Well, this is a new one for me: I don't know how to plan for this year's academic conferences, because I have no idea where on earth I will be when they are held. In previous years, I've had to contend with financial obstacles and the occasional concern of "what paper am I going to give to justify my schmoozing?" I didn't quite realize until faced with the calls for papers and the emails about conference dates that, since I don't know where I will physically be, I cannot yet buy a plane ticket. And if I can't buy a ticket, I can't guarantee that I will be able to attend.
And to think that I was worried before about figuring which of my disciplinary conferences to attend! (There are three big-time conferences that are obvious contenders in any given year.) Never mind negotiating the overlapping dates; what about determining what continent I will be living on?
Yet another reason to wish that I had something lined up for this coming year. Perhaps this is my cue to go back to work on my job apps.
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