Of Bangor and the CEDAR mash
Souvik Friday, September 17, 2010
Back at CEDAR. This time in beautiful Bangor. I've arrived a day early because it takes aeons to get here from Nottingham (four changes on the train and an easy four and a half hours journey). I'm sitting in a hotel room and writing this while trying to focus on my presentation tomorrow and to forget about my day job. Research time is a luxury nowadays and I'm thoroughly grateful that I've been allowed this time by NTU.
So back to de-stressing and chillaxing. Also back to videogame theory - rusty as I am. The programme, however, encompasses the full breadth of web 2.0 and recent social media technology. Here's what it looks like:
Registration and coffee
Participant presentations (10-15 minutes for presentation; 5-10
minutes for questions):
Second Life as an Academic Platform: Experiencing Virtual Conferences.
Writing the Disappearing Story: Wikis, Walkthroughs and the Digital Narrative.
The MariTime Text Corpus (MariTeC): The construction of a specialised digital
text corpus of Maritime English.
Short coffee break
Guest lecture (Claire Warwick)
Bridging the Gap Between Medieval and Post-Modern Audiences of the Grail
Quest Literature with the Aid of Google Sites.
Three Stages of a Research Project: Advantages of Using The Brain, Mindomo
Lyle Skains (video presentation)
Exploring Multimodal Creativity: Writing Stories for the Printed Page and the
'Jam session' / hands-on activities (exchanging and test-running
software/online tools for humanities research)
Discussions over afternoon coffee
All of these topics are extremely interesting for me. Google sites and the Grail (Did Sir Galahad google?) and using Prezi and the Brain - fantastic. Even relates to my present job. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. As for my presentation, here's the abstract:
'Literature is a combinatorial game that pursues the possibilities implicit in its own material [...] but it is a game that at a certain point is invested with an unexpected meaning' - Italo Calvino