Am I the only person floating around the blogosphere with Kalamazoo envy? It's bad enough that virtually half of my favorite humanities bloggers are Medievalists, but they also get a kick-ass conference that they all seem excited to go to, complete with a dance (which may be a mixed blessing), and a huge blogger meet-up, one even bigger than our little one at MLA, which is supposed to be for the whole field (granted, there was that nifty little panel, but we got hustled outta there so quickly that it was hard to make any new connections at all).
So, ok, partially I'm just wishing I could go to the K'zoo meet-up. Because, you know, I like people and I like to meet them. I am also, however, wishing that my field had a conference like this, one that regularly attracted a wide range of folks who shared these interests. The Narrative Conference comes close, I'll confess, and a couple of years ago, I enjoyed the dance as much as many seemed to enjoy the K'zoo dance. But few bloggers. Very few bloggers.
What I really want is a regular modern drama conference, one that attracts major scholars in the field, many graduate students, and a core of folks who will go again and again. And it'll have a dance. We modern drama folks can head off to ATHE (the big theatre conference) or ASTR (which is also theatre, but more theory oriented), and there's the lovely Comparative Drama Conference, which has a limited modern drama presence. But several years ago, the journal Modern Drama hosted a great conference (which I know only from the excellent volume published as a result: Modern Drama: Defining the Field) that I wish a) I'd been in on, and b) repeated annually. That's what I'd like.
Or maybe, just to be a fly on the wall (or an actual real person) at the Kalamazoo blogger meet-up. I'd like that, too.