March 13, 2005

Ovidiana

Well, like most conferences, this one was exhausting — but it was fabulous. Really, it was quite remarkable. All the papers were very good — itself a surprising thing, really, there’s usually a range of quality — and each panel was so well put together that there were noticeable themes and correspondences in each, even though the topics were extremely wide-ranging. Sample topics: 15th century Italian art, Gower’s use of Ovid for political purposes, the textual history of the Ovide Moralisé, Ovid and Alchemy, and how Ovid’s art and life are relevant to the current political climate in the United States. The most fascinating part of the whole weekend was the extremely animated and intelligent discussions that followed the papers, and the connections people were making between widely divergent fields and approaches. In short, it was really everything one could hope a conference should be!

Plus I spent some time with friends I don’t see as often as I’d like, including one old friend who came all the way from Stanford to attend. Since it’s possible some of my ‘real-life’ friends still read this, I’ll mention that it was Jack Mitchell, now working on a PhD in Homer at Stanford. It was really lovely to see him again, after at least three or four years; we went to high school together, but I’ve only kept up with him intermittently.

Of course, little knitting was done, and even less work — but I feel intellectually stimulated and generally educated, so I don’t care. And I did manage to finish the first sleeve of the blue sweater… picture coming soon. I will wear this sweater before spring! (Not really much of a declaration, given that it was -14C with windchill this morning! Spring still seems rather far away). Knitting is just another kind of metamorphosis, after all — so it fits in with the weekend just fine.

Posted by Aven at March 13, 2005 11:16 PM
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