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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 (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…)

Radical professionalism (2): it is not about appearances

“Radical professionalism” is an idea that goes above and beyond “professionalism” and that returns “professionalism” to its deep true conservative sense. This is the second of a series of posts. It started with a preamble, two weeks ago. This is the second of two posts looking at what professionalism is not, on false values that will be very familiar to readers of Medieval allegory and satire. It follows a first post on neutrality (false balance) yesterday. This second post is about appearances (seeming, or: false being and false value(s)) and their connection to appropriateness, propriety, and property. The third post looks at what professionalism is; and what, in the shape of a radical professionalism as modelled by radical academic professionals, it could be.
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Make the essay Montaignian again (2)

This started out as a short post about worrying. It is dedicated to my FREN 220 students who will be sitting their final exam next week, to other students preparing for and sitting exams (notwithstanding amusing attempts to undermine our exam season), and to students more generally. You are why faculty are here. And we are here for you. We worry. We want to help: in respectful support.

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Make Essays Montaignian Again


Image credit: Antony Gormley
(TW: includes cannibals, zombies, bilingualism, and other monsters.)
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Cheese scones are my madeleines

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Ceci n’est pas l’apprentissage littéraire

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AcciDEntal SCROTUS: allegory is all around when medievalising moDErn French teaching

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Annual review

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It’s that time of year when I struggle. I’m a failure, I fear failing others (or rather, being a failure to them), and while I’m a tardy disaster at the best of times I become a disastrous tardigrader. (more…)

Consent culture, compliance culture, and hypocrisy



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# fren336 semaine 13 “méta” – au-delà de la bande dessinée

Reading (and) comics, medievalised: notes from the last—“meta”—week of FREN 336, a class on bande dessinée, in French.

This was a second curious beast of an experimental course this year. Its first half and compulsory readings focused on Belgian comics (and as Belgian cultural expression). The second part, like MDVL301A in the first term this year, was centred on student group presentations. We have all done a lot of extremely sophisticated high-end top-class reading. We’re now into the final week, and Going All-Out Meta.

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