Think of a name for your group. This is just for the purpose of identification.
Your reading group has three meetings between 1st Feb-1st April. Each meeting takes two hours. Think of a space that is peaceful and relaxed. The liveliest discussions often occur in informal and cosy spaces: homes, libraries, cafes.
Introductions + summaries
Each meeting is prepared for with a written introduction two days before the meeting, and documented with a written summary. Each member of the group writes one introduction and one summary. If there are more people than meetings, several people will introduce or summarize the same topic.
Introductions and summaries are published in a shared blog.
The course of a meeting
- Before meeting, everyone reads the texts chosen for this
- Two days before the meeting, the person responsible of the introduction publishes the introduction in the blog and everyone reads it.
- In the meeting, everyone has all the texts at hand (on screen or on paper).
- The writer of the introduction will act as a chairperson and start the session by talking trough the introduction and proposes topics for discussion. After that conversation is free, but if needed, it is up to the chairperson to steer the conversation and keep everyone involved.
- The person responsible for the summary will make notes of the discussion. After the session, she will write the summary of the main issues and points discussed, and publish it in the blog within a week.
After the meetings
On April 11th, prepare to tell about the work of your reading group to others. You do not need slides, but make sure you are prepared to present for example your most interesting findings, most burning questions, most difficult topics, etc. of your three meetings.
Hints for doing the introduction
- The introduction is to be published in the blog two days before your meeting. Important: In the blog post, state clearly the name of your group, the date of your upcoming meeting, the theme of the meeting and your name.
- Already when reading, make notes of things that are interesting, exciting, difficult or otherwise notable.
- When possible, get aqcuainted with information on the writers and the backgrounds of the texts.
- The introduction should not be a synopsis of the texts. Instead, you shouldcompile themes that interest you and your thoughts about them. You can bring forth questions, opinions, provocations, critical ideas and suggestions for topics of discussion. The point is that your introduction would raise and inspire discussion.
- The introduction should be around 800 words. You can use subheads.
Hints for doing the summary
- The summary is to be published in the blog within a week from your meeting. Important: In the blog post, state clearly the name of your group, the date and place of your meeting, the theme of the meeting and your name.
- When in the meeting, keep constant notes. You can record the meeting if you want, but note that transcribing the audio is pretty slow. Don't rely on your memory: It's useful to write down your thoughts right after the meeting.
. The idea is to record where you met, who was there and how long. Then write down the gist of the discussion: which issues raised heated discussion, which were left unsolved; what was agreed on and what caused disagreement.
- The summary should be around 800 words. You can use subheads.