Saturday, 5 October 2013

Who's who at the conference 26th October

Our afternoon session begins with a paper from the first of our keynote speakers Prof. Clark McPhail University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.  Professor McPhail's paper is entitled 'The Life Course of Temporary Gatherings'.  

The paper examines the assembling or mobilization processes that produce temporary gatherings as well as the routine, emergency or coerced dispersing processes that bring them to an end.  It will concentrate on the forms and dynamics of individual and collective actions within gatherings. Professor McPhail argues that most gathering members have assembled with, remain with and disperse with one or more companions.  He goes on to state that all participants are both purposive actors and creatures of habit. You can find out more about the life course of temporary gatherings by visiting our confirmed speakers page where you will find the full extract of Professor McPhail's intriguing paper.

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