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From: "LBoswell" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] APG PMC (Little Rock) Syllabus?
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:58:48 -0400
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Sorry, but here I have to put my foot back in my mouth firmly.

If the purpose and presentations for the Little Rock conference are directed
at the hobby level, then I don't feel as bad that I'm not able to attend.

seriously, I don't see the difference. A seminar is a seminar, a summary is
a summary.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Drew Smith" <>
To: "APG list" <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: [APG] APG PMC (Little Rock) Syllabus?

> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:20 PM, Ray Beere Johnson II<>
> wrote:
>> --- On Wed, 7/29/09, Drew Smith <> wrote:
>>> It's invalid to compare genealogy conferences with academic
>>> conferences (such as social science conferences).
>> Perhaps this is one reason genealogy is not accepted in academia. As long
>> as we insist on handling things differently, what do we expect will
>> happen?
> Ray, I'm afraid you're confusing two different kinds of conferences.
> A typical genealogy conference isn't intended to be an "academic"
> conference. But this doesn't have anything to do with why genealogy
> isn't accepted in academia. Even if genealogy were to become a
> "normal" academic discipline, existing genealogy conferences would not
> somehow transform into academic conferences.
> Consider botany. Botany is an academic discipline. There are no
> doubt national conferences that are academic conferences in which
> university-affiliated botanists present academic papers on the topic
> of botanical research.
> But there are also conferences that are intended for the home gardener
> to learn better ways of growing flowers and other plants. A
> completely different audience. A completely different purpose for the
> conference.
> In the same way, existing genealogy conferences (with rare exception)
> are intended for the genealogy hobbyist to learn better ways of
> researching their families. Their purpose is unrelated to the
> academic development of genealogical theories or the presentation of
> new findings.
> This is why it is invalid to point to academic conferences (including
> social science conferences) as the way in which genealogy conferences
> should be organized. Speakers at genealogy conferences are not
> presenting "papers" that are intended to be read and understood by
> other genealogy academics, and never presented again. They are
> providing instructional seminars to the hobbyist genealogist (or to
> the practicing genealogy professional), and the same topic may be
> presented year after year after year (to new populations of hobbyists
> and professionals).
> Drew Smith
> .
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