Buttons expressing support and inclusion: a button that has a map of Asia superimposed with the question “Where are you from from?”, buttons based on flags of various Latin American countries, and a rainbow-striped button reading QUEER PRIDE AT GW. From a recent event in memory of the victims in Orlando, sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center and Multicultural Student Services Center (among others) at George Washington University.It’s bee
Part I is here; Part II is here; and now, finally, in as good a state as I can get it now, Part III.
Last week, one of our medieval colleagues gently expressed some incredulity when I said I was trying to produce something publishable on Kempe after spending only a few days "mastering" (hahah) the secondary criticism. She's right! The only way I'm getting away with this, probably, is that I'm writing for a non-medieval audience. I aim to be as go
First, thank you Jeffrey for yesterday's post ("For Friends.") If you haven't yet, I would ask that you read this article by Mariella Mosthof, this one by Justin Torres, this one by Najva Sol, and I join Alison Kinney is asking that you keep reading work by queers of color, particularly Muslim and Latinx queers (one more, so harrowing, by Jesus Valles). If you think it would help you, absorb this data on gun violence, just to know how comparatively easy US gu
The tiny but fierce unicorn of Bodley MS Douce 6, offered today for anyone in need of some comfort. #TinyUnicorn #🦄
by J J Cohen
I wrote this on Facebook but I am placing it here because I wrote it for you, as well.
The worst mass shooting in American history looks to have been triggered by homophobia. The Republican politicians who fought against gay marriage, who still work to undermine what limited equality is afforded LGBQT Americans, and who take f
Three times (!) in the last week, I've had people raise their eyebrows at me when I said I recently missed a deadline. Let me assure you that this isn't my first time at the tardy rodeo. This one (June 1) I missed because - I'm claiming - I've been so hard at work, and because I found myself writing things I shouldn't. My essay on "Animals and Violence" for the Routledge Handbook for Animal-Human History has transmuted from a rather dull Frankenste
Today Lowell Duckert and I submitted the hulking manuscript of Veer Ecology: An Ecotheory Companion to the University of Minnesota Press. The book is already under contract but will need to reviewed before entering production. The project is huge: 29 essays, a [gracious!] foreword by Cheryll Glotfelty and an afterword by Nicholas Royle. Veer Ecology is the third collaboration Lowell and I have undertaken together (the first was a special issue of postmedieval
The International Congress of Medieval Studies (#kzoo2016) was a busy one, as Jonathan has well documented. I co-organized two sessions and presented in a roundtable ... and thought I'd share my brief remarks here. Sponsored by the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds as a prelude to their 2017 theme, the session was entitled "Considering (An)Other: Core Elements and Future Directions in the Interdisciplinary Study of Otherness in the Medieval
Eirik Furu Baardsen/Akademiet for yngre forskerea guest post by LAURA SAETVEIT MILES, University of Bergen
[On 7 June 2016 Stephen Greenblatt will receive the 2016 Holberg Prize, for his “distinctive and defining role in the field of literary studies and his influential voice in the humanities over four decades.” The University of Bergen (UiB), Norway, administers the Holberg Prize, which is “awarded annually to a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the arts
My annual swag summary of Kalamazoo (click image to embiggen). [May 18, 2016]
It has been just about a week since the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI (aka #Kzoo2016). About three thousand attendees made the journey to Kalamazoo this year (note also this great writeup before the conference), and there are thousands of stories can be told about the experience as a result.
Yesterday I took part in a conversation on Twitter about alcohol and academia, with a special emphasis on ensuring access to community at conferences without making the price of entry spaces where all socializing is structured around alcohol consumption. You can read the Storify of the conversation here.
I want to emphasize from the start that I am not against alcohol at conferences or anywhere else --
It's the week before Kalamazoo, so of course I've just drafted my New Chaucer Society Paper.
Yeah. So, as I'm in Berlin, I'll simply wave fondly at Kalamazoo from a distance, and as I have more stuff to write during what remains of this chunk of my sabbatical -- one thing being a chapter on medieval animals and disability -- I need to get my stuff coherent, and fast! Last week was muteness (and thank you, hugely, everyone who helped me out on twitter
by JONATHAN HSY (on behalf of the BABEL Working Group's Steering Committee)
Pieter Brughel's "Little" Tower of Babel; explore more here.
MAY THE FOURTH be with you, one and all![for more medieval Star Wars fun, go here, here and here]
The International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (or #Kzoo2016) is rapidly approaching. Here's a grand compilatio of BABEL and BABEL-adjacent events to add to your calendar. Everyone is we
One of the things I’ve always said about medieval studies as an area of expertise is that the mentoring one gets in this field is brilliant – both in and out of one’s home institution, medievalists are among the kindest, most generous people I’ve ever known. Medievalists also have a variety of mentoring initiatives that take place at conferences and beyond. As I perused my Facebook feed this week, and saw how many initiatives are available this year, I thought i
First, congrats Jeffrey on your excellent review, cited below. And second, GOOD LUCK to all prepping for Kalamazoo: may your papers cohere easily, and may you be grabbed and whirled by fun.
Schöneberger Südgelände Nature Park, Berlin.The first biography of Thomas Aquinas had the job of turning this Christian Aristotelian and theological systematizer into a saint. As ideas themselves, sadly, cannot be sanctified directly, the scholar&nbs
A nice, quick review of Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman appears in the latest issue of Choice magazine (under "Philosophy" -- that is a first for me!) Cohen (English and Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, George Washington Univ.) explores the unrelenting vitality of the inert, i.e., stone, and challenges the human desire to view it as external to and separate from humans. He postulates that stones are never completely inert; they have interior an
Science enacts knowledge that we have long had: that the round Earth, should we ever be able to look back upon it, would be beautiful. Or so I once said on Twitter. I was thinking about this image, and this one.
Below you will find an exchange between Lindy Elkins-Tanton and me about such images. The conversation unfolded as we sat in her office at the School of Earth & Space Exploration at ASU, chatting with each other by text even though we were in th
I want to share with you two recent statements published by medieval studies communities. Affirmative of widened belongings and condemnatory of recent legislative actions, they have much to say to the current state of academy and world -- and especially against a recent and deplorable proliferation of anti gay, lesbian and trans initiatives in the United States that would legalize discrimination and cruelty. These initiatives are propelled by hate. They constitute acts
[This announcement is on behalf of the BABEL Working Group Steering Committee]
2016 Winners of James J. Paxson Memorial Travel Grant
The BABEL Working Group would like to congratulate the five winners of this year’s James J. Paxson Memorial Travel Grant for Scholars of Limited Funds. They are Matthew Evan Davis (Texas A&M University, Ph.D.)Melissa Ridley Elmes (University of North Carolina Greensboro)Jacquelyn Hendricks (Santa Clara University)Christine Kozikowski (The Colle
Last night we had twenty 12 year old girls in our house, screaming and eating pizza, popcorn and cake and having a dance contest. We live in a small house. My ears are still ringing -- as well as infected by earworms of various atrocious pop songs. In a moment of relative quiet as the group watched a movie and experienced a sugar lull, I sipped some wine and browsed some social media and came across this article from Inside HigherEd, on a study correlating good first ex
by JONATHAN HSY
It’s International Hug A Medievalist Day!
Since 2011, this holiday has offered people a chance to express their love and affection for medievalists by, well, hugging them. Or if you’re a medievalist, hug yourself! Or snuggle with your favorite medieval book! If there’s a special medievalist in your life, consider giving them a hug today—with their consent, of course.
Some context, if you haven’t come across this before:Interview with the holiday
Jusepe de Ribera, Adoration of the Shepherds (1650)by KARL STEEL
“The more strange it was to read in a previously-mentioned article by Huxley the following paraphrase of a well-known sentence of Rousseau: ‘The first man who substituted mutual peace for that of mutual war – whatever the motive which impelled them to take that step – created society’)….Society has not been created by man; it is anterior to man.” Kropotkin, Mutual Aid: A Factor in Evolution, 54 n1."What we usua
Solothurn history Bible 36vPart I: Babel[let me take this reference to BABEL to start off this post (4,000 words!) to call for donations to the BABEL Working Group, surely a communal luxury if ever there was one]The myth of the existence of a single originary language dates at least to the Biblical story of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). From very early on, commentators on both this story and that of Adam naming the animals concluded that this first language was Hebrew.
Chinese Parrot, c 1700, collection of Marie-Antoinette, c 1785As part of the process of assembling, expanding, and (re)writing the material for Book 2, I’ve returned to the problem of “feral children,” which I first visited here six years (!) ago, when I first stumbled across the Wolf Child of Hesse. It’s now been ten days since I decided language deprivation experiments needed to be part of this discussion.The form of this chapter will therefore be two