compassion

it’s that time of year again

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a very short fable about medievalism, #medievaltwitter, and teaching

(February 2016 – August 2017)

Medievalists struggle with popular misconceptions. This, for example:AF79CBCA-C7F6-4B7F-97D5-7963BC14AF90

And these, which are not Medieval but Early Modern:

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From Charles McNamara, “In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book,” in the Public Domain Review; on Comenius’s “Orbis Sensualium Pictus (or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures),” 1658.

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On textbooks, midterm blues, and other truths of social justice

Warning: contains elephants in rooms.

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Radical professionalism (4): it exists and it’s medievalist

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Medieval, medievalism, and medievalist radical professionalism
Source: https://www.twitter.com/erik_kwakkel/status/910141541724966912

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Radical professionalism (3): what it is and what it could be

Images above: the Winchester Psalter, British Library Cotton MS Nero C IV – Herrad of Landsberg, Hortus deliciarum – The Tree of Life, Gua Tewet, Borneo

“Radical professionalism” goes beyond “professionalism” and returns the latter to its deep true conservative sense. This is the longest in a series of posts. The project started with thinking about con– and pro– words in spring 2016, in relation to local (university) current events. The first “deliverables” were some images at the end of a self-flagellating work in progress post in July and a preamble in mid-August. Then followed two posts looking at what professionalism is not, on false values that will be very familiar to readers of Medieval allegory and satire: a first post on neutrality (false balance) and a second post about appearances (seeming, or: false being and false value(s)) and their connection to appropriateness, propriety, and property. There were two other entremets posts (here and here). This present post looks at what professionalism is; and what, in the shape of a radical professionalism as modelled by radical academic professionals, it could be. [UPDATED AFTER POSTING TO ADD] In a fourth post, we’ll see how radical professionalism actually exists, in the world of Medieval Studies. (more…)

SYLLABUS PART 3: HELP (2017)

LAST UPDATED: 2017-09-09
(The second general-purpose appendix to any syllabus.)

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If in doubt, if you have any questions or worries about anything, please ask!

  • this course, your class, and your instructor are a safe space and here to help
  • if I don’t know an answer—I’m merely human—I’ll help you to find someone who does
  • this is a community of care

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Happy #HugAMedievalistDay

Hug a Medievalist.

Because #medievaltwitter is amongst the finest public scholarship, breaking barriers of academia, bringing “outsiders” in.

Because Medievalists are able to go beyond the weaker—impoverished and impoverishing—recent idea of out-reach, back to its roots and underlying essential qualities, where they can perform alchemical philological magic to reveal a potent quintessence and share that openly and freely and equitably with the world for the greater and limitless enrichment of all. Why would you “perform outreach” when you could in-embrace-one-other instead, in brotherly or sisterly love: ou/où on s’entrembrasseBecause French (especially Old French) does it better.

Because Medievalists hug better. And we share better. Including hugs. Come join our happy virtuous cycle.


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“Marsupilami” est génial et Franquin fut un génie (en remerciant @BNF et @Ecoledeschartes)

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Open letter: student support

(I just sent this to my own students: UBC colleagues, please feel free to share any part of it or the resources herein, they might be helpful to others too.)

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Dear students, colleagues, fellow citizens of the UBC community,

I’m writing this because I promised a colleague that I would say something to students, and because, like many people at UBC, I care about UBC and about students; I also spend a lot of time on campus due to working and living here, and what I’m going to write about is something that matters to this community as a whole. I’ll probably not say the right things or say them properly so I hope you get the general underlying ideas and forgive me for expressing them clumsily and too hastily.

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Yesterday, a violent assault—an attempted murder—happened here on your, our, campus. (more…)

REPOSTING: Silence Is Violence at UBC, from 8 January 2016

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Today is a day of memories, commemoration, and remembrance. It is unfortunate that stillness and thought for others was interrupted by thoughts of other others. It is fortunate that humans have minds (and hearts, senses, souls, and spirits; however it is that you think of them/yourself) that are large and complex enough to accommodate more than one memory, to think of more than one person, at any one time. That is not only fortunate but a wonder, and a source of hope.
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