AMS/SEM/SMT Preview 2012
Well, it is in a little more than month, so probably many of you are already thinking about the epic, once-every-few-years, joint meeting of AMS, SEM and SMT that gets underway in New Orleans at the beginning of November. I know I am. Here are a few things to watch and think about:
1. Will I have enough handouts?
I won’t try to bury the self-promotion down at the bottom of the post (because what are blogs for, anyway?) Ryan and I are both reading (Ryan on Grofé; me on Adès)! We hope you’ll come to our respective papers. As the listserv and guidelines for presenters have already indicated, there is always teeth-gnashing for whether enough copies of the handout will be made.
One way to help make sure everyone has a handout is to include a QR Code on your first powerpoint slide. It’s easy:
– Finish your handout and get it all nice and spiffy, then make a PDF of it. SMT will post a copy of your handout on their web site before the conference. So will AMS. I couldn’t find a link on the SEM site but perhaps someone will clue me in.
– Once your handout is posted, go to http://www.qrstuff.com to generate a QR code (one of those wacky square barcode things) which points to the link on the SMT/AMS web site. If you want to be extra fancy you can use http://bit.ly to see how many people are downloading your handout.
– Insert the QR code just like a picture into your powerpoint. Make it big so people can see it from the back of the hall.
– This way, conference attendees who don’t get the handout can snap a picture of the QR code and follow along on their phones/iPads/tablets, etc. If you want to be able to read a QR code, you have to download an app (at least for the iPhone), there is one that is free which I have used and was pretty good.
– That’s it. No more being sad about not getting the handout. It’s practically mainstream since there are even QR codes for the abstracts and guidebook for the conference (see p. ii of the abstracts booklet).
2. Amusicology No-Host Reception
Our dear readers probably already know this, but the Amusicology no-host reception (that means: you pay for your drinks) will take place from 7-9pm on Friday November 2 at the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel). Please join us! It happens before a lot of the parties later in the evening, and, if previous years are an indication, can be a lot of fun. Who knows, there might even be buttons ….
3. Stuff to do
Luckily, we are having a conference in a city that doesn’t sleep. AMS has put together a restaurant guide and a list of special events. You might also keep an eye on SEM’s special events page. The New Orleans Art Museum is open until 9pm on Fridays and 5pm other days, if you get to town early it is free on Wednesdays, and is conveniently located in the New Orleans City Park. You’ll want to brush up on the mass transit situation to get around if you aren’t renting a car or using taxis.
4. Oh yeah: Papers!
Perhaps you’ve already perused the program and the abstracts. There’s something for everyone; I’m looking forward to seeing some of my friends read, and I’m particularly excited about the Ives Fourth Symphony panel Thursday evening, and the Beatles and Film/TV panels on Saturday. Since I’m in the process of adding a research focus in contemporary British music I’m also planning on ducking into the NABMSA reception for the first time.
That’s it. Don’t be a stranger at the conference!
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