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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

diagram comparing rail gauges

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?

Regional Schedule

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.

See also: detailed Tutorial Program & Program Overview

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,
11A-1, 16A
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
Opening Session Sessions:
Trees & Forests
Impact at Human Scale
Cohort Activities Sessions:
Post-human Scale
Scaling Ethnography
Opening Social Keynote: Genevieve Bell Session:
Empathy Writ Small & Large
Built to Scale
International Socials
International Socials Keynote: Bruce Pascoe Keynote: Ashwini Asokan
Humanizing Scale
Scaling Research
Salons Cohort Activities
Panel Panel
Transcending Time & Space
Dissent at Scale
Agency, Capacity & Scale
Isolation & Connection
Challenging Bigger, Faster, Easier, Broader
Cohort Activities International Socials