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

Presentations for October 29

29 10 2009

Keynote: Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville): Reading Beowulf in the Ruins of Grozny: Pre/modern, Post/human, and the Question of Being‐Together

Paper: P. Grady Dixon (Mississippi State University) & Adam J Kalkstein (United States Military Academy): Climate–Suicide Relationships: A Research Problem in Need of Geographic Methods and Cross‐Disciplinary Perspectives
Scott Greene (University of Oklahoma)
Victoria Likhvar (National Institute for Environmental Studies)
Neville Nicholls (Monash University)
Darren Ruddell (Arizona State University)

Paper: Nicole Mathieu (CNRS, University of Paris): Constructing an interdisciplinary concept of sustainable urban milieu

Publishing workshop: Greg Maney (Hofstra University): How to Survive the Review Process

Presentations for Wednesday 28th October

28 10 2009

Paper: Diane Crane (University of Pennsylvania): Cultural Sociology and Other Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity in the Cultural Sciences

Gabriel Ignatow (University of North Texas)
Mark Jacobs (George Mason University)

Paper: Christine Mallinson (University of Maryland): Sociolinguistics and Sociology: Current Directions, Future Partnerships

Richard Cameron (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Robin Dodsworth (North Carolina State University)

Publishing workshop: Catherine Sanderson (Amherst College): The Joys and Sorrows of Writing an Undergraduate Textbook

Meet the Speakers in Second Life

27 10 2009

Snapshot_012We would like to invite you to join Ms. Vanessa Lafaye, the Compass Team and your fellow conference attendees in our Second Life conference cocktail bar for a meet and greet session. The SLUrl is and the session starts at 9.00-10.00am GMT (15 hours from now).

See you there!

Presentations for Tuesday 27th October

27 10 2009

Here’s a reminder of the sessions that will go live on the conference site tomorrow. Do drop in and join the discussion – just use the Comments Box at the bottom of each page!

  • Keynote: Roy Baumeister (Florida State University): Human Nature and Culture: What is the Human Mind Designed for?
  • Paper: Sheila Hones (University of Tokyo): Text as It Happens: Literary Geography
    • Commentators:
    • Michael Crang (University of Durham)
    • James Kneale (University College London)
  • Paper: Stefan Müller (University of Duisburg-Essen): Equal Representation of Time and Space: Arno Peters’ Universal History

  • Publishing workshop: Devonya Havis (Canisius College): Teaching with Compass

Presentations for Monday 26th October

25 10 2009

The first week of the conference has been terrific, and we have another week of thought-provoking presentations for you.  Of course, everything from last week is still available, and still open for comments.   There are several lively discussions going on – why not join in and maybe win a free book?

Presentations for 26th October
Keynote: Peter Ludlow (Northwestern University) Virtual Communities, Virtual Cultures, Virtual Governance
Paper: Adam Brown (Deakin University): Beyond ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’: Breaking Down Binary Oppositions in Holocaust Representations of ‘Privileged’ Jews
Paper: Brian V. Klocke (State University of New York, Plattsburgh) & Glenn Muschert (Miami University): A Hybrid Model of Moral Panics: Synthesizing the Theory and Practice of Moral Panic Research
Publishing workshop: Vanessa Lafaye (Wiley‐Blackwell): The Secret to Online Publishing Success
Meet the Speaker SecondLife Cocktail Bar: Keynote speaker, Peter Ludlow, 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT




Reminder of presentations so far

23 10 2009

It’s the end of week 1 and we’ve got a great line-up for you today, but unlike with ‘ordinary’ conferences, you can still access all the previous presentations and add your comments at any time. There are some great discussions going on, so why not join in – and maybe win a free book for the best comment of the day!


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