I'm sure it's my poor self-esteem as an academic that compels me to feel this way, but after a day and a half of listening to very astute, informed, and articulate presentations on stereophony, etc. I feel like I am totally out of my league. It seems most conference participants come from "sound studies" (whatever that entails) and they use scholarly terminology that I'm really not familiar with. I have the vague impression that much of their theory overlaps with some of my Gould material but I'm not even familiar enough with that work to know that I should have read it. That is, I don't know what I don't know.
I'm anticipating a few heated questions or healthy debate on a couple of my speaking points. We will see what happens. For the most part, the questions and discussion has been fairly congenial and supportive--a nice change from other academic conferences in which heated debates sometimes devolve into fisticuffs. It's horribly aggressive, but makes for great lunchtime chatter and future conference anecdotes.
Perhaps I will wear body armor for my paper?