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“Flamenca” at #Kzoo2016 (1): before the climactic event, an introduction to international medievalist congress

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The Old Occitan Romance of Flamenca has long been known, to Occitanists and other similarly fine noble persons of taste and distinction as A Good Thing. And fine, noble, etc.

It has been growing in repute. Part of that is its availability in four new paperback editions and translations, all in the last ten years. In Medievalist, publication, and book-historical terms this is Major.

Here’s a rough list, in chronological order, of editions and translations. (more…)

Un nouveau cours @UBC en janvier 2017 !

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Credo (2): Mashup remix: #4wordpedagogy + #UBC100


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Credo for universal lifelong higher education (1)

This post is essentially a statement of teaching philosophy, as academic outreach, most of which originally appeared as Tweets. It is also a contribution to #UBC100. I do not have much to give. I am not financially wealthy. But I can offer other riches—as can any faculty and many other members of the universitas that is the university community—riches beyond a banker’s wildest dreams or a property magnate’s most far-sighted imaginative speculations.

A statement of teaching philosophy, then.

Or: what is the point of it all?

Or: why am I here?

Or: why are we all here?

Or indeed: why am I?
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#marking

It’s that time of year again.

Catching up with marking, marking final exams, composing final grades.

A time of endings.

A time of marvel and awe. A time to marvel and to be awed by the awesome. May we all aspire to the joyous freaky magic Heavenly Assumption Of The Blessed Guitar.

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On applied medievalism and being more like whales

I woke up quite early this morning. It was already gloriously sunny. Not too hot, a balmy spring breeze. A perfect day for drying laundry outside (except my strata won’t allow it because it would be unsightly or lower-class or something). I’ve spent the day marking, sorting out “hardship exams” (for students with 3 exams in 24 hours etc.), doing laundry, and reading and writing. Much of the latter activities have gravitated around one of the first things I saw online today, which made my day. It also made my day yesterday. Here it is:

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Sneak preview: new course next fall, THE LIBERAL ARTS

(Feat. replacing half of STEM where it belongs, in the arts & humanities; a.k.a. “rehumanising S & M.”)

A new version of an old course, MDVL 301 being as it is one of the regular stalwarts in the UBC Medieval Studies Program

More information coming up over the next six months, and then during the course itself, at blogs.ubc.ca/mdvl301

Some things will be openly freely publicly available there; some (student work, interaction, course notes) will not, for reasons of privacy and intellectual property rights.

Philosophy and the seven liberal arts – from the “Hortus deliciarum” of Herrad of Landsberg (12th century)

MDVL 301: European Literature from the 5th to the 14th Century
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The Liberal Arts”
(3 credits, 2016-17, winter session, term one: September to December 2016)  (more…)

On good government

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, The Allegory of Good Government (Sala dei Nove, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena: 1338-39)

ABSTRACT 

This piece started out as some Tweets yesterday. It is intended as a friendly useful guide to our Board of Governors on the art of good government; be that as is, or in using ideas from it and adapting them to new ideas of governance. Medievalists are, as ever, here to help in the here and now …

UBC, a public university, is currently celebrating its centenary. And in the midst of governance crises. Here are two reasons why some frescos in a council chamber can help. 

  • GOOD GOVERNMENT (1): A NEW TRANSLATION
  • TRANSLATION (2): CONTEXT, RECONTEXTUALISATION, & TRANSCRIPTION INTO PHYSICAL PRACTICE

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#UBClean #TuumEst

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UBC Board of Governors in action.
Exemplary PowerPoint presentation of the century.
Photo: Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa.

Well, it’s been an exciting last few days and a very exciting day today.

Happy Imbolg / Saint Brigid’s Day  [= Sunday evening through yesterday]: yet another New Year, like those of many other cultures this is a day associated with cleaning out the old and bringing in the new.

I won’t go into any of the tedious details and backstory and buildup and so on between Thursday and today, and you can follow along on Twitter for the public version like anyone else. Here are some visual and verbal highlights.

Why something happened:

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For more background on the issues leading to this protest, see this letter from the Faculty Association, which details how the BoG has, among other things, held committee meetings that left no official record, and made decisions about personnel matters without formal assessments or performance reviews. http://www.facultyassociation.ubc.ca/…/UBCFA%20Letter%20to%…

So here’s that thing that happened today: (more…)

#UBCSAAM 2016-01-25 virtual teach-in (2)

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(2) RESOURCES / TEACHING MATERIALS

Featuring

  • Some current parallels, like #femfog in the Medievalist community
  • Older post on here
  • Collected bits and pieces via Facebook and Twitter over the last week
  • And some more verbiage

OR: AN IMMODEST PROPOSAL FOR AN ANTI-RAPE EDUCATIONAL TOOLKIT

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CAVEATS…

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