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    Medieval Congress Kalamazoo 2009 Call for Papers

    <p>The 2009 Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo <a href=”http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/sessions.html”>call for papers</a> is out. The 2009 Congress dates are May 7 through the 10th. The Web page is <a href=”http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/”>here</a>. </p>

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    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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    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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    “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Tolkien’s ‘game with rules’,

    I’ve posted my Kalamazoo paper “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Tolkien’s ‘game with rules’,” here, such as it is. There’s a handout, too! Technorati Tags:Gawain, Kalamazoo

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    Kalamazoo 2007 Schedule

    I’m off. I’ll present my paper “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Tolkien’s “game with rules” on Thursday morning, in the very first session. I’ll put the handout and my transcript up here after the fact. I’ll be at the medievalist Blogger breakfast on Friday, and participating in the Saturday 3:30 Weblogs and the Academy roundtable, in Sangren 2210. I’m hoping folks might be interested in adjourning to the Radisson bar post panel. Technorati Tags:kalamazoo

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    Kalamazoo 2007

    The 2007 International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place May 10–13, 2007 in Kalamzoo. And I’m going. I’m presenting a paper and participating in a panel discussion on blogging and pedagogy. You can still register, and the schedule of sessions with paper topics has been posted by the fabulous Elizabeth Carnell. This conference is both genuinely helpful in terms of scholarly information and network, and just plain fun; people are just plain nice at Kalamazoo, for the most part, and it’s a lovely campus and a well-run conference. Technorati Tags:Kalamazoo

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    Weblog Roundtable at Kalamazoo 2006

    Shana Worthen did an excellent job of moderating the roundtable discussion, with fellow bloggers Elisabeth Carnell, Michael Drout, Richard Nokes, Michael Tinkler, Alison Tara Walker, (the moderator of the Medieval Studies Community), and me, as participants in a discussion that ranged over why we started blogging, why we blog now, what blogging offers that other forms of online interaction don’t, why we think blogging is important to medievalists, the value of anonymous blogging, and the uses of blogging in terms of scholarship and pedagogy. The observations made included the following, in no particular order, and without attribution: We all appear to find value in the existence and contributions of anonymous…

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    The First Annual Kalamazoo Bloggers’ Guild Meeting: What Say Ye?

    Dr. V and Ancrene Wiseass are beginning to plan the First Annual Kalamazoo Bloggers’ Guild Meeting, but they’re running into some logistic difficulties and would like your input on several matters. To wit: If you’re thinking of coming, please let them know in the comments thread here. If you’re thinking of bringing a friend, colleague, significant other, familiar, or minion, please let them know that as well. We’d like to get a sense of how large the gathering will be. We’ve been told that it would be best to meet early in the conference so’s we can keep meeting and greeting over the weekend. This means we should probably aim…

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    Medievalist Bloggers at Kalamazoo

    Elizabeth Carnel (AKA Lisa), one of the prime movers behind the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, and Dr. Shana Worthen, also known as Owlfish (and keeper of the Medievalist Weblogs List), organized a panel on medievalist bloggers at this year’s Congress. Thanks to Elizabeth’s kind efforts, I was able to file the paperwork last summer, and I’ll be joining medievalist bloggers Elizabeth Carnell, Michael Drout, H. D. Miller, Richard Scott Nokes, Michael Tinkler, and Alison Walker to talk about medievalist blogging. The Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo is the only large academic conference I have ever heard people speak of positively; you don’t go to Kalamzoo to get…