As I've mentioned in my most recent postings, I am in Boston for a few days attending the annual American Culture Association/Pop Culture Association national convention. This is my first experience with this organization (I've attended numerous other academic conventions through different organizations). This convention is different in a refreshing way from others I have attended.
Here, one will find academicians and others interested in a variety of what I'll call non-traditional academic fields (i.e. fiction, regional histories, and -- perhaps my favorite -- graveyards and cemeteries). No, I've not had the chance to experience any of these sessions, but the thought that academic research does not have to be limited to traditional communications disciplines is a good one. Next year, this group heads to San Francisco. It might be worth the trip.