You may have noticed that I only had two days of NWSA thoughts, although I was at the conference for four solid days. This is evidence of how busy those four days were. Full from morning until night! So let me provide some highlights from my notebook of observations about the conference, and then we'll move on to other matters on Baxter Sez.
- At one point I wrote, "I never talk about 'methodology' in my writing. I have methodologies, but rarely (never?) do I map them out that way." It seems like all the grad students I saw talked about their methodologies right at the outset.
- There's apparently a children's book called Maybelle the Cable Car by the same author (a woman) who wrote the steam shovel book.
- Rachel Reinke has a colleague who's in WGS and refers to WGS scholars as "professionally offended." This relates to a point I made in the Program Administrators and Directors' pre-conference, where I pointed out Biffle's observation that WGS faculty use the word "appalled" way too much. There's a lot that's appalling, of course, but we don't want to be the field that's universally appalled or professionally offended. I talk about this in my essay in Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies, out in December.
- I had a wonderful date with Sujatha Jesudason and took a page of notes. One note of interest: how is it that talking about prenatal testing makes people think you're pro-life? Sujatha and I are both emphatically in favor of reproductive rights, and both questioning the role of prenatal testing.
- I had an extended conversation with my feminist cohort about fashion--namely, my lack of it. They all know that I hate shopping, and they generally endorsed Biffle's notion that I buy five outfits that are identical and wear them all week. In other words, dress like a man.
- And here's an example of how I'm trying to incorporate self-care into my life: there was a dance party Saturday night, but I was exhausted, so I went back to my room. I missed a dance party! That was a big step for me, and a bit sad. But I was really exhausted.