The unconference is free and open to all Bard faculty and staff, and includes coffee, lunch, and childcare. However, please register in advance to help us prepare for the day. The brief form that follows will include opportunities for you to sign up for lunch; provide information about accommodation and childcare needs; propose a topic, event, or session; and describe your interest in the topic of attention.
The keynote will feature Jason Farman (University of Maryland), who will speak on his book Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World (Yale UP, 2018). Bard's own Marina van Zuylen, author of The Plenitude of Distraction (Sequence/MIT Press, 2018) will serve as respondent.
The keynote will be at 1:00PM in RKC 103 and is open to students as well.
Attention is at the crux of all sorts of current interdisciplinary debates, and the subject of much public discourse in our age of social media and mobile tech. This event will place special emphasis on how attention works (and when it doesn't) in the context of the contemporary academy, but will also create space for broader conversations about presence, distraction, and technology now and in previous epochs. This "unconference" is distinct from a traditional conference in that all attendees have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary discussions, take part in skills-building workshops, and enjoy an array of activities all dedicated to the subject of attention.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Optional pre-unconference early morning sessions (such as birding, meditation, etc.)
8:30-9am: Coffee and registration
9-9:30am: Welcome and introductions
9:30-10:45am: Opening discussions about attention in the digital age
11-12pm: Workshops, exhibitions and parallel sessions
1-2:15pm: Keynote by Jason Farman, response by Marina van Zuylen. Open to students and the public.
2:30-4pm: Workshops, exhibitions and parallel sessions
Optional Slow Dinners (more details coming soon)
There will be exhibits and events in RKC throughout the day