Reflections on Live Blogging

By Catherine Price

I’m glad I took part in the live blogging project as it has been worthwhile to see how it affects the conference experience. I’ve found it quite tiring as there is so much to think about! A blog needs structure and a narrative to it, so you have to think and reflect on what you are going to say. But what do you talk about? What will be interesting for the audience? This is something else to think about and consider.

I also found myself considering the logistics. Where do I sit so as not to disturb anyone? Do I make notes first and then blog? Or do I just blog? I found myself feeling quite uncomfortable when I was asking myself these questions. I felt exposed and self-conscious. What will people think of me? Will they think I’m not interested and paying attention to what is going on in the room? Actually, I’m paying attention and probably more so than I would do normally. It really takes a lot of concentration.

Time is another important factor. How do you fit blogging in? I managed to write short posts but found I didn’t have time to write anything longer.

Out of curiosity, I tried my own experiment yesterday. I’ve been reflecting on the blogging experience over the last few days and I wanted to see if I felt any different with live tweeting. I live tweeted during the Sociology of Stigma session and I found it so much easier. I wasn’t asking myself so many questions. I presume this is because live blogging and live tweeting have very different roles to play in the conference setting. I was using live tweeting for reporting statements people were making. I didn’t need to concentrate as much with live tweeting as for the live blogging.

It’s been an interesting experience and I’m pleased I’ve had the opportunity to participate. However, I think I’ve got unanswered questions about how live blogging makes me feel and I need to reflect on these further.

The Feminist Walk of the City

By Catherine Price

I decided I wanted to reflect on my experience of the Feminist Walk of the City. I think this concept of including walks in a conference is a brilliant idea. Instead of just hearing about the experiences of women and feminist issues, I felt I was living these experiences by going on a walk. There is a rich history of women and women’s issues in Newcastle but until today, I was not aware of these. By hearing about their experiences and actually visiting the places where these were lived, I felt a greater connection with these women. For want of a better description, it was like walking in their footsteps.

These invisible women whose history was and still is, interwoven with Newcastle’s buildings, were brought to life for me. These women have been made visible. It also got me thinking about how many other hidden histories are waiting to be discovered in other feminist walks like this.

Live Blogging and the Cinema Experience

By Catherine Price

I am currently in the session ‘Coming out of the Shadows: Undocumented Youth, Art and Activism in the US’. I am finding that trying to live blog in this situation is really difficult! How do you convey what you are watching in a film in a blog post? I have tried taking some photos to convey what I am watching, but because of the cinema setting and the darkness, this is proving impossible. Trying to describe what I am watching is difficult because of the richness of films in front of me. I also realise that whilst I am trying to think of how to articulate what I am watching, I am becoming disengaged from the films. At the moment, the live blogging has my full attention as opposed to what I want to be watching and engaging with.

Structure and Undisciplining

By Catherine Price

Reflecting on the sessions this morning, there appears to be an undercurrent of structure to how we think and talk about undisciplining. Even if we want to challenge ideas and push back against existing boundaries, in order for this to be effective, this has to be in a structured way. This raised questions in my mind of what undisciplining means and how do we achieve this. If we want to create interventions do we have to apply structure to these interventions in order for them to be effective? Is this undisciplining  or is structure imposing a set of rules on our interventions? If undisciplining is trying to open up dialogues, does imposing structure in order to achieve our aims, actually close conversations down? It will be interesting to see if I can find answers to these questions over the course of the conference.