“so, what are you expecting me to do at open fields?”

there was an online chat taking place the other day about what could be put forward as an open fields submission. we’ve included it here to give you an idea too.

you: no worries. actually if you could clarify what you’re looking for to me, that would be great too, because I wasn’t sure if my work fit.

open fields: well we aren’t looking for anything specific as such… open fields is open because it is a forum. we hope it will facilitate, more than it will seek out compliant work, or demand a theme.

you: heheh

open fields: but people certainly find difficulty in this… i think the possibilities of open fields allow for experimental work

you: it’s probably because most people expect a theme, or a focus. so if you’re bucking the trend, as it were, it’s unexpected unless explicitly stated. I might put in an abstract then, it would be exciting to just get to share something without being constrained by policy/clinical/organisational focus or whatever

open fields: yes! that sounds great especially if it is material that might be otherwise sidelined. but that is key to your work. i think maybe this is what open fields is capable of.

you: i think it’s a wonderful idea, i really do. but this wonderfulness is perhaps unknown at this stage to people who might think their work isn’t theoretical enough, or creative. I reckon they need a bit of a poke, a kind-of ‘here is this great opportunity to explore the creative side of your thesis, you can present it any way you like, give it a go!’


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