Setting and Scene
Outside and inside the lecture theatre
Speakers, academics, students
Time-filling, planning of the evening’s banquet and transport and the talks
Participants begin to arrive and clump outside of the lecture theatre, gradually filling in; a pair discuss chairing duties standing inside the door; people gradually take their seats. Everybody sits at least one seat apart.
Friendly greetings, small-talk about the evening, requests for guidance on the duties involved in taking the role of chair
Informal register with reference to arrangements already made
Conversational style, participants drift between conversations easily