15
Dec 09

Slavic Linguistics Conference

5th Annual Slavic Linguistics Conference. Jointly sponsored by the Slavic Linguistics Society, the Slavic and Linguistics departments, CEERES and the Chicago Linguistics Society.

Design Notes:

Simple conference website using the MistyLook WordPress theme. The front page can continue to be used for updates, news, schedule changes, announcements etc using posts while the rest of the site content is built on pages. The site uses a Page widget on the right in the sidebar for navigation. To prevent the list of pages from appearing twice the default horizontal page menu at the top of the site was turned off in the theme options for all pages except “Home”.

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30
Nov 09

The Material and the Code

The Material and the Code is a two-day symposium at the University of Chicago’s Film Studies Center on February 26 & 27, 2010.

Design Notes:

A very simple site with a visually striking header image whose colors match the default background color of the Traveller WordPress theme. The site repeats the default horizontal page menu underneath the menu in a vertical menu in the sidebar. A recent posts widget keeps track of additions to the site. The site also makes good use of the space set aside by the theme for a site tagline to complement the site title.


18
Nov 09

African Studies Workshop

The African Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students and faculty whose work concerns the material and sociocultural lives of people of the African continent and its discursively constituted diasporas, presently and historically.

Design Notes:

A very simple, but well-organized and effective workshop site based on the BlueSky WordPress theme. Individual events are listed as posts on the home page and tagged with one of several categories. These are then displayed using the Category widget in the sidebar allowing one to search through past events by topic.

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03
Oct 09

Law, Culture and Society Workshop

The law stands at the center of virtually every social, political, linguistic and cultural domain. It plays a critical role in shaping our most basic concepts and categories of thought and identity and responds in turn to social and historical transformations. The goal of the graduate Law, Culture and Society workshop is to facilitate the study of law as a cultural and social institution in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Design Notes:

A very simple, but effective and visually interesting workshop site build on the BlueSky WordPress theme. Individual events are listed as posts on the home page and tagged with one of several keywords. These are then displayed using the TagCloud plugin and widget in the sidebar allowing one to get an immediate overview of the relative number of events in each topic (bigger text = more posts on this topic).

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02
Oct 09

CEERES eBulletin

CEERES eBulletin. An online eBulletin from University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES).

Design Notes:

The CEEREs eBulletin (created using the WordPress Panorama theme) is in many aspects a classic blog with all of the significant content as individual posts with information on events, grant opportunities, conferences etc. Structuring the site in this way allows one to attach content tags and post categories to each posted item (thus making the content browsable by these terms).  A list of current tags and categories are displayed in the site’s sidebar using the Category and Tag widgets.

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27
Feb 09

Albanian Linguistics Conference

Conference on Albanian Linguistics hosted at the University of Chicago on February 28th, 2009.

Design Notes:

Elite WordPress theme (outdated). This is a very simple, but effective site with separate pages for all conference related issues such addresses, the conference program, directions, sponsors etc. The post features of the blog are not being used at all and the blog page has been set to re-direct to the workshop program / conference schedule page (in most themes it is possible to turn off unneeded pages in the site menu).

Of especial note on this site are the links to audio, videos and screencast recordings for each speaker as well as links to downloadable PowerPoint files and PDFs of their handouts. The multimedia files from the conference accessible on the site were prepared with Podcast Producer. The same files were then re-used and placed on in the CEERES album on the university’s iTunesU site for easy download and syncing to a mobile device such as an iPod.

Unfortunately it is not advisable to use this particular theme today since it has not seen any updates for several years. Please follow this link to see other model conference websites using a variety of different readily available WordPress themes.

albling


13
Nov 08

Art and Politics of East Asia

The graduate Art and Politics of East Asia workshop provides a common intellectual forum for students and scholars of diverse fields investigating the interaction of aesthetics with political economics as reflected in textual and visual media in East Asia.

Design Notes:

A very simple and effective workshop site based on the Writer’s Blog WordPress theme. This theme is a good choice if you don’t want to select an image to go along with your site. Several more of our supported WordPress themes also give you the option of not placing an image in the header.

artposeastasia


25
Sep 08

Chinese Opera Films after 1949

Conference held at the University of Chicago on Chinese Opera Films after 1949 – Music, Theater, and Cinematic Arts.

Design Notes:

Roundflow WordPress theme (outdated). This is a quietly elegant site characterized by a careful and harmonious selection of colors for the banner, menus and linked text. The colors for these elements (which can be set in the theme options) are derived from the photo on the front page. The post features of the site have been turned off so that each element of the site is based on an individual page.

Unfortunately it is not advisable to use this particular theme today since it has not seen any updates for several years. Please follow this link to see other model conference websites using a variety of different readily available WordPress themes.

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09
Sep 08

Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture

The Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture aims to develop a new model for graduate education in American culture, to serve as a hub for the exciting multidisciplinary study of America at the University of Chicago, and to make that study visible on a national and international level.

Design Notes:

This is a very simple site based on the Tarski WordPress theme which was put together at short notice for the center. Each section on the site corresponds to a WordPress page. The theme’s horizontal navigation bar was turned off in the theme options in favour of a Page widget displayed in the sidebar.

scherer


19
Mar 08

What Poetry Narrates Conference

Conference website at the University of Chicago for (Ce) que la poésie raconte or, (What) Poetry Narrates.

Design Notes:

NigaRila WordPress theme. Very simple, easy to make conference website consisting of a single post on the homepage announcing the event (additional posts could have been added here for updates, announcements, schedule changes etc.) and a small number of pages for the other elements of the site (Sponsors, Contacts etc.). The text overlaid on top of the banner image is created automatically by the template. All you need to do is to prepare an image with the appropriate dimensions (the theme will even let you use and crop images that are too large for this purpose). In addition the theme allows for the use of different colors beside the default white for the site title. A site like this can easily be put together in under 20 minutes.

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