Is it weird that I want to go one of these fake conferences to see what happens at them?

I assume these are the conference equivalents of predatory open access publishers. But what actually happens at them? I have an idea for a piece of exploratory travel writing which was initially a joke but I’m now considering trying to pitch to the Chronicle of Higher Education or Times Higher Education:

Social Science and Humenities Research Symposium 2015

Call for Paper

We would like to invite you to participate in the ICSSH 2015, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which will bring together many distinguished researchers from all over the world. Participants will find platform for presenting new research, exchanging information, and discussing current issues. The conference will bring together academics, leading researchers, professionals, engineers, practitioners, scholars, and scientists or anyone in the domain of interest from around the world.

 For More:

Conference Track

  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Arts
  • Literature and Language
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Food Safety
  • Womens Sciences
  • Popular Culture
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Museums and Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • Oceanography
  • Aquaculture
  • Heritage
  • Ecology
  • Multi Discilinary

Important Dates

       Registration and Abstract submission deadline February 06th 2015
       Notification of acceptance February 18th 2015
       Full paper submission deadline & conference fee payment deadline February 25th 2015

To register:

4 thoughts on “Is it weird that I want to go one of these fake conferences to see what happens at them?

  1. The one that really gets to me, Mark, is MSM (Man who have sex with Men) in reports, because he’s totally made up and yet there are conferences where people do nothing but talk about MSMs as if they are real. I want to design a SIMS character which is based on all the ascribed characteristics and then describe his exploratory journey through they landscapes he is held to traverse…

  2. Inter-disciplinary cross-fertilisation rating’s going to be off the scale! What’s not to like? And, having liberated the CO2 on the nine hour flight–I’m guessing you won’t be riding your bike down there–you might as well pick up a few days of high quality meditation and yoga instruction at a pleasantly sited ashram while you’re at it.

  3. I read that about 5 times before I realised that SIMS wasn’t an academic acronym that I wasn’t familiar with…

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