If you cannot find an answer to your question in the FAQs below then you can email Louise Purbrick directly (L.Purbrick@brighton.ac.uk) heading the email as 'Developments in Dress History Conference Query'.
What are the technical specifications for presenting papers?
Each of the conference presentation rooms will have an overhead projector, computer and dvd player (region 2 for Europe). You should bring along any digital material that you need to present on a memory stick or a dvd, and any handouts should be prepared in advance as we do not have facilities for printing or duplicating on site. Please make sure to save your presentation documents pre doc.x (that is as .doc files) as this will be easier to open in each of the assigned rooms.
If you want to use Powerpoint then that is fine, but please do not in-bed web-links or links to audio files as these often cause problems- you are advised to present sound files separately. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee wifi access as in some rooms it is unreliable and we also have security issues around log ins.
If you want to use your own laptop then make sure that you also bring an adaptor to connect it (ie a mac will need a mac adaptor).
Finally, there will always be someone around at the registration desk in case of emergencies, but it would be good to get to your room at least 15 minutes before your session to make sure that all your presentation files work well.
When will the programme be available?
We hope to get a draft conference programme up on this website by mid October. This will, however, be subject to change and should only be regarded as a guide. During the conference an up to date programme (with any last minute changes) will be available to view at the information desk.
When can I register and how?
Please go to 'On-line booking' to access the online registration and payment form. You will also be able to book and pay for the conference dinner at the same time and specify any dietary requirements. If you have not used this on-line shop before you will need to register. It is quite simple, please just follow the on-line instructions. Accommodation is booked separately.
How can I request an invoice for my conference fee?
It would be enormously helpful to us if you could make any payments to us via the on-line registration form which requires a card payment. You will get a receipt via email confirming your registration and payment. If you are being funded you should pay this yourself and claim it back from your institution or use their card if they have one. If you really do require an invoice in advance then please contact Louise Purbrick (email L.Purbrick@brighton.ac.uk) and state your request.
What facilities will be provided for presenters? How shall I bring my digital material?
We will provide computers and overhead projectors. Please bring your presentation on a usb pen drive. It would help if you avoided creating powerpoint presentations with links to web sites. Presentations need to be saved in a doc or ppt format (ie not ending in docx or pptx). Please also bring hard copies of any hand outs as there will be no on-site photocopying facilities.
How long will I be able to talk for?
Each speaker will have a maximum of twenty minutes to present.
Can I request a particular day for my presentation?
We hope that you will be coming to the full conference and are available to present at any time. You can email us with date/time requests and we will strive to attend to these, but please understand that we cannot promise to programme your presentation on any specific day.
Is there a day rate?
I'm afraid that we are not able to offer a day rate.
Who will chair my session?
You will be able to see who is chairing your session when we have completed the conference programme. Please note that this is also open to change. Do let us know if you are keen to chair a session yourself.
Where do I come to register on arrival?
Registration will take place at the Grand Parade building on Thursday 8th December between 6:00pm - 7:30pm There will be signs to direct you on arrival. If you will be arriving late, there will be someone to greet you at the desk the following day and throughout the conference.
Where is the conference dinner and what are the menu choices?
Please see 'online booking' for details. As you can see, vegetarians will be provided for, the restaurant manager also assures us that he can cater for other special dietary requirements on the night. You will be able to book a place when you register on-line.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in the south of England can be rather unpredictable at this time of year. It will probably be pretty cold, but with bright sunshine, snow or relentless rain. You should pack for all winter possibilities.
Will I be able to find parking?
We do not advise you to bring a vehicle because parking in Brighton is problematic. See 'Travel and Location' for more information.
What if I need to cancel my place? Can I get a refund?
If you need to cancel your place then please let us know as soon as possible by email to L.Purbrick@brighton.ac.uk
If you cancel before the end of October we can offer you a full refund. After that we can reimburse half of your fees unless it is it within two weeks of the conference start date.