Amsterdam

Nov. 12th, 2013 12:40 pm
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I wanted to write a post about this yesterday, but since the German train system fucked up completely on my way home (as it usually does) I got home past midnight on Sunday and was extremely lazy/tired yesterday.

But: I spent the weekend in Amsterdam with [personal profile] x_los and [personal profile] aralias. Amsterdam is great (somewhere in my top 5 cities, I think) and seeing Katy and Erin again was even better. The reason we met in Amsterdam was an academic conference, the European Fandom and Fan Studies Conference. This was the first time I participated with a paper and a presentation and everything - I have been to conferences in Heidelberg a lot, but only as a helper/TA/visitor. But I'm now officially a PhD student! So that was exciting, and I have to thank Erin for pointing me at this conference. It was small enough to not be scary, but the people there (all of them fans in some way, although there were people talking about music and sports fandom as well as media fandom, so this was both like an academic conference and like a convention - I mean, these two types of event are always pretty similar, but this was explicitly so) were really interesting and nice and I met a German postdoc who will soon move to Mannheim, so we might stay in contact. I'm always a little anxious about choosing academia as a career, but right now I think it's the right choice :)

Amsterdam, as I said, is lovely, even in November and even if you don't do drugs (which we didn't). I think I shall go back at some point. And I talked so much about fandom this weekend that I'm really eager to get back into it now - I want to write things, but I'd also love to talk to people more. But which fandom? I'm really out of love with DW, even though I have somehow agreed to a maybe-date for the 50th anniversary which means I'm going to see an episode in cinema even though I'm pretty much guaranteed to be annoyed by it. I wish I could magically resurrect some nineties fandoms - I could really get into X-Files or Deep Space Nine right now, seeing as I'm doing complete rewatches of them with my RP group. I could get into Tatort, but that's a German fandom and if my paper on German fandom taught me anything then it's this: there's a reason I emigrated. I'm probably going to look into Blake's 7 since I heard so much about it this weekend (and got to look at and touch some genuine zines) and I'll see Thor some time this week, maybe even tonight.

Anyway - I'll probably be less busy in the upcoming months than I was last year. My exams are done, I have a regular job as a secretary/research assistant, and although I'll be working on my thesis, I think there'll be enough time to do other stuff as well!
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