This past Saturday I was at a regional history conference. I wasn’t presenting, but I chaired a panel, which I enjoy doing. After my panel was done, I attended a couple of others. One was a roundtable discussion of professors, grad students, and undergrads about their experience working on a project to research and write biographies for women involved in the suffrage movement. The other panel was an eclectic group of papers which included medieval warfare, pirates, and heavy metal music, but there were interesting themes running through all of them about how we construct cultural and social responses to traumatic violence. It was a very enjoyable day.

The spring conference, next April, will be at my university and I’m taking the lead on organizing space, food, technology, and so on. Fortunately, I’ve got a lot of the work already done well in advance, but it’s still going to make for a busy spring.


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