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Kalamazoo Thursday

Today I achieved a major and exciting landmark in my academic career: paper title snark. My paper was titled "The Invention of Agriculture", and a friend overheard people mocking the title, complete with air quotes around agriculture. They thought, from the title, that the paper was going to postulate some major revolution in agriculture in the Middle Ages. (In fact, it was about what medieval historians believed, based on their research, concerning the origins of agriculture. See? Appropriate title.) I feel as if I've achieved a rite of passage.

Mine was a quirky session. It was organized as a three paper session, but since our third "paper" involved food, it had to happen in a different room - indeed, a different building - than an overhead projector. Thus, it was even at a different time slot. Part one of the session was well attended, perhaps forty people. We had a healthy number of questions afterwards. The multitudes (250-300, perhaps) descended on part 2, a stupendous feast of samples of medieval food, served during wine hour. Best of all, the food was delicious and lots of people expressed interest in Avista.

The rest of the day: social networking pedagogy; reunions with friends around every corner; gorgeous, clear, warm weather; and a pizzookie at Bilbo's. (A pizzookie involves an oven-fresh chocolate chip cookie baked in a mini-pizza pan, with ice cream and chocolate sauce on top.)



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May. 11th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Quirky presentations are, indeed, fun. Yay!
May. 12th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
May. 11th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the paper! And for the welcome news -- that Bilbo's is back. Or maybe it never left -- though last year, to my disapppointment (the beer was good as well as the pizzas), people were saying it had closed down. I never checked, however, so perhaps the rumours were wrong. I look forward to my next visit -- though I am not convinced by the pizzookie at all!
May. 12th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, Bilbo's is back, and big and full of windows now (i.e. none of it is underground). It's not within easy walking distance thought - it's west on Stadium. I didn't go last year either and missed the pizzookie especially, although their salads are mighty fine too.
May. 11th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
I want to know all about this research! Where can I read about these papers? :-)
May. 12th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
I can email you mine. 1000 word versions of all of the Avista session ones will appear in the fall issue of the Avista Forum Journal. (It's so nice to know you're interested!)
May. 11th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Paper title snark? Gosh, people are petty and high-schoolish. Glad you are able to approach it with a sense of humor.
May. 12th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Paper title snark is pretty easy to indulge it when it comes to the Kalamazoo program book. I'm sure I've done it before too. The sheer breadth of the conference means that even otherwise innocuous titles might read misleadingly if you don't know the subfield.
May. 12th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
The history of food technology is a keen hobby of mine. I'm involved in the SCA for the food :-)
May. 11th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Glad it went well!
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