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Pony Hits The Big Time

My very first SEM paper ever was a great hit! I had a wee bit of a scare on Friday morning when I realized that the hotel's computers did not like my PowerPoint. However, that's why there's a speaker prep room, and that's why I visited it early. I had plenty of time to go up to my room, grab my own laptop, and do a bit of Tech Ninja wizardry to get the presentation working on my computer. I hooked that up in the panel room, and we were good to go.

Mom Pony and Aunt Finduilas sneaked in as promised. My advisor was there, along with the rest of the U of C ethnomusicology faculty, and lots of friends, including the INPOD! I got lots and lots of really good questions, and I know now where this is going to go in its transformation into the third chapter of La Dissertation.

And my advisor was just beaming and said it was "high on the applause-o-meter."

Now I'm at home with the Pony Parents, having earned some serious vegging out.


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Nov. 22nd, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
You are a rock star! Awesome:D
Nov. 22nd, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
I felt like a rock star! The U of C was very well represented at this conference, and I helped!
Nov. 22nd, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Congrats on both the great presentation and the great questions. You can learn a lot from how people react to your work--in this case both its considerable strengths and how you can make it even better.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. In this case, I've now decided to expand the theme of the chapter from just "Femininity" to "Feminism and Femininity," and I know three or four good points to hammer on in the chapter version and some places to get more backup information.

Also, in other dissertation news, I've started compiling a list of jokes to use in the introduction to explain various features. For instance, I'll be explaining my choice of subtitle using one of the mathematician jokes that Mom Pony taught me. Also, one of the chapter titles is currently "A Priest, A Minister, and a Cantor Walk Into A Bar . . ." Because there's no reason for a dissertation to be boring.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
LOL. Good for you!
Nov. 22nd, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Since I use the in-text citation method, and since ethnomusicologists tend to avoid footnotes (as opposed to the historical musicologists, who write wee dissertations in theirs), I'm considering having one-count-it-one footnote in the whole thing, which will be a punchline to that chapter title, placed all the way at the end of the chapter.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm glad it went off well.

Btw - what does SEM mean? A quick google suggested "search engine marketing" or "scanning electron microscope," but somehow, I don't think that's what you mean...
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Oops, sorry. SEM is the Society for Ethnomusicology. www.ethnomusicology.org, if you're interested.
Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
Omygosh, ohmygosh! I was expecting you to do well. It sounds like it went very, very well. And the INPOD! Did you expect that?
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
I was very pleased at how the paper turned out, and especially by the comments!

And, yes, I specifically invited the INPOD to come. She came, and she said that she specially liked how I answered the questions.

Warm Pony fuzzies all around!
Nov. 23rd, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Way cool!
Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Oh brilliant! That's so great. I'm delighted for you :-)
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was especially gratifying because I organized the panel from the beginning.
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