Bridging Disciplines and Conventions: Practicalities

In this 2-post mini series on Bridging Disciplines and Conventions, we discuss some of the practical implications of organising transdisciplinary events meant as a forum of exchange for artists, academics, activists and people of other backgrounds.

In this post, we will consider some practical implications for conference organising that result from aiming to bridge divides such as those between academia, art, and activism. We will cover questions to consider when trying to facilitate inclusive spaces and to attract participants from different backgrounds. Continue reading

Bridging Disciplines and Conventions: a Story

In this 2-post mini series on Bridging Disciplines and Conventions, we discuss some of the practical implications of organising transdisciplinary events meant as a forum of exchange for artists, academics, activists and people of other backgrounds.

In this post, Angela will tell you about their own experiences of attending different kinds of conferences. They will also raise questions sparked by the conventions they encountered and that strongly influenced our organisational efforts for Changing Worlds. Continue reading

Guidelines for hybrid spaces

At the second Changing Worlds conference in 2015, we expected participants with a relatively wide range of backgrounds. These included not only demographic variables, but also individual biographies and socialisation in specific areas of life such as artists, activists, and academics (This list is not meant to imply that either of those three groups are homogenous in themselves). It meant that, in addition to questions of transgressive behaviour which we began to address in our ‘be nice’ policy, we felt that it might be helpful to make explicit that different participants might be used to different forms and formats of communication. Continue reading