Aegean Prehistorians Make Lemonade

April 21, 2010

The 13th International Aegean Conference (on Aegean prehistory), titled Kosmos: Jewelry, Adornment, and Textiles in the Aegean Bronze Age, was scheduled to take place in Copenhagen this week, from April 19-23.  Unfortunately, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland had other ideas; its eruption prevented most of the participants, who were to come to Copenhagen from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and elsewhere, from traveling by air.

The Aegeaum conference hosts were undaunted, and developed a plan for a largely virtual conference.  A live stream of the papers – being read aloud by those present, over powerpoint slides sent by the paper authors – is available at the conference web site, and a chat window allows simultaneous discussion and questions and answers after each paper.  Papers started at 8am EST today and will continue on Thursday and Friday; the schedule is still evolving, as some air travel has resumed in Europe today.  Those who were able to attend in person looked as though they were having a good time:

I had trouble getting the live stream to stream from home this morning, when I was on my ca. 2001 Mac PowerPC (which also makes Youtube videos herky-jerky).  It’s coming in beautifully right now, though, as I sit at a netbook using the campus wireless.

Many kudos to Marie-Louise Nosch and Robert Laffineur, and their supporting staff in Copenhagen, for pulling this off, organizationally, technically, and with the same collegial spirit that the International Aegean Conference has long been known for.  For those of us who wouldn’t have been there in person anyway, it’s a great bonus!

Hat tip to Charles Ellwood Jones’ Ancient World Online blog, to which you should subscribe!


  1. […] Aegeanet merits a special mention from me, since I subscribed to it in the later 1990s.  It is for students of Aegean prehistory.  It is hosted by John Younger at Kansas.  It is currently fairly active, right now discussing the KOSMOS conference. […]

  2. […] – though slowly – toward making virtual participation in committee work possible.  The Kosmos Conference was held partially virtually this spring, due to an Icelandic volcano, and was a truly interactive […]

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