[image from Yvonne Romney Dixon, Designs from Fancy, Folger exhibit guide to George Romney's Shakespearean drawings]
I’m posting this picture of Lear to remind us all of Joe Roach’s fine Clifford Lecture of March 24th, which deployed a different Romney Lear sketch to fine effect. Somehow, Roach moved from his usual discussion of Victorian kitsch Restoratiana to something very different: the theatrically-coded exchanges of an aristocratic father and daughters in the World’s Worst Eighteenth-Century Family.
So that was one of my high points for ASECS. I’ve got others, but I’m curious about which panels readers found most useful for their own research and teaching. What panels or papers were your highlights? Hit the comment button and let us know. And I’d love to hear from any presenters if they have additional insights they’d like to share about their panel discussions.
There were also some interesting side-conference activities, in terms of THAT Camp and tweetering. I’m glad both these activities were there (though I couldn’t make THAT Camp), but I still think ASECS could be made much more available to online users, and archived better, than it currently is. Any thoughts about how these activities added to the conference, or could be better integrated into the event?
My final comment would be a plea to the organizers of ASECS 2013 to think much more reflectively about the presentation formats for the day’s panels. The roundtables help, but the default mode for the majority of presentations is back to back papers and very little Q&A. I think we could be doing a lot more to vary the presentations, to make them more interactive, and to allow better feedback between presenters and audiences than the current set up.
Otherwise, it can easily become this: