Conference Culture

I recently discovered a new weblog by another academic — and another mother who knows what it’s like to lug a large baby in a stroller up and down the NYC subway steps (permalink may be bloggered; scroll to Friday, August 08). Indeed, it sounds like she lugs two children up and down those steps.

In her most recent entry, She offers some hypotheses concerning the upcoming APSA conference that she plans to attend :

1. Even though this is a political science conference, I will hear no one discuss the war in Iraq, the coming election in CA, or gay marriages.

She is soliciting additional “educated guesses.” So let me add one that relates to the annual American Historical Association conference :

The desperate jobseekers will be readily identifiable: they are the ones who are noticeably, if uncomfortably, better- (or least more formally) dressed.