Tweeting the CA Conference #CA14

In recent years, there’s been a lot of Twitter chat about the CA Conference, be it amusing shots of Percy Bear, livetweeting from the panels, or questions put to speakers via Twitter. We think this is great, and we want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved, so below is a set of guidelines intended to offer guidance to those new to Twitter and livetweeting, and to help them and more experienced Tweeters create a comprehensive and useful livefeed.

The Basics

  • Always tweet using the conference hashtag. For Nottingham, this is #CA14. Include this in all tweets you want included in the conference feed; anyone following the hashtag will see it, and it will be used to compile an archive of the conference tweets later.

  • If you are asked to stop livetweeting by a panel chair, a speaker or a conference attendee, please stop. Many are not comfortable with Twitter as a medium; its presence should not negatively impact the conference experience for other attendees, however positive we may feel about social media.

  • You can livetweet whatever you like about the conference – the papers, the plenaries, the social events…

  • You can tweet as little or as much as you like. A livetweeter who tweets half a dozen times over the whole conference is as important as one who tweets half a dozen times to thoroughly summarise a single paper.

  • You may find this article on livetweeting conferences in general helpful:

In Panels and Plenaries

  • Always begin your tweets of a paper with the speaker’s initials, to make it clear that you are reporting their argument. If a tweet gets widely retweeted, this makes sure the right person gets intellectual credit for the idea.

  • If the speaker is on Twitter, please use their Twitter handle when livetweeting – that will let people following on Twitter connect with them if they so wish.

  • If you are giving a paper, mention your Twitter handle as you begin.

  • Remember that the goal of livetweeting a paper is for somebody who isn’t in the room to be able to follow along with the speaker’s argument.

  • You may find that sitting at the back of a room makes you feel less self-conscious about tweeting; it may also make the process less obtrusive for other attendees.

  • Please make sure that your device is on ‘silent’.

  • Please demonstrate the usual high standards of professionalism, collegiality and courtesy that are the hallmarks of classicists as a discipline – that is, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

  • It is fine to have multiple people livetweeting the same session.

  • Don’t try to livetweet your own paper. Trust us on this.

  • If anyone following along on Twitter asks a question, please feel free to ask that question of the speaker and report the answer back. However, be aware that questions from people in the room take precedence, and ask accordingly.

Outside Panels

  • Again, please demonstrate professionalism, collegiality and courtesy in everything you say.

  • Remember to ask permission before posting photographs.

  • Be mindful that people following the hashtag are interested in the academic aspects of the conference rather than what dinner looks like. Unless someone has made a scale replica of Troy in mashed potato. We all want to see that.

  • The Classical Association always welcomes innovative pictures of Percy the Bear attending conference!


We’re very grateful to Liz Gloyn (@lizgloyn) who compiled this list with help from the #CA14 Twitter community. You can follow the Classical Association on Twitter at @Classical_Assoc. The official 2014 conference Twitterfeed is @CAconf2014. The hashtag for the 2014 CA Conference in Nottingham is #CA14

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The Secretary acts as secretary to the CA Council and other committees, runs the CA office and handles all queries from members and non-members alike. She likes tea, Greek history and Marmite on toast.
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