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RSA Statement on Conference Collegiality and Social Media

The primary purpose of the RSA’s annual conference is to promote interdisciplinary exchange and the study of the period between 1300–1650.  Recent advances in technology have opened up many new and exciting possibilities that can facilitate this exchange of ideas, and the use of social media like twitter and Facebook at conferences has sparked a series of dynamic discussions over the best way to incorporate social media into the conference experience.  We encourage members to use the new tools of social media to engage with the conference, while at the same time maintaining the basic standards of professional courtesy and collegiality that encourage open and unfettered intellectual exchange.  We thus offer two basic principles for interactions at the conference.  First, attributions and quotations on social media should be as clear as possible, accurately representing presenters’ arguments and ideas.  Secondly, presenters, audience members, and commentators (whether in-person or online) should maintain a professional tone, avoiding personal comments or other matters one would not typically raise in a published forum.

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