I've been in recent communication with Jacopo Castelletti (aka Alexander Reinhardt of St Charlie) concerning an academic conference on micronations which he's presently trying to organise for the northern summer of 2012 in London.
If it goes ahead it's likely to be conceptually similar to PoliNation 2010 - but obviously, being in Europe, the opportunities for attracting a larger contingent of micronation representatives as well as members of the general public are somewhat greater.
At this stage a 1-2 day event occuring during the first two weeks of July is looking feasible.
Dr Judy Lattas from Macquarie University in Sydney has already expressed an interest in being involved.
Hotel costs could be through the roof during this time. We could start our own camp out protest outside the houses of parliament in tents.... or we could take the cider-tramping option. Just don't camp out on hampstead heath... and run if George Michael appears
Not really - but the overaching conference theme is "micronations: the nexus of politics and art" (which also happens to be the title of my plenary address).
Having said that, any paper with the theme "My Micronation: Why it's Rooly Kewl and Totally Awesome" is probably not going to cut it - although there will be an opportunity for people to deliver promotional presentations on individual micronations outside the main academic stream.
If anyone is planning on submitting/delivering a paper I'll need to know the title or general concept of the paper and the name of the presenter. I'll also need to be supplied with a 1-paragraph biography which summarises their real-world background / achievements etc + a suitable facepic to publish on the conference website, which is now in planning.
I'd rather not to have to charge people to attend, in order to maximise the number and variety of delegates; even $20 can be problemmatic for students and younger people.
I'd like to be fairly confident far enough in advance that there's going to be enough in the kitty via private donations and commercial sponsorships, so that I don't find myself having to skimp on the quality of my accommodations in order to fund the shortfall :-)
Another option is to charge admission solely to the documentary film screening components of the event.
Re Pimlico: is it? I had not checked. I stayed in Pimlico the first and only time I visited London. I recall it being bland, but cheap compared to the rest of London, and Victoria Station was close by.
Sharwan: Hi My grandparents own 18.31 agriculture land in Rajasthan (India), I have declared that an independent country. I want your help for my micronation project,NO Im not asking for money, just ideas and creative help.
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