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Attendees experiencing EPIC2020 in this region are called Wodonga. This Australian place name evokes our conference theme scale.Learn about Wodonga
Albury/Wodonga is at the border of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (VIC) and was a significant location for one of the strangest tales of scale in Australian colonial history. This is the break in gauge of Australian train lines. Prior to Federation in 1901 when the Australian colonies became a commonwealth, Britain passed down a directive for all train lines to be built with the British Standard gauge. However, in the chaos of disputes among engineers, missed and delayed messages (which, in those days before a telegraph line existed, could take up to 7 months to reach Australia from Britain), and intercolony politics, VIC rail was constructed with a broad gauge.
For nearly 150 years, trains from NSW to VIC had to stop at Albury/Wodonga, unload, and change trains to continue their journey. During this time, hundreds of inventions were submitted to solve the gauge problem, but none were accepted. It wasn’t until 2008 that Australia finally replaced the remaining broad-gauge lines, but not before spending hundreds of millions of dollars on inefficiencies and conversion of tracks.
This story of rail scale is an almost comical conflation of inefficiency and invention. Conformity and technological simplicity are imagined; chaos ensues. How do we navigate the scaling of norms and standards across market, social, and cultural forces? Whose interests are being served, whose are stifled, and how do we foretell the difference?
Programming will run around the clock, and to give you the most flexibility, you’re welcome to attend any of it. But here is the schedule designed for Wodonga time zones. In the coming months we’ll provide times and content details so you can build the schedule that works for you.
Week 1: Learning & Networking
|Oct 19||Oct 20||Oct 21||Oct 22||Oct 23|
|Pangaea Tours||Pangaea Tours||Sponsor Exhibition||Social Events||Graduate Colloquium|
|Tutorials*: 2B, 10A,
|Tutorials*: 1B, 3B, 4B,
5A, 12A, 15B, 17A
|Tutorial*: 13B||Tutorials*: 11a-2|
*Pre-register for tutorials during or after conference registration. Space is limited.
Week 2: Main Program
|Oct 25||Oct 26||Oct 27||Oct 28|
• Trees & Forests
• Impact at Human Scale
• Post-human Scale
• Scaling Ethnography
|Opening Social||Keynote: Genevieve Bell||Session:
• Empathy Writ Small & Large
• Built to Scale
|International Socials||Keynote: Bruce Pascoe||Keynote: Ashwini Asokan|
• Humanizing Scale
• Scaling Research
• Transcending Time & Space
• Dissent at Scale
• Agency, Capacity & Scale
• Isolation & Connection
• Challenging Bigger, Faster, Easier, Broader
|Cohort Activities||International Socials|