Re: [off list] Re: Attendance Requirement

Subject: Re: [off list] Re: Attendance Requirement
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Mon Jan 31 2005 - 18:28:43 EST

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz wrote:

>And lucre aside, I'd think avoidance of creative inbreeding might be worth
>paying for. Quite a few names I see on published attendance lists turn up
>as names presenting at other conferences and then turn up as names
>presenting at university seminars and doggone if they don't also pop up on
>university faculties (with few dumpster-divers among them).
There were some very funny passages about this practice in David Lodge's
"Small World" -- images
of english professors fltying around the world in jet planes to read to
each other marginally varied versions
of papers they'd read to each other at other conferences. I was at the
SMT a few years in Toronto,
and overheard something like

    "I'd love to continue this conversation but I've got a plane to catch."
    "The London conference?"
    "Great -- we can pick up from there."

Why bother leaving this room?

-- eliot

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