medieval studies

Annual #hugamedievalist post (2): #hugamedievalistday 2018 & some highlights from ancient history

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Annual #hugamedievalist post: 2016, 2017 updates, & refreshed for 2018 renaissance with some past history from 2011

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’entrembrasse?

Because 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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Medievalising #MLA2019: medieval, medieval-friendly, medievalist, medievalistically-interesting, and potentially medievalisable Calls For Papers

Six degrees of separation? However non-medievalist you might be—or un-/a-/anti-/post- and so on—if you’re in language, literature, and cultural studies then you’re at most three degrees of separation away from the medieval. Elsewhere in the literary / literate humanities and liberal arts too; and in mathematics, medicine, the sciences, environmental studies, law, education, and some of the social sciences. All that’s needed is curiosity, goodwill, and a little imagination. You might be surprised to find that you or your area has been medievalist or transmedievalist all along, or that you become a medievalist: always a delightful and enriching revelation.  (more…)

Unicorns (3): they’re real

They exist and they are all around. You just need to look carefully to see them. Happy New Year: may there be unicorns in yours.

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Unicorns (2): inc. the notaunicorn and the unisnailicorn

Not all unicorns are unicorns; their world is a complex one of subsets, intersections, exogamy, extended family, and kith and honorary kin. Here is a second, perhaps less obvious, collection of medieval unicorns (and a few medievalist ones). (more…)

Unicorns (1): for the end of the year

This is the first of three posts about medieval unicorns; (more…)

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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Make Essays Montaignian Again


Image credit: Antony Gormley
(TW: includes cannibals, zombies, bilingualism, and other monsters.)
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New course (January 2018): #mdvl310d – MARVELS

See also: UBC Medieval Studies Program & its brochure

MEDIEVAL STUDIES 310D
Topics in Medieval Studies
“Marvels”
(3 credits)
2017 Winter Term 2
January-April 2018
Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Dr Juliet O’Brien
Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
juliet.obrien@ubc.ca

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Wonder. Delight. Awe. Joy. Imagination. Marvellousness (mirabilis, merveille, merveillos) (more…)

Teaching the “Roman de la Rose” in hyper-really allegorical times: Apocalypse Now

Previously on UBC Medieval Studies 301A: European Literature from the 5th to the 14th Century – “THE LIBERAL ARTS”:

Expanding an excerpt from the previous post, going beyond embedded screenshots, welcome to The Middle Week of the course en direct. 17-23 October 2016; with classes on the 18th and the 20th.

At the midpoint of the term, the course, and the book: expect chiasmic hinges. A week before Samhain: expect a thinning of the veils between realities. I didn’t expect that this would be the class where we digressed the most from The Rough Plan and where those digressions were all relevant: this was the set of class notes that expanded the most, from the preparatory pre-class version to the full version after the week’s classes. I certainly didn’t expect that this would be the class that really brought us all together, in delighted fascination at the actual mathematics of the number 666, as shown by an actual mathematician (whose final project was an allegory, a dystopian speculative fiction short story).

Expect the unexpected, as ever, in teaching.

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