Sorry this is of pretty specific interest; I just want to be able to share it with family. Okay, so, when we left off yesterday, we'd established that it was certainly reasonable to hypothesize that Mary Cox was descended from the George Harlan line of Quakers who settled in Pennsylvania and were part of the … Continue reading Even More Genealogy!
Which is literally probably of interest only to me and my relatives, but it's my blog so... yeah. I've been spending a lot of time researching the two lines that my parents come from: Davis and Reed. Yes, I know my maiden name was Hitchcock and now it's Morimoto; it's a not-very-long-but-kind-of-involved story. Suffice it … Continue reading More Genealogy!
So, I now have a new hobby: genealogy. It's kind of the best/worst thing for someone like me - research intensive, no need to actually WRITE results of the research, and (sometimes) heavy on instant gratification. It's also riddled with intense wishful thinking and enough group thought that weeding through legends and hopes and outright … Continue reading Genealogy Stuff
For many people, those first few conferences can be stressful enough to put you off the whole thing altogether. Particularly at the very big conferences, it's very easy to feel insignificant and invisible. Everyone seems to know each other, it can be hard to crack existing social networks, Big Name Scholars walk around being (mostly … Continue reading How to Conference: The Messy Social Stuff
What To Do When Everything Goes Wrong Or, really, what to do before everything goes wrong. Because at least once in your presenting career, EVERYTHING will go wrong. Most issues have to do with technology: the Internet connection is bad, you're missing the right adapter, you forgot to request AV equipment in the first place, … Continue reading How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 3
Sliding Like a Pro As with reading from your paper, there are those who firmly believe that we have too. damned. many. PowerPoint. presentations nowadays; and, also like reading from your paper, a lot of this antipathy towards slides of any kind tends to come from them being handled badly. So, what does a bad … Continue reading How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 2
To Read or Not to Read In the previous post, I claimed that reading your paper at a conference is not necessarily bad. Not everyone thinks this. There is a large and vocal contingent of scholars for whom reading your paper is the worst kind of conference sin. This is typically because, as I stated … Continue reading How to Conference: Presenting the Paper 1
Citation is Political You know who they are: the two or three academic stars that get cited in everything. They have their own boxes on the conference bingo card, their names come up so often. And they may be the nicest people in the world. They may actively use their position and platforms to make … Continue reading How to Conference: Writing the Paper 3
Kill Your Darlings You have the best research question on the planet, and you want everyone to know about it. ALL about it. So let me burst your bubble by saying that, at a conference, that's impossible. "But wait!" you say. "I just need to get this [unrelated to the paper itself] information into the … Continue reading How to Conference: Writing the Paper 2
Do I HAVE to? The Pros and Cons of Writing Out a Conference Paper One thing people - especially those pressed for time - wonder is if you should even bother writing out your paper fully. For some, a detailed outline may suffice; others will move that outline to PowerPoint notes and worth from those. … Continue reading How to Conference: Writing the Paper 1