CHAT 2016 - Rurality
21st – 23rd October 2016
Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands, Orkney College, Kirkwall, UK
Registration for CHAT 2016 is now open!
Speakers and contributors: we would like you to register by 19th August to confirm your intention of attending. Delegates: Registration closes 7th October.
How do I register?
Please download a registration form here. Please fill this out electronically and return to . You can use this to calculate the fees owed, and pay this in a single payment on the Orkney Islands Council online payment page at http://www.orkney.gov.uk/Council/O/online-payment.htm . Instructions are on the registration form.
For all speakers, other contributors, and delegates, registration fees are £45 waged (£25 unwaged/student).
Conference accommodation: Please include your Papdale Halls of Residence accommodation booking on the registration form. Rooms cost £56.40 per night (ensuite B&B with continental breakfast). Payment for this can be included in your payment online. Please note, this is available from 19th to 24th October only. See instructions on the registration form.
We are running a day field trip on Thursday 20th - Alternative tour of the Orkney Mainland – which is FREE. Please book on the form as numbers are limited.
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Hosting the conference in Orkney away from the usual metropolitan centres will offer CHAT a chance to experience rural areas by situating itself within one. Orkney is both rural and island, and a microcosm for wider issues. In the past and present Orkney is a gateway, a crossroads and a hub, typified by recent renewable technology test sites. In this sense, the edge-lands are for innovators both in the past and present, and are orientated towards the future. With superfast communications technology, the internet and increased mobility, the dominance of urban centres for popular culture and social interactions is eroding. Are we ‘all urban now’ or is rurality growing new modes of existence?
We have identified a number of sub-themes and questions:
It’s a shame to come so far and not see anything! So, we’re laying on fieldtrips on the Thursday, Friday morning and Sunday afternoon (details announced soon). We hope these will inspire debate and take the conference to the islandscape.
Planning your trip:
Come to Orkney, you know you’ve always wanted too! Book early to get cheaper deals and allow for extra time, we could have some weather. Why not come on the Wed/Thurs and leave on the Monday to take advantage of our fieldtrips? Check with us about accommodation in halls at
You can travel to Orkney by ferry from Scrabster and Gills Bay on the north coast of Scotland, and Aberdeen (Northlink http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/ , Pentland Ferries http://www.pentlandferries.co.uk/ ), and air (Flybe operated by Logan Air http://www.flybe.com/ ) from four major Scottish cities (Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness). It can be cheaper to fly from London with British Airways. Train then plane is a good option. It is best to allow a day for travel each way. Do contact us for travel advice.
Rooms in new halls of residence next to the venue will be available, check with us first about discounts. Kirkwall has numerous hotels, B&Bs and hostels see http://visitorkney.com
More information will be available soon on the conference website. This will include detailed travel options and accommodation. A number of travel/accommodation bursaries will be available.