- 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…)
This is the first of three posts about medieval unicorns; (more…)
It all started innocently enough:
(February 2016 – August 2017)
Medievalists struggle with popular misconceptions. This, for example:
And these, which are not Medieval but Early Modern:
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…)