Thursday, September 18, 2008

Oh, Canada!

Next month, I’ll be taking my first international flight. That’s right. I’m running for vice president. Oh, I kid, in an already-lame way.

No, I’m going to Toronto for the Association for Research in Mothering conference. I’m on a panel with some fine company, talking about “Creativity, Expression, and Agency.” In case you couldn’t tell from the title, it’s an academic conference, and I really have no idea what to expect, here with my aging B.A. Many of my friends are in academics, so I’m not fearing that people will suddenly start questioning me, using words like "hegemony." (I imagine they do that to each other when I'm not around. Kinky!) It’s just sort of the great unknown, both the conference setting and Toronto. True, my friend Trisha is from Canada (and thus gets first dibs on all Canadian karaoke, meaning the Barenaked Ladies and Alanis), but other than knowing the Canadian way of pronouncing “sorry,” I’m a blank slate.

Are you going? Will you? If you can’t, will you at least leave some tips on Canada and/or academic conferences?

8 comments:

jenontheedge said...

We just vacationed in Toronto, so I know of places to visit, but I'm guessing you won't have much free time.

Jennifer said...

Yeah--unfortunately, it's just an overnight dealio.

jessica said...

I know the Canadian national anthem, since I went to (heinous) summer camp in waaaay upstate NY. "Oh, Canada" goes over real big here in Georgia.

Toronto, btw, is a really nice city.

When are you and I going to do some karaoke? I really want to try it, and can't get to any around here. I call Patsy Cline dibs.

Karen said...

You might know how to say 'sorry' but do you know when to say it? This clip should help you out.
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=CPI0aicf4bU

Enjoy TO and Welcome to Canada. I hope you'll come back when you have more time. TO is a great place!

Karen the Canuck

amy said...

I'm going, and I'm not going to use the word "hegemony" at any point. I promise.

Beth Hannon Fuller said...

Toronto is a great city. I went there on my cross country US/Canada after college tour back in 94.
Basically, it's the US only cleaner and nicer...and things ONLY seem much more expensive. There, that should help....have fun,let me know how you like it!

Lauren said...

Oh, I'm sure anything you say will be very interesting and refreshingly CLEAR for an academic conference. Please don't even worry. Have fun!

Lauren said...

Oh, I'm sure anything you say will be very interesting and refreshingly CLEAR for an academic conference. Please don't even worry. Have fun!