Duro, Paul. “’A Disturbance of Memory’: Travel, Recollection, and the Experience of Place.” Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form. Eds. Anne Teresa Demo and Bradford Vivian. New York: Routledge, 2012. eBook.
“experience cannot be separated from recollection, rendering the actual event an always already memory that frames the way we experience the sense of place” (Duro)
“expectations confounded by the peculiarly alienating effect that opposed anticipation and arrival” (Duro)
“stabilizing persistence of place as a container of experience that contributes so powerfully to its intrinsic memorability” (Duro)
“memory may antedate the actual experience of place” (Duro)
“the visit offered itself as a mediation through which notions of reality and truth, of rightness, and a sense of place, to say nothing of his anticipatory memories, were given a seeming coherence” (Duro)
Though this chapter is specifically about travel and travel journals, I think there are a few things that relate to conventions and the experience of a con.