UWICAH 2013 postgraduate conference
Last Saturday was the UWICAH 2013 postgraduate conference -- that's the Universities in Wales Classics and Ancient History (I think). Delegates were a mix of MA, MPhil and PhD students, supplemented by a few academics in post, mostly from the universities of Cardiff, Lampeter, Birmingham and Swansea. The latter played host to the event, using the lovely Singleton Abbey. This former manor house, and the origin of the Singleton campus, was a surprise to me, as I literally did not know that the campus had a building that wasn't of greying, ugly concrete. Also got to say the for provided was on the event side, apparently they'd been successful enough to afford the luxury cakes with the buffet lunch. They also made sure to accommodate us awkward vegetarians. Coffee though was instant.
I should also say that my colleague here in Cardiff University Ulriika Vihervalli gave a talk on 'homosexuality' in late antique Egypt. She managed that rare skill: she got the audience laughing.
I suppose some topic lend themselves to that more than others.