We have no detailed information available about the programme at this time, but it is most likely that X-SCAPES will run for three full days:
Wed 02 May, 09:00 to 17:30, followed by evening reception
Thu 03 May, 09:00 to 17:30, with nothing scheduled in the evening
(daytime schedule includes business meeting)
Fri 04 May, 09:00 to 17:30, with the conference dinner that evening
(daytime schedule includes final reflection session)
Sat 05 May – Optional tours (see below)
In the tradition of the conference, X-SCAPES will have no keynote speakers, although we are delighted to confirm already that some of the most established, well-known figures in the field will definitely be in Bern. In fact, as X-SCAPES invites all participants to look to the future of the field, there will be a special reflection session when some of these senior scholars offer their thoughts on the “state of the field”.
In order to balance inclusivity with logistics (e.g. venue constraints), we will be organizing presentations into plenary sessions, poster sessions and parallel sessions:
Plenary presentations: We have selected papers which represent the work of a good mix of leading, established, and emerging scholars. All of these papers, in one way or another, directly address the ethos of X-SCAPES and the 10th anniversary of the Linguistic Landscape Workshop.
Poster sessions: Representing the work of both established and emerging scholars from a interesting variety of perspectives and settings, posters will be initially showcased at the reception and then curated for presentation during the course of the conference. [We recommend the following GURT guidelines for designing an effective poster.]
Parallel sessions: With no more than two sessions at any one time, these presentations are organized into thematically allied clusters of three papers.
For those delegates wishing to stay a little longer in Switzerland and to explore a little further afield, we are planning two in-house organized tours.
Tour 1: Bernese Oberland (‘highlands’)
If you have the day to spare, this will be a chance to experience first-hand the quintessential nature of landscape in what is arguably the birthplace of modern tourism. Here, up in the highlands of the Canton of Bern and in the foothills of the Alps, we find that ‘animated dialogue’ between people’s ideas or fantasies about place and its on-the-ground, material properties. The Bernese Oberland is a place so famously shaped through the imagination of 18th century Victorian English travellers and which continues today to be moulded by the astute branding of modern-day marketers. This will be a one-day trip, most likely leaving the city around 10:00 and returning around 18:00. We will try to make weather-dependent accommodations. Details and cost to be confirmed later.
Tour 2: Bern’s top-down/bottom-up cityscape
If you have less time, we plan to offer a chance to explore the official and the non-official cityscape of Bern, the parts they want you to see and the parts they’d perhaps rather you didn’t see! This three-hour guided tour will likely take in the Federal Palace (‘Bundeshaus’, seat of Swiss government) and include a site-specific introduction to the city’s famous or infamous (depending on who you’re talking to) Reitschule cultural centre. Details and cost to be confirmed later.