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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. Plenary presentations are together two at a time or three at a time, with each paper allocated 20 mins plus 10 mins for Q&A.
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 CSLS Reception on the opening day and then curated for detailed presentation on Day #2 (see programme). We prefer A0-sized posters (portrait), but A1 would be possible. 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. Parallel papers are each allocated 25 mins which we would prefer to be divided into 15-20 mins for presenting and 10-5 mins of Q&A.
For those delegates wishing to stay a little longer in Switzerland and to explore a further afield, we are planning two in-house organized tours.
Tour 1: Bernese Oberland (‘highlands’) and Trummelbach Falls
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. On which note, the tour will take in the extraordinary Trummelbach Falls.
This will be a one-day trip, most likely leaving the city around 10:00 and returning around 18:00. The tour needs a minimum of 10 people to be viable. It will cost CHF70 each which covers a round-trip coach to and from Bern as well as the entrance fee to the Trummelbach Falls. We recommend bringing a packed lunch from one of the grocery stores in Bern.
Tour 2: Bern’s top-down/bottom-up cityscape
If you have less time, we are offering 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 (09:00 to 12:00) will kick off in the hands of a professional city guide, Hector Rubeli, who will begin at the Federal Palace (‘Bundeshaus’, seat of Swiss government) and then point you to some of the reasons why Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hector will eventually lead us along to the city’s famous or infamous (depending on who you’re talking to) Reitschule cultural centre where we will be given a site-specific introduction to the venue and its history-cum-politics. The final cost depends on the number of people joining us, but, for a group of 10 the fee would be CHF30 each. (The more people we have, the more this fee will go down.) We will recommend somewhere nice for lunch afterwards.