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Brief Conference Report

We just got finished with our grad student music conference. There's a concert tonight, and then it's all over. My paper was a hit. But the big revelation of the conference was this:

There is only one thing funnier than watching a grad student try to give a paper exploring the narrative function of music in Deep Throat, and that is hearing this paper immediately upon the heels of a serious paper exploring women's agency and historical voice in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites.

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meggins
Feb. 25th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
My paper was a hit.

Yay, Pony!!

How did the concert go?
frenchpony
Feb. 25th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
The concert was okay. Nothing special, but nice to hear. Or not hear, in the case of the countertenor soloist, whose voice isn't quite big enough for Rockefeller Chapel.
telperion1
Feb. 25th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Go you! I've never presented a paper at a conference, so I'm in awe of anyone who does.
frenchpony
Feb. 25th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is the second conference where I've presented. They can be a lot of fun, actually. I had a good paper for this one, which helped.
dawn_felagund
Feb. 25th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that the presentation went well! :)
frenchpony
Feb. 25th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Me, too. I was kind of surprised at how many of the historical musicologists and theorists liked it. Sometimes, the historical musicologists and theorists will just sit and tune out the ethnomusicology papers, because they figure they won't know or care anything about the society under discussion. But I was talking about 19th-century Viennese Jews, and they all know something about 19th-century Vienna, so that grabbed them.
kaikias
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
That sounds like it'd do it. (Also, awesome. On both counts.)
frenchpony
Feb. 25th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
meckinock
Feb. 25th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yay for the paper being a hit.

Deep Throat and nuns. I learn so much on LJ :-)
frenchpony
Feb. 25th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I think there was some disappointment that the guy talking about "Deep Throat" didn't use any video clips in his speech. . .
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 25th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your paper was a hit! Go you!

And it sounds like, um, an interesting mix of topics :-)
frenchpony
Feb. 25th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I guess this is what the chair of the music department meant when he talked at the beginning of the conference about the brave, brilliant research ideas of graduate students. . .
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frenchpony
Feb. 26th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
I never doubted for a second that your paper would completely blow them away. :-)

But still, it is a very pleasant feeling to see everyone so interested and coming up to chat with you about it afterwards. Even if you were pretty sure going into it that the paper was a good one. Very few music people had seen that paper before, and it was the first work I've shared with my fellow students at this school, so it did feel somewhat like unveiling something brand-new.

One of the lovely things about this particular conference is that the only theme is "grad student work." So you can get papers about anything, in any order.
heartofoshun
Mar. 30th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
Oh, French Pony, you made my day with this one. Please friend me!
frenchpony
Mar. 30th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
Done and done.
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