Apologies: a Busy Week
Today it is Thursday. My last full post was Monday. Why this uncharacteristic non-Stakanovite slackness? Well, I have returned home to Edinburgh from summer holidays in France, and straight into a blizzard of work from Edinburgh Business School (from which I "retired" in 2005), mollified to some extent by most of it having to do with EBS's work to raise the funds from private, not public, sources to renovate Panmure House (where Adam Smith lived from 1778 to 1790).
Other pressing matters include my speech for next week's Adam Smith Colloquium in Kirkcaldy, where Adam Smith was born in 1723, and where he lived before going to Glasgow University in 1737. Smith returned to Kirkcaldy in 1746 and lived there again until1748. He returned again in 1767 and stayed there with his mother until 1773, mainly writing The Wealth Of Nations in her house (demolished in the 19th century – only the garden space fronting onto the sea and its walls remain as they were in the 18th century.
The Colloquium is organised by the new Adam Smith Global Foundation. I am speaking at the Colloquium on 7 August on “Panmure House and its importance for the Scottish Enlightenment", along with many distinguished Smithian scholars from the USA, Canada, Europe, to an invited audience (7th and 8th August). [Press Release HERE]
Beyond that important event, I am working on several other pressing matters, including (different) chapters on Adam Smith for four book projects to be published during the next 3 to 18 months, starting with Oxford UP, Princeton UP, Cambridge UP and Palgrave-Macmillan.
Mostly though, my desk is piled with other “urgent” requests for overdue responses.
Now I am a mere journeyman in retirement, nominally, at least, with time to spare, which leads me to ask: “How do top-flight academics get through their work loads, given the many pressures on them publish or perish, plus their faculty responsibilities, and all the diversions of family, relatives, and friends - and, of course, the agencies of Government?”