Unlocking the Digital Humanities

“Talks will take place in Eaton Hall on the Medford Campus of Tufts University and in Paulinum 402 at the University of Leipzig. All talks will be broadcast as Google Hangouts and published on YouTube.”

I can’t help thinking that’s the wrong way around, in this day and age. What if each talk were recorded beforehand and then distributed to ‘speakers’ as podcasts, to listen to on trains and planes on the way to the conference? Then, when they get there, they’d discuss the finer points of the talks that they’ve just heard. It would waste so much less time, be more clearly heard (direct-to-ear via headphones or ear-buds), and leave so much more time for debate and informal networking.