This is big. Huge. ENORMOUS. I may be more excited about this conference than I was about presenting at the last NACBS. I presented at the last JST conference in Glasgow a few years ago and loved it. Back then, I didn't even consider myself a Jacobite historian, but that conference changed things. Yes, I work on Scottish Episcopalians who were, for the most part, Jacobites, but I approach them from a religious angle, not a political one, so while I technically have always been a Jacobite historian, I didn't actually embrace that until the Glasgow conference.
To say I'm really looking forward to being around "my" people for an entire weekend is an understatement. It's just so nice to get to enjoy an entire conference, rather than having to pick and choose from the panels you might most be interested in and hope you're right. Plus, I need to network again (I haven't been in Scotland in over a year and I constantly worry that people are forgetting about me), pitch my idea for my post-doc project, and see if any of the big whigs bite, I suppose.
As usual, funding is the big problem. I'm hoping there's at least some funding available for grad students. I'm looking for other grants, too, but I'm a bit behind the ball because I didn't hear anything at all for months. I still have time, so I'm hoping the good luck continues and I get enough funding to go. I feel like my future is riding on this conference. I know it sounds silly and very dramatic and is not necessarily true, but I want this post-doc project to work out and I want it to happen in Scotland.
So. Interwebs, send me all the good juju you have, please! I could use it.
Did I mention the conference is in Paris? Naturellement!