Virtual format

The 2021 Cornell Summer Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy

on Zoom — June 2-4

  1. Three sessions each day between 10:30 and 16:30 (New York time: UTC/GMT -4 hours)

    • this will allow participation across a significant range of time zones, from the west coast of the US (PDT, UTC/GMT -7) to Central Europe (CEST, UTC/GMT +2)
    • length of sessions will vary, depending on format (see 2 below)
  2. Sessions may take one of these forms:

    • full presentation + discussion: 75 minutes in length (roughly 45 minutes for presentation + 30 minutes discussion); this replicates the typical form of in-person sessions in recent years
    • short presentation (distribute paper in advance) + discussion: 60 minutes in length (20 minutes for summary presentation + 40 minutes discussion)
  3. Informal conversations during breaks

    • we’ll leverage Zoom functionality to replicate (as far as possible) the opportunities for informal interaction that have been a highlight of the analogue colloquium
    • unfortunately, you’ll have to provide your own refreshments

I hope that you’ll be willing to bring your usual intelligence, energy, and generosity to this year’s colloquium.

If you’re interested in taking part, please let me know.

Preserving the culture of the analogue colloquium

The colloquium met in-person for over twenty years (1998-2019), and feedback from participants suggests that it has a particular culture with particular virtues. The virtual colloquium requires modification of the tried-and-true analogue format. But as the 2020 colloquium demonstrated, it’s possible to preserve many of the analogue colloquium’s virtues:

  • high quality presentations and lively, stimulating, illuminating discussions
  • flexibility for presenters who are welcome to present polished papers or less formal work-in-progress
  • no burdensome requirements regarding preparation ahead of time
  • unstructured time for interacting with colleagues