September 17th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances

Kalamazoo Startlement

So... I know I've heard it's fairly easy to have a paper accepted one way or another at the large Medieval Studies Congress at Kalamazoo. If you apply to a special or sponsored session and they pass on your paper, your paper will likely be placed in a general session. There's room for as many people as possible and ludicrously large numbers of people do present. There are usually something like 40 simultaneous sessions at any given moment.

However, I've also hear it takes up to months to hear back from the conference as to whether or no a paper has been accepted, especially for those papers ending up in the General session. Last year, I knew before some of the presenters that their papers had been accepted when I saw their names in the program book. In other words, some people don't find out until January.

I submitted my proposal to a special session via email less than a week ago, on Wednesday. Yesterday, email returned to me which fairly clearly implies that my proposal's been accepted for the session I was after. It sure looks that way! Talk about a fast turnaround time. The funny thing is, it doesn't say it's been accepted. It just says, here's the session abstracts and forms needed to go to the Congress, does everything look good? Give or take the spelling of my name, it does indeed.
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I went home in order to attend the memorial service for the friend who died in August. It was a wonderful memorial service. I think Louise would have liked it. It was good, and affectionate, and funny. Ten different people spoke, all representing different aspects of her life. My mother spoke. Afterwards there were nibbles and lots of socialization and visiting with people I don't see nearly often enough.

Other things while at home...

- A trip to Chat Noir, a coffee shop. Good crepes.

- Dinner with just my sister and me, a chance to catch up and eat an amazing, rich chocolate souffle with ice cream and berries. Yum.

- A breakfast meeting, brief, but good, with friends and my sister. The second time I'd seen the twins in a month.

- A trip to Grinnell College's gallery to see their current show of Italian Prints and Drawings, temporarily in the country from Iowa's sister state in Italy, the Veneto. My father gave a gallery talk to about 30 people, an unusually large crowd for a field trip. It went well.

- Dinner with family friends at a new English-style pub in town. They had 6 kinds of Chimay, and I've finally found another decent cider: Woodchuck.

- Trip out on a motorboat with a friend I haven't seen since Amsterdam in '99. We saw thousands of pelicans floating in enormous groups on the lake.

- This was the second time in my life I've been to temple, this time for Yom Kippur. The service was beautiful, the music especially.

- Afterwards, there was an elegant buffet-style dinner in honor of breaking the fast (thus the incentive to attend the service), at the house of a friend of the family's. The mini-latkes were delicious, as was the squash-based soup served in espresso cups.

The flights were all quiet and uneventful. I'm now halfway through re-reading Emma.

I finished Pastwatch on the way down and it temporarily threw off my sense of history. Someone mentioned atrocities visited upon Native Americans and my initial mental reaction was 'What atrocities? That history was redone so it never happened, what with the engineered virus and everything, wasn't it?' And then, of course, I realized how wrong I was. The book wasn't immensely well written, but Orson Scott Card certainly has some amazing ideas. It gave me plenty to think about.
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Welcome to LJ, cwjat!

We went through Latin together all last year and now she's leaving Toronto and heading off to graduate school in Cardiff (Crusader archaeology!!!) Hopefully she'll have incentive enough to use LJ for the occassional updates from there.