‘Shaped by Steel’ is the first ever ‘Twitter’ conference to be hosted by Swansea University. With more traditional ‘face-to-face’ conferences cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the History Department’s ‘Social Worlds of Steel’ research project team is taking to Twitter as an alternative way to share research and heritage practice to a different audience – the Twittersphere.
Historians, archaeologists, and heritage professionals from six different countries, and at different stages of their careers, will deliver their papers as a series of live ‘tweets’, exploring the human dimensions of work and life in – and after – steel. Session themes include the preservation and interpretation of steelworks heritage; the responses of workers and their communities to steelworks closures; workplace experiences and identities; and the sustainability of steel in an era of climate change. The two-day programme offers a wide geographical perspective, taking in Wales and the UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Germany, the USA and Sweden.
One advantage over the traditional conference format is that anyone can ‘attend’ simply by following @SteelWorlds, and join in with questions and discussion using the conference hashtag #SWOS20. We will even be marking the end of the event with a virtual wine reception.