Friday, February 8, 2013

The Wintry Mix

We've been here nearly a week now, and have settled into a little routine. We have to set the alarm or we would sleep in through the dark and quiet. We make the coffee, experiment with different cereals, and then struggle with the tiny shower and compare methods of avoiding the cling of the plastic shower curtain....  Paul and I head to the computers and check the night's emails before getting

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The First Day

The day kind of started at 4.30 this morning: the jetlagged brain leaps into action and has to be forcibly restrained with slow deep breathing and sheer determination to keep the eyes closed and the body horizontal. I was still awake, I think, around 6.00 but the next thing I knew Joel was knocking on the door saying it was 12.30.

The flight over was very smooth, though Qantas is now clearly

Monday, January 28, 2013


It's Monday night. On Friday morning we say our last goodbyes to all the animals, leave the house in the care of our trusty house-sitters, and head to the airport for three months away.

I am planning to return to this blog to track our adventures once we get going, and to meditate on the idea of "leave" but an important part of the pre-departure travail is to keep track of hours and days as

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Conference report The Making of the Humanities

Here you can read a conference report of The Making of the Humanities III, written by one of the participants, Laura Meneghello. Thanks Laura!

Proceedings of the previous (2010) conference now online

The proceedings of the 2010 conference in Amsterdam, The Making of the Humanities II: From Early Modern to Modern Disciplines, is now online and can be downloaded here.

The proceedings of the 2012 conference in Rome (The Making of the Modern Humanities) will published and presented at the 2014 conference -- on which more info will follow soon.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thanks for a great conference!

The Making of the Humanities III is over. Thanks so much to all speakers and participants for your contributions! You were wonderful.

Information about the next conference in 2014 will be posted soon.

Best wishes,

Rens, Jaap and Thijs (the organizers)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Conference Handbook and Abstracts Are Online

The conference handbook with the full programme, abstracts and some practical information is online, and can be downloaded here. You will receive a hard copy version of the handbook at registration. A quick outline of the programme can be found here.

Some last practical info:

We cannot accept pin or credit card payments at the registration desk. So please bring cash for the conference fee and (optional) dinner -- see below under Registration for the exact costs.

There are direct trains from Fiumicino airport to the center of Rome. Taxis to the city center (i.e. within the Aurelian Walls) have currently a fixed standard fare of 48 euro; click here for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Rome!