Workshop Opportunity: NiCHE New Scholars Place and Placelessness 2011

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The New Scholars group of the Network in Canadian History and Environment would like to invite submissions for the 2nd annual Place and Placelessness Online Workshop, taking place October 7-8, 2011.

This online skype-based symposium is intended for graduate students and recently graduated scholars from all disciplines that seek to better understand the complex relationships between nature and culture. The workshop attempts to replicate the collegiate atmosphere of a shared-space meeting by using a variety of internet tools, including Skype, WordPress, Google Maps, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to share ideas and participate in engaged discussion. This model should appeal especially to those who are eager for academic gatherings without the cost or carbon footprint of in-person meetings.

Although the expectation is that most submissions will come in the form of in-progress pieces of writing, the organizers welcome submissions of alternative multi-media projects that utilize online tools to stimulate arguments about our relationship with local, regional, and transnational environments.

All interested contributors should submit a CV, as well as a 200-300 word abstract outlining their topic, what format their contribution will take, and how their paper or project aims to broaden, illustrate or complicate the notion of ‘seasons’.

This theme is loosely defined, and may include perspectives on:

the four seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter)
hunting and fishing seasons
seasonal migration
sporting or fashion seasons
seasoned timber/food
or any other creative sub-category

The organizers would also like to invite others not submitting papers/projects to ‘attend’ the workshop as participants. This two-day event will take place entirely online, using Skype to communicate, and the website to provide access to the program, papers, presentations, blog posts, feedback, and links to relevant websites. All participants will receive a FREE Skype headset. The workshop has no registration fee, but only limited space, so sign up early.

Please also take a look at our Call for Short Films available on the website. Films will eventually be uploaded to Youtube a few days before the workshop, and will form the content for the plenary discussion. The films will be viewed by workshop participants prior to the plenary discussion on the last day.

Any questions and registration inquiries can be directed to awatson@yorku.ca.

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