Graduate students from the history department here at U of T have organized a two-day conference for the past 4 years. I’ve always wanted to be involved in it as I believe it is a great experience to organize a conference and create a place where people can connect and exchange ideas.
In 2005 I was part of a huge committee that organized a seven-day gathering of people interested on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.So this year I finally joined the organizing committee of our Annual Graduate History Symposium. The theme of the conference was one dear to my heart (“Cultures in Contact”) and there were six of us in the committee. We began meeting regularly and planning the conference last summer and the day has finally come and gone. We received over 80 papers, selected about 48, 41 of whom confirmed and presented papers in the past two days.Those of us in the organizing committee were there at 7:30 AM both days to get everything ready for opening at 8:30.
It was an exhausting two days, but I’m pleased to say everything went extremely well. Everyone who had to show up did so in time. All the panels went according to schedule and our guests from out of town felt welcomed. The only major problem was the excess of food, but I guess nobody really complained about that. And it was very good food! It was exhausting but worth every minute.
Pictures to come…
Now it’s time to move on to the dissertation. No more excuses.