• Conferences

    About that “Dark Age for Medievalists” thing . . .

    Charlotte Allen has written an exceedingly silly article about this year’s Kalamazoo International Conference. Scott Nokes has a list of the various responses here. I want to draw attention to some aspects of the article that I think haven’t really received as much attention at they ought. Allen asserts that “One session was entirely devoted to medieval blogs, including a paper comparing the works of Geoffrey Chaucer to the blog “Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog.” This is interesting since not only was I there, but I liveblogged it. I know for a fact Ms. Allen wasn’t there, and didn’t even do a cursory Google check, because the paper about “Geoffrey…

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  • Celtic Myth,  Games Fairies Play

    They are fairies; he that speaks to them shall die: Speech and Silence in Medieval Fairy Narratives Kalamazoo 2008

    I’m going to be doing a link-post to others who are blogging Kalamazoo, and maybe add some general impressions of my own, in a bit. I’ve uploaded my paper on medieval fairies, and speech and silence in Sir Orfeo, Thomas of Erceldoune, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight “‘They are fairies; he that speaks to them shall die’: Speech and Silence in Medieval Fairy Narratives” here. Mostly I’m smug that I aimed for a fifteen minute paper, and I nailed it, even though it meant reducing about twelve thousand words to three thousand.

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    Weblogs and the Academy: Professional and Community Outreach through Internet Presence

    I’ve decided to live-blog a blogging session at the 2008 Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. I’m not a transcriber, so I’m not in any way doing the presenters the kind of justice their thoughtful papers deserve. The session was organized by Elisabeth Carnell, Western Michigan Univ., and Shana Worthen, University of Arkansas–Little Rock, with Elizabeth Carnell presiding. These are the papers that are being presented: “Do I Know You in Real Life? Building Scholarly Communities and Professional Networks through Anonymous Weblogs”  Julie A. Hofmann, Shenandoah University “Text in Motion: Navel-Gazing as Pedagogical Strategy”  MacAllister Stone, Independent Scholar “Unlocking Wordhoards: Popular Medievalist Communities”   Richard Scott Nokes, Troy University Julie Hoffman maintains…

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