12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL12)
The Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Research Group is pleased to announce that its twelfth international conference – APLL12 – will be held as a digital event run from the University of Oslo on 18-20 June, 2020.
The purpose of the APLL conferences is to provide a venue for presentation of the best current research on Austronesian and Papuan languages and linguistics and to promote collaboration and research in this area. APLL12 follows previous APLL conferences held in Leiden, Surrey, Paris and London, and the Austronesian Languages and Linguistics (ALL) conferences held at SOAS and St Catherine's College, Oxford (see https://sites.google.com/view/apllconference/previous-upcoming-conferences).
Birgit Hellwig, University of Cologne
Daniel Kaufman, City University of New York
APLL12 is going digital!
Given restrictions on travel and social interaction as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will hold this year's APLL conference as an online event. Please check this website regularly for updated information.
How will this work?
- Before the conference, you will need to download Zoom, which you can do here: https://zoom.us/download. There will be a link associated with each conference session, and you click on the link to join. If you're presenting a talk, Zoom lets you share your Powerpoint with the audience as well as showing video of you speaking. We will have a virtual reception room where you can go to try this out beforehand and get help if you need it. More detailed instructions for presenters and audience will be available soon.
What are we doing to make sure it's safe?
- In order to prevent so-called Zoombombing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoombombing), we will use a few different measures. The invited talks will be run as webinars which means we as hosts have complete control over who can share anything on the screen.
- In a webinar you can only see the hosts and presenters, and for a cosy conference ambiance we prefer to be able to see everyone's faces during the regular talks. Therefore we will run these as Zoom meetings, which will be password protected and use the waiting room function to make sure only registered participants are able to join. We will post more detailed information soon about how to log into a session, how to ask questions in a digital talk, etc.
Do I need to register and is there a fee?
- There is no conference fee, but we do need you to register if you want to participate, in order to be able to implement the abovementioned security measures. Registration is quick and easy - click on the link in the menu on the left and fill in the form.
- Please register no later than Monday, 15 June to allow us to get all the relevant information out to registered participants on time and to be sure our list of participants is complete by the time the conference starts.
What about the time difference now that we're not all physically in Oslo?
- Unfortunately, there isn't much we as organisers can do about the time difference if you're in a different time zone. We have organised the program so that no one will have to present their talk in the middle of the night, but if something you want to listen to is at 3am your time, all we can do is recommend a mug of good strong coffee. Our revised program for the online conference does not have parallel sessions; we hope this will make it easier for people to attend the talks they're most interested in.
What about coffee and lunch breaks?
- We are looking into the best ways of making sure the breaks will also be social events that will allow you to mingle and talk to your colleagues. We haven't landed on a solution yet, but will let you know when we do. You'll have to provide your own coffee and lunch though!
Can I help with anything?
- Yes please! Running this as outlined above is going to require people who can manage the waiting rooms, the virtual reception room etc. Avoiding parallel sessions comes at the cost of long days, so the more people pitch in, the easier it will be on everyone involved. Don't worry if you don't have any idea how to do these things, we will give you thorough instructions! If you're willing to help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions (but be prepared for the answer to be 'we don't know yet, but we're working on it')!