Just some quick thoughts before moving on... My paper on scholarly reconstructions of the 'Mediterranean' and its overlap with the Middle East, Arab world and so on I *think* had a nice sympathetic audience, or at least it seemed to me. For a time I was a bit concerned that the paper was going to get a reaction from some of the people critiqued in it but they didn't turn up so no fight. Still, in the longer run in particular, the feedback has been worth it and I'm glad there are more more people out there supportive of criticisms leveled against some of the very problematic cultural/social anthropology and its political contextualisation than I pessimistically thought...
There are loads of things to mention which I won't. The Sheffield reception was extremely well attended, including bloggers e.g. Josh McManaway and James McGrath (who gave me a copy of his resurrection book - nice man - which I'll review in due course). And entertaining as ever. Socially, SBL's been up to it usual fun standards and as usual I'll leave that reconstruction to imaginations.
It is really noticeable without AAR. It seems, well, a bit more hushed and serious. AAR was definitely missed.
More when I'm back home and more awake.