by J J Cohen
Check out the blog Indirections by Nic D'Alessio for another overview of the recent SEMA conference. Nic picked up on my seismic metaphors, which I admit I overused -- but I was provoked by Mandeville's Travels as an event rather than a mere text. My plenary lecture was obsesssed with Mandeville and rocks, moving from a geological conceptualization (stones, ruins and marble tombs as inanimate holders of history) to a seismic one (a vibration, a movement, a vector of change -- discernible better as a passing than as the residue of a wake).
I did say, repeatedly, that SEMA was seismic. I meant it: the conference has already outlived its three day course, and continues to ripple through blogs, conversations, emails, emergent projects. If you haven't felt its tremors yet, you will.