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Kalamazoo Sunday

Breakfast involved a tablet weaving demonstration. Afterwards, I made yet another attempt to visit the bookroom and was sidetracked yet again by running into friends and colleagues. The good of this is that I am still traveling light; the bad of it is that I didn't have nearly enough time to dabble in the new books published in the past year. My final session was a final Avista one: modern recreations and reanalyses of medieval technologies.

The rest of the day was an exercise in relocation: a sociable drive from Kalamazoo to Indianapolis with SmithKatie and co. A quick flight to D.C. which arrived early. Dinner in the U.S.'s largest Vietnamese strip mall, featuring hundreds of stores and restaurants.

Overall, it was the most thematically-unified experiences I've ever had with the conference. I mostly only attended sessions related to Avista or to weblogs, only broadening my scope on Satuday. Thus, for perhaps the first time ever, I didn't even make it to a literary or art historical session - no Dante sessions, no Venetian sessions, nothing on publishing or pedagogy which I hadn't organized myself. One of the pleasures of Kalamazoo is dabbling. With up to sixty-or-so simultaneous sessions, it's a goldmine of tangential material. It has been regularly the case in the past that the best papers I've attended were from sessions I attended more on whim than need. Caught up in long strings of related events, however, it's very easy to attend one of the mini-conferences which effectively occur within the behemoth. This meant I ended up spending more time catching up with fewer people more effectively, but met fewer new people overall than I might usually at this conference. (Hello, eulistes!)

A last note: I have never experienced such consistently clement, gorgeous, blue-skied weather at Kalamazoo as the conference offered this week. It was perfect.



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May. 16th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Really? I was absolutely dying for rain or cloud or just anything that wasn't quite so hot and sunny. The drizzle and lowering greyness I flew in to at Heathrow was absolutely perfect and really what I needed after that! Hmm, I'm too English, aren't I?
May. 16th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
Clearly, you need a parasol.
May. 16th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the conference went so well & that the weather was gorgeous, too. I would like to write to your networking friend but don't have her email. Could you send it to me? Thanks (and have a great time in D.C.!)
May. 16th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with childeric -- the first two days were gorgeous to look at, but too damned warm and sticky. It made me realise that I'm going to have to invest in the nasty unnatural sort of anti-perspirant/deodorant for the next Zoo. It really was turning into the conference of stinky mediævalists -- including people who I know are regular bathers!
May. 16th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Please let me know if you hear any further feedback on our session. I am having fits of dramatic uncertainty and self-depreciation. I think chocolate would help it, but I have a $20 bill in a land of vending machines that take coins and singles. Alas.


I loved the sunshine, not so much with the sticky-hot. (this is bad time to admit I had an air conditioner in my "apartment", isn't it? I guess that means more people will have to join me for drinks just to stay cool next year, eh?) I managed to see two sessions I wasn't involved with, and that was a Good Thing - and still worked 25 hours of overtime even with time off for sessioning. I need to plan socializing better next year, so I can really have catch-up time with my nears and dears rather than short conversations while we're running opposite directions.

And I totally agree with whim-sessions - that's what I really miss, actually, the freedom to attend them.
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