The Conference Ends without Closing…

30 10 2009

Final sunsetNow that we’ve come to the end, the Compass team would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who has participated and made our first virtual conference an overwhelming success. The authors and presenters have been, without exception, engaging and professional to the last. We’d also like to extend a special note of thanks to our virtual attendees, who have kept the discussions alive with insightful commentary, and their openness to explore issues across disciplines.

There will be no new content uploaded to the site after Friday 30th October, but there is still much to discuss. All of the presentations and comments will remain on the website indefinitely, and we’d encourage you all to keep engaging with the content so long as there are issues to be explored, and interdisciplinary barriers to be broken down! If you sign up to receive email alerts of new comments, you can keep up with any ongoing conversations.

We sincerely hope you have enjoyed the conference – here are some things that you can do to stay in touch:

  • Check out the Compass journals and recommend to your librarian. Researchers, teaching faculty, and advanced students will all benefit from the accessible, informative articles that provide overviews of current research. Personal subscriptions are now also available.
  • Complete the post-conference opinion survey, coming to you next week. Your thoughts will help us make decisions about future conferences.
  • If you have suggestions, or even just a short comment, you can pop it in our Suggestion Box or Email us
  • Access the Publishing Workshops and Keynotes via iTunes (as from the conference website). The raw feed for the podcasts can be found here.
  • Share our keynote video lectures via our Vimeo channel
  • Tell others about your experience of the conference!

Final reminder: your 20% book discount token is valid until 15th November, so visit the book exhibit before then.

Until next time…?

Thanks again,

The Compass Team
www.blackwell-compass.com





Keynote Lecture – ‘Reading Beowulf in the Ruins of Grozny’ By Eileen Joy

29 10 2009

Joy PolaroidSpeaker: Professor Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

Full title: Reading Beowulf in the Ruins of Grozny: Pre/modern, Post/human, and the Question of Being-Together

Discipline: Literature

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Our special thanks go to Eddie Van Wessel for generously allowing us to include his breathtaking photography of Grozny in this video. All of these images belong to ©Eddy van Wessel Photography: any publication only after his explicit permission.

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Keynote Lecture – ‘What is the Human Mind Designed for?’ By Roy F. Baumeister

27 10 2009

Baumeister PolaroidSpeaker: Professor Roy F. Baumeister (Florida State University)

Full title: Human Nature and Culture: What is the Human Mind Designed for?

Disciplines: Psychology

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Keynote Lecture – Virtual Communities, Virtual Cultures, Virtual Governance By Peter Ludlow

26 10 2009

Ludlow PolaroidSpeaker: Peter Ludlow (Northwestern University)

Full title: Virtual Communities, Virtual Cultures, Virtual Governance

Discipline: Philosophy

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Join us in the Second Life Cocktail Bar!

23 10 2009

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It’s the end of the first week of the Compass Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference – many thanks to all of you who have attended. We look forward to presenting the rest of the program next week for your discussion.

This is a quick post to encourage you to join us on Monday 29th for our ‘Meet the Speaker’ session at the Second Life cocktail bar:

Keynote speaker:
Peter Ludlow (Northwestern University)
Virtual Communities, Virtual Cultures, Virtual Governance

Time: 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT

We’ve found this week that talking with each other in there with your avatars really does make a difference, especially if you have a microphone and speakers. It’s an odd experience at first but the sense of virtual reality, to go back to that old term, is quite compelling.

How to ‘Second Life’ in 10 minutes –

Step 1 – Go to http://secondlife.com and click on ‘Join Now’ top right
Step 2 – Choose a username, password and one of the template ‘looks’ for your avatar
Step 3 – Download and install the Second Life software
Step 4 – Login and go to this ‘Slurl’ -
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Abracadabra/201/90/31.

We hope to meet some of you in there on Monday!

SL1





Keynote Lecture – ‘Floodplain Catastrophes and Climate Change’ by Mark Macklin

22 10 2009

Macklin PolaroidSpeaker: Professor Mark G. Macklin (Aberystwyth University)

Full title: Floodplain Catastrophes and Climate Change: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Riverine Societies

Discipline: Geography

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Keynote Lecture – ‘Language Death’ By David Crystal

20 10 2009

Crystal PolaroidSpeaker: David Crystal (University of Bangor)

Full title: Language Death: a Problem for All

Disciplines: Linguistics/Literature

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Keynote Lecture – ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ by Roger Griffin

19 10 2009

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Speaker: Roger Griffin (Oxford Brookes University)

Full title: ‘The Rainbow Bridge’: Reflections on Interdisciplinarity in the Cybernetic Age

Disciplines: History/Religion/Politics/Ideology Studies

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Opening Remarks – ‘Why Interdisciplinarity?’ By Regenia Gagnier

19 10 2009

Gagnier PolaroidSpeaker: Professor Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter)

Full title: Why Interdisciplinarity?

Discipline: Literature / Interdisciplinary Studies

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