I should apparently be calling it a colloquium. I'm not sure what's the difference, but there you go.
The whole thing was rather mundane, but I'm glad to have gone.
Giving my paper was very nerve wracking, but I got good feedback. I know that I need to decide what other primary texts I will work on besides the Pentateuch. That suggestion I got from the head of the department...who also said that my paper was 'good'. I noticed he didn't say that to everyone. So, woohoo.
I'm kindof wishing now that I'd agreed to give my paper at the PG conference for the Scottish Universities at the end of June. Can't be helped at this point. I was so nervous that this paper would go badly that I didn't want to subject myself to two presentations. Next time, I'll know better.
I know that if the Doktor-Vater has anything to do with it, I'll be presenting every chance available now. I'm pretty sure he's trying to beat the timidity out of me. Good idea, I'm sure. :)
We stayed at a place called 'The Burn' near Edzell for the colloquium. It was very lovely. I believe that anyone with a connection to academia can go and stay there if they want a getaway. I would stay again. The food was good and actually interesting (which isn't always true with veggie food away from home).*
Now that I'm back, it's house tidying and catching up on email. And, putting dryad_wombat
's package in the mail! Must not miss doing that again!
* I was the only veggie out of 28** people. A little unusual in my experience.
** Of the 28, there were 4 women. I can see that somewhere down the line I'll be hired because I'm a woman, not because of my ability...and that makes me overwhelmingly angry.