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On the news of Alex Smith

I've just learnt about the unfortunate and untimely passing of Alex Smith last Thursday. I didn't know her very well, but from talking to her it was obvious that she was a very nice person, and my condolences are with those lucky enough to have known her well. Alex was a promising young academic and her passing will touch many.

My conference

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Papers attended: 25
Free meals eaten: 9
Nights in hotel: 3
Flights: 2
Distance travelled: about 1,000 miles
Free mugs: 3
Cups of coffee drank: innumerable

Open Access to UK theses

It would seem that in conversation earlier today I unfairly maligned the lack of easy and affordable provision of copies and database metadata of UK theses; getting back to my room I discover that the British Libraries EThOS project is now live, providing just that.

A definite step in the right direction towards Open Access in British academia.

via Blogographos, via History News Network.

Presidential address

This year's CA presidential address was by Richard Seaford, who--while covering such diverse subjects as monetisation, the economy, Greek tragedy, semiology, the relationship between ritual(isation) and meaning, and global warming--gave a substantial and brilliant talk. At once witty and weighty, it gave much to think about.

Oh and it combined on one hand the deconstruction of social mythologies, a la Barthes, and classics/ancient history. So the perfect talk for a joint honours Ancient History and Cultural Criticism graduate. Like me. It's both refreshing and encouraging to see eminent scholars such as Seaford prepared and accomplished in such a way as to be able to combine these disciplines of thought.

Glasgow Classical Association Conference 2009

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Hotel and the ClydeSo. This is, I guess, the first bit of real, non-lorem ipsum content on this blog. I'll keep it simple and just make a few reflections on the first two days of the Classical Association / Classical Association of Scotland annual conference.

First thought: its all a bit overwhelming. Coming from the comparative bubble of taught higher education (I'm still only on my MA after all), it's a bit of a shock to be suddenly plunged into a the wider world of British (and international) classicism. Or rather a bit of cognitive dissonance. It's a whole wide world of academic networking and interpersonal skills; a number of fellow delegates have said outright that they come more to touch base and renew friendships than to listen to papers themselves.

Not that the sessions are to be sniffed at, as some of those I have seen have been thought provoking, or at least interesting. For me highlights of today have included Kate Hammond's talk on the political intent…