Re: [SACC-L] Re: Who is Scott A. Lucas? (Who can afford to attend a conferen...
- This has been a fascinating thread as we hear from people who rarely if ever
attend SACC Conferences explain who they are and what SACC means to them.
In any case I'm inspired to take a crack at this.
I attended my first SACC Conference in 1990 in Merida Yucatan. I mostly
went because I'd done field work in the Yucatan some years earlier and wanted an
excuse to return to the village in which I'd lived. At the conference I met
Lloyd -- and following the conference we drove out to the village he'd done
field work and began a long and wonderful friendship. When I began writing
about my personal research journey on multiple partner sexuality he readily
published four of my essays in SACC Notes. (One is being reprinted in the
upcoming Annual Editions Anthropology 06/07)
When SACC held its 1996 Conference in LA, I attended at least in part
because its my home and I wouldn't need to deal with airfares or hotels. Inspired
by the collegiality despite that my research interests (polygamy/polyamory)
were far apart from the other SACC presenters, I managed to get myself to
every meeting for the next four years. Being a part timer, I'd get small
stipends from the different colleges I'd be teaching at, then I'd search the web for
low airfares or cash in frequent flier miles, look for others to share hotel
rooms and/or stay with family, friends or Servas (Peace and Justice travel
network) hosts. I developed friendships with Mark, Barry, Tony and
Frank...but often felt a disconnect with many of the midwesterners. I liked going out
to dinner with one person at a time -- the boisterous group dinners were not
Eventually I faced that I'd be better off doing my professional networking
with people who have more similar research interests and I focussed on
attending Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and polyamory and swinging
conferences. I did reappear at last year's Montreal meetings--it was fun
reconnecting with old friends, but despite using some frequent flier miles and
getting a small stipend from my school, I decided that I didn't get enough
professionally (re: my research interests) to commit to attending regularly.
If I may make one further anthropological observation, I find the SACC
Conferences to be heavily populated by aging and retired midwesterners--it
functions much as a social club -- with perhaps a day devoted to a hugely eclectic
scattering of papers -- and then the rest of the weekend gets devoted to
socializing in the form of field trips and meals. While I so appreciate the
complete lack of pretentiousness amongst SACC anthropologists, I do find other AAA
conferences more academically stimulating.
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