medievalist metaverse

the tale of the squirrel

It all started innocently enough:


A great grad student conference

The CFP is out: deadline 19 February 2016: 

Borderlines is an annual postgraduate conference for early-career researchers in the fields of Medieval and Early Modern studies. Borderlines is held on a rotational basis between Belfast, Cork and Dublin.

Now in its twentieth year, Borderlines returns to Trinity College Dublin on 15th to 17th April, 2016 and will be held in the Trinity’s Long Room Hub.


Updated: medievalist news & reading

–that’s this page here (also in main menu); I hadn’t updated it in months, maybe even years, and have tried dutifully to add what I read more or less regularly. For example:

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 7.40.26 PMFrom which brilliant beauty, some selected highlights of the past year:

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On writing and the future of the book / bookishness


Thinking about writing?

Writing about thinking about writing?

Thinking about writing about thinking?

Trying to write?

Have to write?!?

Trying to write without getting into any of the infinite regresses, anxieties and dreads, and Sloughs Of Despond above?

There is hope. (more…)

mid-week good reads

mean parrot is mean

Further to Monday’s post:

On The Future Of The Book c/o Open Access and what happens in real, actual research libraries:

the future the future

Of immediate working / professional pertinence, starting with a couple on everyone’s favourite kind of live interactive performance:

collected updates from the Early Romance Studies research cluster

early romance, phnar phnarWith apologies for cross-posting…


Based at the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies of UBC, we are a research cluster in pre-1800—Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern—Romance languages and literatures; now in our fifth year; and meeting approximately every three weeks.


Early Music Vancouver: some concerts in early 2014

21 January 2014
5:00 p.m.,  Green College Coach House
Benjamin Bagby: “Hildegard von Bingen and the German Mystical Tradition in Medieval Music”
Green College Society Series: Interdisciplinarity in Action

22 January 2014
8:00 p.m. (pre-concert chat 7:15 p.m.), Holy Rosary Cathedral
Sequentia: Mystical Voices of Mediæval Germany: Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): Celestial Hierarchy
Early Music Vancouver (world première)

23 January 2014
5:30 p.m., Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Harbour Centre
Emily O’Brien: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
SFU Department of History public lecture series: Heroes & Villains: Rethinking Good and Evil in History

24 January 2014
3:00 p.m., Buchanan Tower 826
Raúl Alvarez-Moreno: “Contextualizing the Spanish Imperial Project in Relation to the Orient: The Legatio babylonica (1501) by Peter Martyr d’Anghiera, an Annotated Trilingual Edition Based on the 1516 Version of the Text”
UBC Early Romance Studies

29 January 2014
5:00 p.m., Green College Coach House
Louisa Mackenzie: “Don’t Panic: The Unknowability of Early Modern Nature”
Oecologies Speaker Series

1 February 2014
Deadline for submissions: 42nd UBC Medieval Workshop
“Medieval and Renaissance Oecologies”

Sneak preview of what’s happening in the rest of this term:

4 February 2014
11:45 a.m., Frederic Wood Theatre room 112
Chantal Phan: “Text and Music in the Liturgical Drama of Medieval France”
UBC Theatre & Film Program Research Seminar

26 February 2014
5:00 p.m., Green College Coach House
Lisa Shapiro: “Different Models of the Natural World?”
Oecologies Speaker Series

week of 24-28 March 2014
(further particulars t.b.c.)
at least one visiting speaker
UBC FHIS / Early Romance Studies

28 March 2014
(further particulars t.b.c.)
Kim Beauchesne
UBC Early Romance Studies

More coming soon: we have spaces in the calendar for talks through the academic year…

Although the current forecast is for classic Pacific Northwest Temperate Rainforest weather for the next few weeks, Vancouver becomes very lovely in the spring, abounding with cherry blossom. This place is actually very beautiful *even* when the weather is not what many people would consider “its best”: in shades of aquarelle subtle greys, with ever-shifting symphonic cloud narratives, and the occasional burst of sunlight: surely richer and more lyrical than bland boring blue skies every day. There is a reason for people admiring sunrises and sunsets in sunnier climes further down the coast: the only time the skies change.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; and life is only ever improved by opening oneself up to new experiences and to the aesthetics, amongst other values, of alien cultures.

Come visit (probably-not-sunny-but-still-) Beautiful British Columbia.

site update: online resources

These—over on your left—have been tidied up. It is hoped that they’re now even more useful than before. They now look like this: (more…)

site update (and comments thereon): online resources on criticism & commentary

It’s been updated: now the version I’m using for (more…)

online resources: manuscripts & manuscript studies

Originally compiled for the UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster Site

How to become king of the world: Ensenhamen, in Matfré Ermengaud, "Breviari d'Amors" (late 13th c.; early 14th c. ms.)RESOURCES FOR MANUSCRIPTS ONLINE AND ON MANUSCRIPT STUDIES (PALAEOGRAPHY, PHILOLOGY, CODICOLOGY, AND DIGITAL/ELECTRONIC PHILOLOGY)


online resources for Early Romance studies

I first compiled this list for the UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster Site, and am simply copy-pasting it over here…

  • Last updated: 2012-03

For pre-1800 Romance languages, literatures, and culture; almost all are free and publicly-accessible, some (projects, usually) may require subscription.
• literature (including online texts)
• manuscript studies (and online manuscripts)
• cultural and contextual materials (history, art, music, science) (more…)