Update: first meeting, 20 Sept. 2012

20 September 2012 Comments Off on Update: first meeting, 20 Sept. 2012

Further to the first planning meeting earlier today, we are working on a schedule for this term and indeed for the academic year; information will appear here as and when it is confirmed. Although the year is booking up fast, there may still be spaces available for twenty-minute papers and for shorter (five- to ten-minute) work in progress pieces.

This year will also feature weekly informal non-meetings, where there will be no papers: every Friday from 12.00 noon to a little before 1.00 p.m., at least two members of the ERS research cluster will be lunching in the FHIS departmental lounge (Buchanan Tower, 7th floor) and conversing, in a leisurely fashion in between mouthfuls, on Early Romance matters. You are welcome to bring along your lunch and join us. Chronologically-appropriate brown waxed woven cloth bags optional. We can provide water, the services of a kettle, and an assortment of fine teas (c/o O’Brien).

While the idea of eating and conversing sociable company is hardly new, it is hoped that combining congeniality with collegiality and adding in 2012 UBC’s emphases on multi-tasking and outreach may prove fruitful as well as enjoyable and perhaps even therapeutic. It should be stressed that this is a parallel strand to the ERS’s main official scholarly events: a series of “anti-sessions” …

A rough draft of notes from the meeting is here (EverNote shared file). With apologies for the use of Franglais.

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