I was just finding out how much it would cost to attend the European Association of Social Anthropologists conference this summer, and the costs and fees run something like this:
|Accommodation||€105 (€35/night * 3)|
|Student conf. registration||€90|
|Obligatory EASA membership||€50|
|Roundtrip airfare to Dublin||€150|
|Very cheap meals from restaurants||€45 (€15/day * 3)|
By contrast, you could rent a room in Paris for an entire month (my rent is €400) for less than the sum cost of these three days. Yes, a month’s rent: which, from a student perspective, is a rather amazing sum of money. It’s enough to make one think that major academic conferences like this are structured around a sort of tacit class exclusion. They do, of course, have some participant funding available, but it apparently comes to €20,000 for a conference that’s supposed to attract more than a thousand people.