- In no particular order
- See previously: ANNUAL #HUGAMEDIEVALIST POST: 2016, 2017 UPDATES, & REFRESHED FOR 2018 RENAISSANCE WITH SOME PAST HISTORY FROM 2011 a.k.a. Part (1) from earlier today
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.
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…)
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.
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…)