Posted on by Rick Wallach
I’ve been contacted by a graduate student and professor from the University of Western Sydney in Australia about the possibility of participating in a conference there in 2014. I’ve responded affirmatively and suggested that if they’re going to put one together they do so during our northern summer, when airfares to Australia are at their lowest. Sydney winters are a bit like late Autumns in the north, not generally too cold except on rare occasions. I’ve been there in early June and there were still plenty of shirtsleeve days. It’s a terrific city. I’d like input from US and Euro-Cormackians about how enthusiastically they would embrace the notion of a conference that far afield. Personally, I’m quite certain I would attend – I’ve been gestating a paper on McCarthy and Patrick White for maybe 18 years or so.
Would be tempted, but I suspect flights to Oz would be prohibitively expensive from the UK.
I’d certainly be interested in working up a paper on McCarthy and JM Coetzee, who’s now resident in Australia.
I’m tempted also. Can I do a paper on my Aussie mate, comparing him to Blevins? They are both pains in the ass.
One of the options we are considering for those who can’t afford the trip is to video record presentations here and show them as podcasts or live Skype transmissions at the Australian conference site, and vice-versa. We’d hold a two-day colloquy here in the States in some central location – Texas, for example – at the same time as the Australian session and wire them together, as it were. The problem, of course, is the difference in time zones but we could surely organize sessions at overlapping hours. Well, we’ve got time to work on it.
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