My Research in a Nutshell – A Student Activity Powered by Pecha Kucha — English

In the last few years a new type of presentation format reflecting the rhythm of our busy modern societies was created: the Pecha Kucha! In 2003, an architect group located in Tokyo, Japan, noticed that speakers tended to get lost in their communication, rendering a hard-to-follow and long presentation. The group thus decided not only to limit the time of the presentations but also the content. The basic rule is simple: each speaker must present their research in 20 images shown for 20 seconds for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds of presentation. Speakers must then synthetize their ideas and present it in a clear and concise way.

My Research in a Nutshell

Pecha Kucha is an interesting platform since it allows for the presentation of one’s research in a concise format and in an environment meant to be less formal than regular sessions. Indeed, presenters can introduce research whatever its state: the topic, a literature review, methodology, preliminary results, etc. Additionally, not only is Pecha Kucha a perfect medium for dissemination, but it is also a great time to collaboratively brainstorm as it is followed with a period of interaction with the audience!

We invite all interested students and young professionals to register to the “My research in a nutshell” session organised for the 2014 SHA conference to be held in Quebec City, Canada. Whatever your topic and the state of your research you are more than welcome to present it and discuss it with others. Remember that you do not need results to present in our version of the Pecha Kucha! Registration is simple: send your name, affiliation and the title/topic of your presentation (no need for an abstract) to pechakucha.SHA2014@gmail.com. Acceptation will be based on a first-come first-served basis so do not wait too long!

Make sure to check out the next post for another new and exciting activity for students!

My Research in a Nutshell – A Student Activity Powered by Pecha Kucha — Français

Au cours des dernières années, l’univers des communications a vu l’apparition d’un nouveau format de présentation qui reflète bien le rythme effréné de nos sociétés contemporaines : le Pecha Kucha! Le concept même du Pecha Kucha a été initié en 2003 à Tokyo au Japon dans une firme d’architecture, où il avait été observé que les présentateurs se perdaient facilement dans leurs propos, rendant la présentation longue et parfois difficile à suivre. Un concept efficace et dynamique destiné à limiter le discours dans l’espace et le temps afin d’éviter les tirades interminables a alors été élaboré. La règle fondamentale est bien simple : chaque présentateur doit aborder son sujet par le biais de 20 images présentées pendant 20 secondes chacune, pour un total de 6 minutes 40 secondes de présentation. Ainsi, cela oblige le conférencier à synthétiser sa pensée et à la présenter de manière claire et concise.

Pecha Kucha

Pour les étudiants et les jeunes professionnels, le Pecha Kucha constitue un médium intéressant, puisqu’il permet de présenter un projet de recherche dans un cours laps de temps et dans un environnement qui se veut décontracté et ouvert aux échanges entre participants. Peu importe l’état d’avancement de votre projet, vous pouvez présenter votre sujet, votre problématique ou vos résultats, tout en acquérant une expérience dans la communication de vos recherches. Par ailleurs, le Pecha Kucha n’est pas seulement une vitrine, il est aussi une plate-forme de rencontre, de découverte et de réflexion puisqu’une période d’interaction avec le public suit chacune des présentations.

Nous invitons donc tous les étudiants intéressés à s’inscrire à la session  « My research in a nutshell » organisée dans le cadre du prochain colloque de la SHA qui aura lieu à Québec en janvier 2014. Peu importe votre discipline ou votre sujet de recherche, venez profiter de ce cadre informel pour présenter vos recherches et discuter avec les autres étudiants et chercheurs. N’oubliez pas qu’il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir des résultats pour venir présenter dans le cadre du Pecha Kucha. L’inscription est simple, il suffit de transmettre votre nom, votre affiliation et le titre ou le sujet de votre présentation (aucun résumé nécessaire) à : pechakucha.SHA2014@gmail.com. L’acceptation des présentation sera basée sur l’ordre de réception des propositions, donc n’hésitez pas trop longtemps avant de vous inscrire!

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Have you submitted your presentation? Four weeks left…

Abstract submission for the 2014 conference closes in four weeks. The clock is now ticking if you haven’t yet done so. What is your paper? Are you in a symposium? Do you prefer participating in a forum panel discussion, a three-minute forum or an electronic symposium? Do you prefer presenting a poster rather than a paper this year? If so, you should get a place of choice in the Convention Centre as we encourage this type of participation. Oh, by the way, did you know that the Québec City Convention Center is the only one in Canada offering free hi-speed wifi to conference attendees?

We have revamped the submission process to make it more transparent and user friendly for you. You can go straight there from the conference home page: http://www.sha2014.com/index.html. Have a look and let us know if this move from traditional practice suits your needs.

This year, presentations are being grouped into several themes. It will thus be easier for you to fit your paper into a slot corresponding to your interests if you aren’t already participating in a organized session. This is what you will see: Archaeological Methods; Diaspora Archaeology; Environmental and Landscape Archaeology; First Nations Archaeology; Identity and Community Archaeology; Information Technology; Legislation and Archaeological Practice; Material Culture Studies; Military Archaeology; Other; Regional Studies; Theory; Underwater and Maritime Archaeologies; Urban Archaeology.

Once into the category that interests you, you can explore sessions that have been entered into the system or that the conference committee proposes for you. Are you interested in organizing a session on one of the following subjects: The Ethics of Archaeological Practice; Historical Archaeology and the Media; Commercial and Governmental Archaeology: New laws, new practices; Archaeology and UNESCO World Heritage Sites; New Research in Material culture studies: Ceramics; Historical Archaeology as Anthropology; globalization and environmental archaeology; The Historical archaeology of Central America and the Caribbean; Who owns the past: sacred sites, battlefield archaeology, sites of pain, difficult heritage. Should none of these sessions tickle your fancy, you can propose a new one.

We hope this new process and a simplified interface will make the submission process easier for you and that it will result in a strong and interesting conference for all. Contact the Conference Committee through our web site at www.sha2014.com should you have any comments on the submission process. There will be regular updates and contextual information on the SHA Facebook page. Don’t forget to follow the progression of the conference on Twitter as well at #sha2014. Both the Facebook page and the Twitter feed give you lots of opportunities to interact with conference organizers and other colleagues. We are looking forward to reading you there. And of course, we are particularly looking forward to seeing you in Québec City next January!

Submitting a session is now as easy as riding a bike! Come and see the Québec Seminary courtyard while your riding with us!