For many people, our personal understanding of time has been challenged during the covid-19 pandemic, with minutes, hours and days of the week seeming to all merge together into "blursday", without our previous pre covid-19 routines to help us mark points in time.
Talking of time, the AHRC-funded Chronotopic Cartographies research project has spent the last few years investigating how we might use digital tools to analyse, map, and visualise the spaces, places and time within literary texts. It draws on the literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of the 'chronotope': a way of describing how time and place are linked and represented in different literary genres.
To showcase research from this project, next Tuesday (29th September 2020) we are co-hosting with them an online interdisciplinary conference: "Mapping Space, Mapping Time, Mapping Texts".
The "Mapping Space, Mapping Time, Mapping Texts" registration page is here. Once you have signed up, you will receive an email with links to recorded keynotes and webinar sessions. You will also received an email with links to the Flickr wall of virtual research posters and hangout spaces, on the morning of the conference.
The conference will go live from 09.00 BST, all webinars and live Q&A sessions will be held in Microsoft Teams. If you don't have Teams installed, you can do so before the event here. We appreciate that many participants will be joining from different time zones and that attendees may want to dip in and out of sessions; so please join at whatever pace suits you.
Our keynote speakers: James Kneale, Anders Engberg-Pederson and Robert T. Tally Jr have provided recordings of their presentations and will be joining the event for live Q&A sessions over the course of the day. You can watch the keynote recordings at any time, but if you want to have the conference experience, then log in to the webinars at the times below so you can participate "live" across the day. Q&A sessions will be held after each keynote at the times below.
9.00 BST: Conference goes live, keynotes and posters available online, urls sent via email.
9.30: Short introduction and welcome from Sally Bushell
10.00-11.00: First Keynote: James Kneale
11.00-11.30: Live Q&A (chaired by Rebecca Hutcheon)
2.00-3.00: Second Keynote: Anders Engberg-Pedersen
3.00-3.30: Live Q&A (chaired by Duncan Hay)
5.00-6.00: Third Keynote: Robert T. Tally Jr
6.00-6.30: Live Q&A (chaired by Sally Bushell)
In the breaks between sessions, please do browse the online Flickr wall of research posters and hang out in conference virtual chat room.
We very much look forward to seeing you on-screen, on the day (remember it is Tuesday, not Blursday!).