From Axel Muller's email:
Next summer's Congress has attracted a huge amount of attention among the academic community and the programme is starting to look very exciting - at the moment it looks like more than 1200 people will be actively involved in the 2009 programme ... Your lecture is intended (no pressure!) to start off the academic discussion on Heresy and Orthodoxy on the first day of the Congress (which is intended to continue for the following four days) ... The other speaker on Monday morning is intended to be John H. Arnold (School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck College, University of London) ... The lecture will be held in the main conference auditorium which seats 180 (with a video relay to an adjacent room which seats a further 180) ... At risk of stating the obvious, please bear in mind that our Congress delegates are coming usually from more than 40 countries from across the world and a large proportion will be non-English native speakers (in 2008, this proportion was just under 40%). I would like to ask you to bear this in mind when preparing your lecture (which is largely about avoiding acronyms and talking too quickly).Yeah, nooo pressure at all. I'll just wear a nice suit and juggle oranges on a unicycle while reading from my translation of Judith Butler's Giving an Account of Oneself into medieval Latin. Slowly.