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The Concept(s) of Heritage Twitter Conference

September 25, 2019

In order to showcase the abundance of outstanding research that is being done on this topic, and as a preamble to our main event, we are hosting the first ever Young Researchers in Heritage Twitter Conference on September 25, 2019. A number of the participants in the "Concept(s) of Heritage" conference will be participating, along with a number of other early-career researchers from around the globe.

What is a Twitter conference?

A Twitter conference is a social media event that is accessible from anywhere, and to anyone with an internet connection. This means that ideas can be shared and discussed with a broad public across the world. The aim is to create an open dialogue, to highlight novel research in critical heritage studies, and to promote accessibility. This means that there are no conference fees, and no travel expenses, which is good for your budget and for the environment.

Participants can follow along in real time, or can catch up on missed presentations by simply searching the conference hashtag! #YRH2019

Who can participate?

Anyone! While the presenters will be selected and assigned a specific time slot, anyone is welcome to follow along, to ask questions, and to join in the discussion.

Spread the word and encourage anyone you think might be interested to join in!

What do I need?

All you need is an internet connection! You can participate from your laptop, PC, smartphone, or tablet. Follow along by going to and searching the hashtag #YRH2019

If you are presenting your work, or wish to ask questions, you will need a Twitter account. Twitter accounts are free and easy to set up

We highly encourage engagement from our presenters and audience, so please do interact!

What if I don’t know how to use Twitter?

No problem! There are a number of guides online, like this one:

Instructions for presenters

  • Presenters will be asked to prepare 6 to 10 tweets in advance on their proposed topic. A single tweet can be up to 280 characters in length, plus an image, if desired.
  • Each presenter will be given a 15-minute time slot.
  • Time slots will be allotted based on time-zone to make the conference as accessible as possible for our participants around the world.
  • Tweets must be numbered, and each must include the conference hashtag.
  • Begin with an introductory tweet, and end with a summary tweet.
  • Photographs, illustrations, graphs, and charts are highly encouraged! This helps to make tweets engaging and to make complex ideas possible in an abbreviated formula.
  • Please avoid sharing links to further text describing your research. The idea is to make an impact with your audience in real time, and to do so succinctly and accessibly.
  • We ask that presenters be available during their time slots, so that you can answer questions, just as you would in a face-to-face event.
  • If you are unable to attend during your allocated time, you can schedule your tweets in advance using a number of free online platforms, like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, for example. These will allow you to post without being online at the predetermined time. You will not, however, be able to answer questions in real time.
  • Make sure that your Twitter account is set to public, not private—otherwise, no one will be able to see your tweets.
  • A schedule will be posted on our website and on our Twitter account @YRinHeritage
  • Be sure to space out your tweets within your 15-minute period to allow for questions. We recommend that you post your last tweet up to the 13-minute mark so that you can wrap up before the next presenter begins.


For any questions, please feel free to contact us through Twitter @YRinHeritage, or get in touch with conference organizer Jessica Mace via Twitter @doctormace or via email at mace[dot]jessica[at]

Twitter conference