Live-tweeting Women Writing Across Cultures

So, I spent this weekend at the Women Writing Across Cultures conference at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.

This wasn’t my first time live-tweeting a conference; I’d live-blogged a conference earlier in the year, and found that I really enjoyed the experience. This weekend was no different – I really like having to pay such close attention and working to transmit the information to readers.

An image from the conference website.

An image from the conference website.

I’m wondering if this is something I could do more regularly. At one of the conferences above, the organizers paid my conference registration fees in exchange for my live-tweeting and some other admin work. Since money is really tight for me, the idea of doing this more regularly in exchange for access to conferences is really appealing.

The first panel I live-tweeted was about social media and journalism – right up my alley!

social-news-360The first speaker was Mariela E. Méndez: ‘What does it Mean to Write the Women’s Page?’

Next up was Alison Winch, speaking on Intergenerational Feminism, Blogging and Branded Cultures. I was especially excited for this one because I blog, but also because I’m really interested in the idea of branding through social media, and in the issues facing intergenerational feminism, especially as they manifest in the current wave of pop feminism.

Finally, Grace McDermott spoke on Investigating Twitter as a Tool for Transnational Women’s Resistance Writing.

For the Storify of my tweets during this panel, please click here.

Click the photo to go to Agbabi's blog.

Click the photo to go to Agbabi’s blog.

Next on the conference schedule was the first keynote speaker, Patience Agbabi. I didn’t live-tweet this speaker because I thought that trying to live-tweet performance poetry might not be terribly effective; it seems like a lot could get lost in translation!

You can see videos of Agbabi performing some of her work here. I highly recommend the prologue to the Canterbury Tales!

The next morning I presented my paper. It was nerve-wracking – almost twenty people attended our panel, which, in a conference with about 75 registered delegates (especially at the first panel on a Saturday morning) felt like a lot! It was a paper I wrote almost two years ago, on a topic that isn’t my specialty, so I was SUPER nervous. Luckily, the other two women on the panel just happened to be my best friends, so it wasn’t as intimidating as it could have been.

Next was the second keynote, Regenia Gagnier speaking on A Symbiological Approach to Gender, Sexuality, and Writing.

You can read the Storify of my tweets on this keynote speaker here.

I was working at the reception desk for the next two panels, so I didn’t get to do any tweeting for the rest of Saturday.

On Sunday, I got to listen to an incredibly interesting panel on political ethics and autobiography.

karukkuThe first speaker was Pushpinder Walia, speaking on How Women’s Writing redefines History in Bama’s Tamil autobiography Karukku.

The next speaker was Yianna Liatsos, speaking on the discourse of choice associated with narratives of single motherhood. She focused on two documentaries, Sperm Donor X and First Comes Love.

Finally, Eriko Hara discussed Transnational Theatrical Representation of the Aging in Velina Hasu Houston’s Calligraphy.

You can read the Storify of my tweets on this panel here.

Finally, I livetweeted the last keynote speaker, Fei-wen Liu speaking on Endangered Nushu (Women’s Script) at the Crossroads between Tradition and Modernity.

You can read the Storify of my tweets on this keynote speaker here.

I didn’t stay for the last panel – three days of a conference was more interaction and stimulation than this introvert could handle! Plus, you know, laundry. But it was a good weekend, another conference presentation on my CV, and a reminder that I really love listening to interesting people talk about interesting things!

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