The presentations for the ‘Feral’ conference will take the form of online videos/presentations that are 15-20 minutes in duration.
Last year we organised an online conference using this conference presentation format, and you can see what the presentations were like and how it worked here.
There are many ways to create a video file, and we do not wish to be overly prescriptive in delimiting how you can create a video presentation. You may have a range of exciting and innovative ideas of how to approach this task, and we look forward to seeing the creative ways that you engage with the form.
For those who are a little daunted by the prospect of creating a video, there are a range of straightforward options that require little in the way of specialised equipment, software, or media production skills. This includes:
• capturing yourself using either an external webcam, or the one that comes built into a laptop or tablet computer (example here);
• recording audio on a webcam or smartphone and then adding this to a PowerPoint presentation or Prezi (example here);
• using screencasting software that will capture a presentation that is playing on your screen, alongside a thumbnail recorded by your webcam (example here).
Then send us the link to this video so that we can embed it within the conference website. For this to work, the video must not be private/password protected, but it can be unlisted, so that it is not publicly searchable if you prefer (the conference website will, however, be viewable by the public).
If you create a YouTube account to do this, advertising will be turned on by default. To turn them off, go to ‘Creator Studio’, then in the left hand column, choose Channel>Advanced, and untick the two boxes underneath the ‘Advertisements’ heading.
The video presentations will be organised into themed panels, similar to how regular conferences run. Each panel will have a comments thread where presenters will be asked questions about their papers. These panels will have pre-allocated chairs, again in much the same way as regular conferences.
One important difference is that each panel will be ‘live’ for a week, so questions can come in at any time during that week, so we do ask that you regularly check the page to see if anyone has asked you questions.
If you have any questions about this process, do get in touch and we will try and answer them.