We’re back with the third instalment in our online events dialogue series. Online events are becoming the new normal, and even when we can all meet in person again, our digital event organisers think that online is here to stay (at least in part – we’d miss the egg sandwiches and bad coffee too much). Last month we heard about nearly-carbon-neutral conferences and a digital lecture series, and before that, we were inspired by an enterprising twitter conference and by the agility of an international conference to make the digital switch. This month, we’re going artsy, with a reflection on how poetry is thriving in the digital space.
Last month, we began our series that addresses the move online for events this year, written by organisers who had the task of pivoting from in-person to online amid the pandemic. Last time, we heard from the organisers of Entangled Modernities and Pandemic, Crisis and Modern Studies. This time, Tim Satterthwaite from Future States tells us why the environmentally-friendly move online is here to stay, and Bryony Armstrong, co-convenor of Durham University’s Late Summer Lecture Series, talks about why the possibility of a global audience is a blessing and a curse. Continue reading “Online Events Dialogue #2”
This time last year, many of us had enjoyed a summer zooming (no, not that kind of zoom) around the UK and further afield, attending and presenting at conferences, symposiums and seminars. Thinking back to last October, many of us had just returned home from the Modernist Studies Association (MSA) Conference 2019 in Toronto. This year, along with many other conferences and events, MSA has been moved online – we were able to watch the roundtable of authors celebrating MSA’s First Book Prize from the comfort of our own homes. This inspiring and insightful event is also available to watch if you missed it live, meaning online events like these are widely accessible and largely open-access. Academia has had to adapt this year, suddenly finding itself unable to hop on a train or flight to attend conferences, meet people and engage with new research.