Posted on | December 9, 2006 | 11 Comments

Kate & Mel

Glen managed to catch this sweet pic of Kate and I during our book launch in Canberra. It’s the only one I’ve seen from the launches that captures the seriousness and the emotion of what is on the surface such a happy event – when you realise people you respect are saying nice things to you because they want to, not because they have to. Given the title of the book, maybe it’s only fitting that I’ve been having some very strong affective reactions at each of the launches, which yesterday stretched to include a fit of hysterics in one conference session and crying (I think from a combination of despair, depression and pride) during the last 20 minutes of John Frow’s keynote. It could be the quality of drinks catering and the lack of sleep too I guess. My poor body. I promise to be much better to you from now on.

There are more pics from the past week on flickr, which seems to be doing a better job of documenting my life than I’m able right now (thanks ladies!). I’m hoping there will be more from a certain very large night out in Canberra when some South-bound travellers return home…


11 Responses to “Moments”

  1. Mel
    December 9th, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

    Goddammit, Will undermined my best Blue Steel with his best Primary School Bunny Ears.

  2. glen
    December 10th, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    glad you liked the snaps. i’ve got one from the public lecture that also is more about capturing the affects of the relation of public-to-lecture then capturing the frontal gleam of what is ‘meant’ to be felt in the circulation of knowledge of a ‘public lecture’ (perhaps exemplified better in the final keynote where it was also obviously an event in a particular canberra social milieu and well dressed punters performed ‘audience’ in a certain way).

    re photo of will and i. the particular arrangement of my arms makes me look like a thug about to monster something on approach to parliament house. brilliant. all my machismo fantasies are satisified.

  3. kate
    December 10th, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    Ace pic, Glen. That moment of listening is difficult even when the words are lovely. Particularly so.

    A good friend admitted that he got teary when Catharine Lumby was talking about the process of how our respective books came into the world. I think that’s because a friend knows the back stories and personal costs of writing a book and completing a project that spans several years. It’s the weight of the process that’s overwhelming. Or maybe that’s just the effects of champagne at lunch. Whichever.

    p.s Speaking of Flickr, I’m glad to see a certain Marx Brothers trio shot at Parliament House has remained (relatively) anon…

  4. melgregg
    December 10th, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    I’m glad to hear it’s allowed to stay public. It’s too cute not to share!

  5. event mechanics » Blog Archive » Canberras
    December 10th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    […] I had fun. Lots and lots. The Sydney postgrad cohort wasn’t as represented as the Melbourne massive. Not too many postgrads from the UWS CCR were there and only a few from USyd Gender Studies. Not sure why this was so. Maybe the conference theme? Numbers on the conference will be interesting. There seemed to be many more people in Sydney last year. It was cool to hang out with some of the cultstuds crew such as Wil, Mel C, Mel G, and Xian, who I all know reasonably well. This is why I go to these conferences. Sure, also to show off some bullshit I have thought up or researched over the last year, but also just to hang out with people I don’t see very often. It was also great to meet the peeps from Melbourne, in particular Michael Dieter who has commented on here. We had some productive chats. Shout outs to Bjorn, Graham, Gemma, Tammy, Nicole, Ben, James and the wonderful gypsy who tired to hex me with a fired rice prawn epitaph. […]

  6. Pen Robinson
    December 10th, 2006 @ 8:04 pm

    Aw, now I wish I’d gone to the cultural studies conference. I have a copy of your book, and Kate’s, on my desk. Would have been fun to meet you both. 🙂

  7. jean
    December 10th, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

    how dare you all have such a fun conference without me! I think I’m most jealous of the cultstuds karaoke action. Would like to hear more about the Frow keynote too. What did he have to say?

  8. Michael Dieter
    December 10th, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

    Hey Mel, it was great to meet you at the conference. Not sure if the Melbourne photos will be uploaded, they should be distributed, maybe discretely!

    And Jean, John Frow said mentioned something about publishing this paper next year in order to reach an even greater audience outside of cultural studies specifically. So it should be coming out in some form…

  9. craig bellamy
    December 11th, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    I am not sure I understand this. What book? I wouldn’t mind having a look.

  10. melgregg
    December 11th, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

    Hi Craig, the book details are here, but it’s pricey as, so maybe best to head to a library to find it. I think the Andrew Ross chapter would be the most interesting to you given what I know of your own research and politics.

    Pen: let us know what you think!

    I’ll write a bit more about the content of the conference when I get a minute, but I agree with a lot of Glen’s analysis.

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