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PostWAIS Mini-Summit: Pike, Pack, and Kowalsky in Barcelona (David Pike, France, 07/16/19 7:14 am)
I may be the first of us three WAISers to report home and send you photos taken at last week's four-day ASPHA (Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies) conference in Barcelona. There could have been a fourth if Henry Levin, currently in Catalonia, had dropped in to join us.
WAISer Sir Paul Preston was scheduled to deliver a keynote, but had to cancel for health reasons.
So that's Sasha Pack standing with me, and at the table to the left of me, that's Dan Kowalsky (my future co-author on Stalin 2), Sasha, and Stephen Jacobson (conference organizer). That was a curious banquet for a four-star hotel. We were seated in eights or tens around large round tables on which the waiters dropped sumptuous dishes in the middle. Take it from there. It reminded me of nothing so much as the scene in Barcelona in late summer 1936, when the CNT-FAI took over all the luxury restaurants and invited the workers to take their seats. On the grimmer side, I haven't seen food wasted on that scale since I went round the world on the good ship SS Ryndam, carrying Chapman University students on its World Campus Afloat program.
Pax et Lux from us three WAISers.
JE comments: See below for a glimpse at the festivities. David, academics usually practice moderation in food and drink, although there's also the reality of "registration creep": you have to recover your investment through overconsumption. Conferences have become extremely expensive things to sign up for. The last one I attended (Chile) charged over $400 for two dinners, a coffee cart, and a tote bag.
Ever the outlier, WAIS always provides excellent conference value. Which reminds me: it's been four years since our last meeting. Let's do something about that.
Best wishes to Sir Paul (Preston) for a speedy return to full strength.
Sasha Pack and David W. Pike
David Pike, Daniel Kowalsky, Sasha Pack, Stephen Jacobson