congress, as previous, will have English as its official language. We will accept Spanish-language contributions, yet requiring that all abstracts and Power Points (or other visuals aids) are provided in English in order to allow everyone to follow the main argument even  when their knowledge of Spanish may be limited. Likewise, because most delegates are not (native) English speakers, please consider how your visual aids ease  communication with those whose English proficiency may be limited.  

Seeking for a truly international exchange, panels will not be organized on linguistic or geographical affinities, but rather along thematic and theoretical orientations, which will probably lead us to have a number of mixed language panels. All keynote lectures will have simultaneous translation. Panels will be moderated by bilingual delegates to help translating if needed during Q&A exchanges. 

Hosting such an inter-linguistic exchange requires of the contributions of all of us. Please speak as slowly and clearly as possible and be aware that the use of English as an academic exchange language reproduces privileges in the production of knowledge. Likewise, keep in mind that while most delegates may be fluent in English, as the diverse community that we are, we may have different accents and backgrounds. Use visual aids to guide the audience through your presentation and think carefully about how “international” your terms and examples may be.

And if you happen to have some proficiency in Spanish, please volunteer as one of our bilingual moderators. We’ll need you! (please contact us).

We believe that the best discussions and critical thinking happen when people with a wide array of experiences and perspectives come together and engage in dialogue, holding space in these conversations for a diversity of needs and points of view. We therefore expect participants to help create thoughtful and respectful environments where such interaction can take place.

Creating a supportive Congress environment goes beyond avoiding detrimental actions. To actively enhance this welcoming environment, we suggest:

  • Listening as much as you speak
  • Encouraging and yielding the floor to those whose viewpoints may be under-represented in a group
  • Encouraging and yielding the floor to participants who may be at different points in their career development; please be supportive with those who may be less experienced than you
  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Accepting critique graciously and offering it constructively
  • Seeking concrete ways to make conversations more universally accessible (e.g. using your microphone correctly, speaking clearly, describing images for anyone in the audience with visual impairment, etc.)
  • Staying alert, as active bystanders, to the welfare of those around you

These policies delineated above are not intended to constrain responsible scholarly or professional discourse and debate. Creative and scholarly exchange can be frank, passionate, and also discomforting. Intellectual richness stems from willingness to engage in contentious conversations, tackle stubborn assumptions, discuss uncomfortable facts, and explore sharp differences in values and visions. We are committed to free and open debate and recognize each participant’s right to freedom of expression.   

We value your presence and constructive participation, and thank you for your attention to the comfort, safety, and well-being of everyone at the Congress.

This Code of Conduct was inspired and created following the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s Biannual 2019 Conference Code of Conduct (which was created in conversation with, and borrows phrases with permission from, the Babel 17 Code of Conduct, the DLF Code of Conduct, and the UBC Freedom of Expression Draft Statement).