Balisage uses the conference meetings rooms in the evenings for less formal
sessions than those on the regular program.
This year, in response to comments and suggestions from attendees at previous
Balisage conferences, the procedure for selecting Nocturnes and Impromptus will
be significantly changed. This year, there are four evening slots available on Wednesday
and four on Thursday. Anyone who wishes to present in one of the
evening sessions should sign up a the desk before the end of lunch on that day. Just after
lunch, each applicant will be given two minutes in which to tell
the conference audience what they want to talk about and why it would be interesting.
The audience will then indicate, by applause, which presentations they would like to attend that evening. Advised by the audience response, the chair will select the four evening
sessions for the day. (The decision of the chair will be final,
even if especially if it appears
arbitrary or incorrect.)
The schedule of Nocturnes and Impromptus and their locations will be posted late
What are Nocturnes and Impromptus?
Attendees who would like to make a presentation to the Balisage attendees but who were not
selected by the conference committee to be on the regular program may apply to make
presentations in the evenings, after the regular conference program. Any conference attendee who wants to give
a Nocturne presentation should put their name and the topic on the Nocturnes and Impromptus application list.
Impromptus are discussions, meetings, or presentations on any topic of interest
to conference attendees.
Impromptus are often follow-on discussions from conference papers, for example,
if there are more questions for a speaker than there is time to accommodate during
the day. Any conference attendee who wants to organize an Impromptu should put their name
and the topic on the Nocturnes and Impromptus application list.