International Conferencing, Iceland-Style

In October, Tiffany and I had the privilege to present our work at the Who’s Got the Power Conference, hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Iceland–Reykjavík. We were so pleased at the new colleagues we met and the expansive cross-disciplinary conversations we had (turns our philosophers know more about theatre than Plato and Tertullian).

The basic gist of my paper was an application of Richard Schechner’s entertainment-efficacy braid to the current political environment and teasing out an argument that the braid has diverged from Schechner’s projected trajectory and inadvertently reversed itself—with entertainment in the dominant position over efficacy.

Plus the Murphtones got to spend a week in Iceland, seeing geysers, waterfalls, glaciers, and even faint glimmers of the Aurora Borealis.

If all international conferencing is this awesome, I see more on the horizon…