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Europe in May/June – Suggestions?

I’ll be presenting to a conference in Rome in late May, and am hoping to be able to stay in Europe for at least a few weeks after. I hadn’t initially been certain this trip would happen – otherwise, I would have liked to put in proposals for other events. I’ll be at a point where it would be helpful to have opportunities to workshop thesis-related materials. Unfortunately, it’s a bit late to put in proposals to present to other events of which I’m aware. I’m not planning to spend the entire visit in Italy, but am trying to decide where else I might wander. That decision might boil down to whether there are interesting critical theory related events to sit in on, while I’m in the vicinity. If anyone knows of events that might be of interest, feel free to pass things on. (And, yes, in fact, critical theory events are actually what I do for leisure, even in Melbourne… ;-P)

8 responses to “Europe in May/June – Suggestions?

  1. SEK February 29, 2008 at 3:38 am

    I’m a big fan of rural northeastern Italy, because it’s 1) extraordinarily cheap, 2) openly communist and 3) looks just like Tuscany (minus the villas). In the area around Urbino — and if you’ve never been, you must go to Urbino — you can rent rooms for $10/night.

  2. Tom (Grundlegung) February 29, 2008 at 5:25 am

    There is a Hegel conference on at the University of Warwick from the 29-30th May which me and my housemate are planning to go. The line-up looks pretty good: Robert Pippin, Stephen Houlgate, Bob Stern, etc. More details and the full programme here.

  3. N Pepperell February 29, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Hey folks ๐Ÿ™‚

    SEK – I’ve been there before, but *aaaages* ago (it’s been quite some time since I’ve been in Europe). It’s a nice suggestion.

    Tom – I remember hearing about that conference (at a time when I thought it wouldn’t be relevant for me, so I had forgotten about it) – that does sound good. Are you already in the area? Do you know much about good spots to stay and such?

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  5. Tom (Grundlegung) March 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Sorry about the delay in getting back to you…

    I’m not really sure about places to stay around the University hotel-wise. It is a little out of the way from the centre of Coventry (about 40mins from the main train station IIRC), the nearest big city. My friend was an undergraduate there, so I shall ask him about it. There’s also the possibility of staying with people I know from Coventry, which I’m sure you’d be welcome to do too. That would likely be a sleeping-bag-on-the-floor thing though and would involve commuting to and from the University.

    Me and my housemate will be coming from Sheffield, which is just under 2hrs from Coventry via train. You’re more than welcome to our spare room if you want somewhere to stay before and/or after the conference (or indeed any time you’re in that neck of the woods).

    Do remember to let me know when you decide whether or not you’ll be able to make it to the conference. If you do decide to go, I’ll make sure to send you some more concrete information closer to the time.

  6. N Pepperell March 5, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Hey Tom – I haven’t registered yet, but I do plan to attend. It looks like I may be giving a talk elsewhere in the vicinity a few days prior (as long as I’m in a different part of the world, I’m trying to find fresh victims who will allow me to inflict parts of my dissertation on them ;-P), and so I’m still finalising when I’m going to be where – perhaps I could email you soon, to talk about how great a pest I could be to you and your friends ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Tom (Grundlegung) March 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Sure — send me an e-mail when you’ve got more of an idea what you’re likely to be up to.

    I must remember to register for the conference myself. I think it’s that sending them a cheque through the post seems so… neanderthal…

  8. N Pepperell March 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    lol – see, international folk get to pay at the door: perhaps I can get you around sending a cheque by registering as myself… and guest? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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