Barker et al. (2011)
Barker, M., Richards, C., Jones, R. & Monro, S. (2011). BiReCon: An International Academic Conference on Bisexuality. Journal of Bisexuality, 11 (2), 157-170.
Thursday 26th of August 2010 saw the first international BiReCon event. It took place in London on the day preceding the tenth international conference on bisexuality (10 ICB), which was organised that year by the UK bisexual convention (BiCon). The aim of BiReCon was to bring together researchers and academics with activists, organisations and community members to develop, disseminate and discuss research and theory about bisexuality. It was suggested on the day that this may have been the first truly international academic conference focusing on bisexuality, and it is hoped that it will be the first of many.
In this paper we will provide some history of the BiReCon event, within the broader context of bisexuality in Britain today. We will then give a brief overview of the BiReCon event as we experienced it, and draw out some points from the day to be taken forward into the future. We are grateful to the Journal of Bisexuality for their huge support, and for devoting this special issue to BiReCon and 10 ICB. We hope that this paper is a good introduction to the following range of articles and commentaries drawn from what was an invigorating and stimulating event.