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ThrillerFest 2013: The Program is Live!

The program grid for ThrillerFest 2013 (New York City, July 12-14) has just been posted, and it looks like loads of spine-tingling fun (you can find it... read more »
From: Burnable BooksBurnable Books on 31 May 2013


Hey ho, The next Carnivalesque covering ancient, medieval, and early modern "history" (and I'm just sayin', I'll take anything in the periods)... read more »
From: The Ruminate on 31 May 2013

Domestic piety: continuity and change

There aren't many conferences which can coherently draw together historical topics over two millennia, but one of the most successful for many years has... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 31 May 2013

Mahouts on the Beach

He was 33 years old at the time, so the war was over, his time with the Merchant Marines had ended, he had graduated from college. This album, simply titled... read more »
From: Medieval Meets World on 31 May 2013

Oldest known complete Torah scroll discovered

In February of this year, Hebrew Studies professor Mauro Perani began to catalog a group of Jewish manuscripts. He noticed a particular item, labeled "Scroll... read more »
From: Medieval History on 29 May 2013

“Black as Night: Sweet as Sin”. Coffee and Academia

“A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.” Alfréd Rényi I, too, like to think of academia as a machine fueled by coffee,... read more »
From: The Scribe Unbound on 29 May 2013

Cool Stuff on Other Blogs VII

I’m in a strange place just now. For the tiniest period I feel in control of my life and that I am actually working rather than being worked over... read more »
From: Medieval History Geek on 28 May 2013

Look, Don't Touch! -- Karl Fumbles with Noli me tangere

by KARL STEELPicture from the MetAt the end of my annus mirabilis, I published a response essay in Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture (ed.... read more »
From: In the Middle on 27 May 2013

Uncovering the Secrets of Leiden University Library: BPL 193 and its Owners

By Marjolein de Vos Marjolein, a student of Leiden University’s MA in Book and Digital Media Studies, is currently an intern on the ‘Turning... read more »
From: medievalfragments on 27 May 2013

Leeds 2012 Report 1

I have to say that I wonder exactly what the point of writing up blog on the International Medieval Congress at Leeds of 2012, on the very day that early... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 24 May 2013

The Second Century Apologists

My Early Christianity Reading has finally brought me out of the first century and into the second. I’ve found a secondary source which looks like... read more »
From: Medieval History Geek on 24 May 2013

Now on Facebook!

Dear readers, I bring news of our expansion: Modern Medieval now has a Facebook page. As of writing this post, we currently have 98 likes for our... read more »
From: Modern Medieval on 24 May 2013

Globalization and the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century

a guest post by Alex Huang[My GW colleague has agreed to share with us on ITM his recent testimony in front of Congress on behalf of the humanities. Enjoy!... read more »
From: In the Middle on 24 May 2013

Win SIGNED copies of three amazing novels

Following on from their Twisted Tales of Cannibalism event in April, Hic Dragones has SIGNED copies of three fantastic novels to give away. Enter via Rafflecopter... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 24 May 2013

Why Pope Celestine V wasn't murdered and why Stephen le Clerk probably wished he had been

Turning to medieval violence, we have two items to share: Medieval Hermit Pope Not Murdered, as Believed reports that Italian researchers... read more »
From: Medieval News on 23 May 2013

What's new about the Vikings

Several articles have recently appeared online that talk about the Vikings: Unearthing Viking jewellery Jane Kershaw from University College London... read more »
From: Medieval News on 23 May 2013

Procopius of Caesarea

He was a writer and historian, chronicling some of the most significant events of the 6th century. But what did he know and how did he know it? Find out... read more »
From: Medieval History on 23 May 2013

What We Do

The GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute was founded in 2008 and has quickly grown to include nineteen faculty in seven departments. Our mission... read more »
From: GW MEMSI on 22 May 2013

The Swerve Code (draft)

by J J CohenBelow you'll find my short essay in progress for a special cluster on Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve, forthcoming in Exemplaria. I don't love... read more »
From: In the Middle on 22 May 2013

Hanging out at Kalamazoo

It has taken me about a week, but I am nearly recovered from a whirlwind tour through St. Louis, then Kalamazoo, and then some marathon grading. At least,... read more »
From: Modern Medieval on 21 May 2013

Report from the Zoo, part 1

Strange Zoo this year. As usual, I was overjoyed to see old friends and make new acquaintances who might become friends. My panel went well, I think, which... read more »
From: Blogenspiel on 21 May 2013

Writing for Beginners

Every time that a researcher/writer enters a new situation, takes on a new project, works in a different context, writes for a different audience, or collaborates... read more »
From: The Scribe Unbound on 21 May 2013

I Love Paris in the Springtime… A User’s Guide to the BnF

By Irene O’Daly Say the words Bibliothèque nationale de France to any manuscript researcher and it tends to invite a series of anecdotes – usually... read more »
From: medievalfragments on 20 May 2013

A Maiden Knight at Kalamazoo

by Steve Mentz (Thanks to the ITM fab five for graciously inviting this guest-post!)Mishigami, the "great water"When you dive into cold water, it pushes... read more »
From: In the Middle on 20 May 2013

We Need Better Story Telling

AND HOW!    This is so accurate an assessment.  Please read. read more »
From: The Ruminate on 20 May 2013

A “Consumer Reports” for Academic Journals? (and wouldn’t a Wiki work?)

In today’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Robert Deaner, associate professor of psychology at Grand Valley State University, makes a suggestion that... read more »
From: Burnable BooksBurnable Books on 17 May 2013

Alboin, King of the Lombards

He was a savvy political leader and a shrewd military commander, allying with neighbors of his longtime enemies, the Gepidae, to take them down, and launching... read more »
From: Medieval History on 16 May 2013

Run! The Future is Coming! Or, Maybe Stand Still and Help to Manifest It? That's the Clockless Nowever Present, Bitches!

Figure 1. Tippi Hedren and children as the University + public commons; ravens as neoliberal uptake/collapse of everything by EILEEN JOYThough [climate... read more »
From: In the Middle on 15 May 2013

Geza Vermes

I've just learned that one of the great minds of Second Temple Judaism scholarship has passed away whilst I was busy being a medievalist in Kalamazoo.... read more »
From: The Ruminate on 15 May 2013

On not going to conferences

I should add a ‘(some)’ in the title of this post of course, but I decided to go for shock and awe, with a pinch of clarification. I’ve... read more »
From: The Scribe Unbound on 15 May 2013

Approach, Approach

January page, Très Riches Heures, 1410 (BN)"aproche, aproche" - so say the golden letters in their space and ours, on stone and parchment, for feast and... read more »
From: Medieval Meets World on 15 May 2013

Interview with Rosie Garland

Today's post is an interview with novelist, poet, singer and performer, Rosie Garland. Rosie has enjoyed an eclectic career, ranging from singing in post-punk... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 14 May 2013

Anachronism as Responsible Pedagogy

I am finally back from a lovely and stimulating Kalamazoo. It was great to meet so many people, and to hear some excellent papers. I've posted here... read more »
From: Modern Medieval on 14 May 2013

Kalamazoo 2013 in Five Words

by ALL OF US (JEFFREY, EILEEN, KARL, MARY KATE, JONATHAN)Cavorting with a pinniped companion in Kalamazoo.We should really be photoshopped into one image,... read more »
From: In the Middle on 14 May 2013

Where on Google Earth, reverse home edition

I don’t know if you’ve run across the game Where on Google Earth. This is a thing that occasionally crosses the archæological blogs that... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 14 May 2013

The Last of the Great Chained Libraries

By Jenny Weston On a beautiful sunny day last week, the Turning Over a New Leaf project team decided to take a day off from the office to visit a spectacular... read more »
From: medievalfragments on 10 May 2013

Worship with teeth in it: pictures of Iffley church

The New Zealand thread has sparked up again, which is one of the many signs one might adduce that I haven’t updated for longer than is good for the... read more »

Books that feel? Tactile feedback and prosthetic skin

As someone who’s been studying animal skin rather intensively over the last few years (for a thought book on the natural and cultural history of... read more »
From: Burnable BooksBurnable Books on 7 May 2013

Contributors Wanted for Two Academic Collections

So, some of you may have seen Twitter. Two contributors have recently withdrawn from a collection I'm putting together, and I thought I'd put out a more... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 6 May 2013

Karl's Kzoo2013 Paper -- Feeding the Dogs / The Queer Prioress and Her Pets

Grave Stele of the Dog Parthenopeby Karl SteelMy Kalamazoo session, as I mention in comments below, is at an unfortunate time for fans of this blog, opposite... read more »
From: In the Middle on 6 May 2013

Now, Kalamazoo Voyager!

by EILEEN JOYThe International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan is fast approaching, so if you have not ordered your steampunk glasses... read more »
From: In the Middle on 5 May 2013

Graham Harman on “Object-Oriented Mythography”

If you like this post you can Like this blog on Facebook. Well that was quick! We could all learn a lot about intellectual generosity and rhetorical tone... read more »
From: Burnable BooksBurnable Books on 5 May 2013

Blogger Meet-up at the Zoo!

Ok, folks… Thursday night, from 7:30 on, at the same place as last year, i.e., a room in the Valley of Registration. If you are new to the party,... read more »
From: Blogenspiel on 4 May 2013

A Hidden Medieval Archive Surfaces

By Erik Kwakkel (@erik_kwakkel) On my Tumblr I recently posted two entries devoted to a remarkable discovery made in the Book History class I am co-teaching... read more »
From: medievalfragments on 3 May 2013

Why the soldiers of the First World War should have looked more like medieval knights

Michael Vlahos offers a fascinating article in The Atlantic about how "hundreds of thousands of lives" in World War I could have been saved if soldiers... read more »
From: Medieval News on 2 May 2013

intercatastrophe: overwhelmed outside Noah's ark

by J J Cohen(wow, two posts in one day! First is here)I'm relocating this short post from FB, where I realize that, even though it is public, many readers... read more »
From: In the Middle on 2 May 2013

Reading Monster Culture in Seventh Grade

by J J CohenI'm not sure how he stumbled across it, but Asa Mittman posted on Facebook a link to "Monster Culture (Seven Theses) by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Revised... read more »
From: In the Middle on 2 May 2013