speculative fiction

The consolation and living magic of old poetry

img_7861“Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War”
British Library, 19 October 2018 to 19 February 2019.
Information: https://www.bl.uk/events/anglo-saxon-kingdoms

An exhibition just opened in London, at the British Library, which is by all accounts sublime and has been stunning colleagues who work in medieval English literature and history, and many other lovers of all things beautiful and old. (more…)

SYLLABUS PART 2: THE RULES (2018)

It’s that time of year again. Time for updating the general-purpose appendix to all syllabus for all courses … and for playing Spot The Difference with previous incarnations …

LAST UPDATED: 2018-09-20

la règle du jeu / renoir

QUICK NAVIGATION

I. Aims and objectives
II. Expectations
III. Responsibilities
IV. Grading criteria
V. Academic integrity & avoiding plagiarism
VI. Late work, extensions, and making up for missed work
VII. Missing or rescheduling quizzes and examinations
VIII.Quick links to UBC rules, policies, and procedures

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31 August is Ken Campbell Day: diddling and doodling, seekers, and radical education

A STICKY POST: 31 August – 31 December 2018

It is time for the annual pilgrimage. So as to make this a slower and longer pilgrimage than last year, to commemorate a 10th anniversary (well, two: the death of a central person and the birth of a marginal blog), this post is a “sticky” one and will stay here for a whole academic term, all the way to its end and the end of the year; and it contains various kinds of “stickiness” played out in three Acts: revisiting 2017, 2018, and Campbellian education in action.

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Today is the anniversary of the death of Ken Campbell, anarchist polymath genius.

Reader of everything. Writer. Performer. Creator. Stand up comedian, speculative fictioneer, improviser, paranomasiac, marvelling revelling adventurer in existence.

Public outreach educator and life-long learning experimenter in ways beyond the wildest imaginings of Proper Professionals in these fields before they or these fields even existed. The next time you consider using words like “innovation,” “innovative,” “innovator”: have some respect. Think first. Check with reference to Ken. If philology provides a theoretical meaning, it is Ken who provides—incarnates—a reference-point for lived active practice. (more…)

SYLLABUS PART 2: THE RULES (2017)

It’s that time of year again. Time for updating the general-purpose appendix to all syllabus for all courses…

LAST UPDATED: 2018-02-15

la règle du jeu / renoir

QUICK  NAVIGATION  (more…)

Radical professionalism (2b): … but it can be about imagination …

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