Symposium update

The first taste of the Social Fabric symposium programme highlights some very special add-ons to consider in your travel plans.

Our friends in the north have been busy with programming for the Social Fabric symposium at the end of August. Thanks to all who submitted abstracts. It sadly wasn’t possible to include every idea, but the committee have fitted in more than enough to hold our attention.

Registrations are expected to open next month, and we’ll start sharing details about keynotes soon, but there’s one important thing to note if you’re planning your travel. Field trips! Before and after the three days of the symposium itself. So, on Thursday 29 August, a bus trip to the Bay of Islands; on Monday 2 September, it’s Kaipara. These jaunts will obviously include visits to some of the local heritage collections, so if you fancy the idea of exploring the area with local guidance, plan your travel accordingly.

The bus trips will bookend three very busy days, with a single stream of 24 papers, three keynote speakers, two panels, one dinner and one AGM. Every symposium is our favourite, but there’s a special energy that comes from first-time hosting in smaller centres, so if you haven’t added this to your diary and looked at your travel options, sign up to the symposium mailing list for more reasons to find your way to Northland this August.

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