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Semi-Random Thoughts, a Little on Tertullian and a Bit on Historical Models

I really have fallen off on my posting lately. I just have a lot going on, some of it personal and some professional. I’ll leave the personal alone, for now, but on the professional side I’ve moved from working in this office to working in this office. This is a parallel transfer, not a move up or down, other than now being head of the office (so maybe it is a bit of a step up) but it’s a new location, new co-workers, and new clientele. I can’t swear that my posting frequency will radically increase in the near future, however the main reason, overall, for this post is to get myself back in the habit. I have a few days off around Christmas and maybe I’ll put something together, or at least finish that second post on Irenaeus which I started last August.

For the past several weeks I’ve been reading Tertullian. This has been a slog. There is some interesting material but there’s been an unfortunate side effect. I don’t like him. Personally.

Obviously I don’t know the man, but from what I’ve read (which is all but the about 50 pages I have left from the Ante-Nicene Fathers Series) I’ve developed a personal distaste for him. This is important, and unfortunate. I think it’s very important to try, as well as we can, to understand, at least a little, where historical figures were coming from and develop some empathy for them. I’m having trouble doing this with Tertullian. He is so absolute, so rigorous, so unwilling to entertain the legitimacy of any opinion but his own, even from other Church authorities, that I can’t seem to get my empathy mode going. As yet another point highlighting my own ignorance, before going through his material I’d read how Tertullian is often referred to as, “The first of the Latin Theologians.” Silly me – I thought this meant he was the first to write his stuff in Latin. I now think – and I have a secondary book on him to read to confirm if this is the case – that this means that he is the first to adopt a completely different method of argument from prior Greek authors. Maybe method is a bit wrong as he does use philosophical arguments, but he doesn’t believe the writings of the ancient philosophers contain any hint of wisdom and he doesn’t say, “This is what I think, here’s why and you should consider this,” but rather, “This is what I think, here’s why, and anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.” Whether he felt this way when he wasn’t writing or not is another thing but all I can go by is what’s in print. I’ll have more analysis of him later but I wanted to get this preamble out of the way to warn you of this basic fact; I don’t like Tertullian. On a visceral level. So far as I can recall, this is a first when it comes to a source author.

To add to this potpourri of a post, a few months ago several posts were written which discussed new findings which were at odds with established historical models. I’ve mentioned several times that as I learn more I’ve come to increasingly distrust models. It’s not so much that patterns didn’t exist – they did. And I don’t see the problem with using them in books or in teaching. You can’t just teach everything so some synthesis is necessary. But so often it seems that researchers have a preexisting bias toward a model and view any new findings through this model-tinted lens. Katy Meyers has a very good post on Bones Don’t Lie about discovering that some Etruscan skeletal remains had been wrongly identified re their sex and how this is indicative of how modern bias and a reliance on models can lead researchers down the wrong path. This post becomes really good about halfway through it, just beyond the second image. Rosemary Joyce at Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives also wrote an interesting post about this same discovery.

You know, when I started writing the above paragraph I was sure I could come up with another post or two on the same basic theme but my memory of who wrote what seems to be flawed. Instead I’ll offer two new blogs I’ve come across:

James Palmer has a blog, merovingianworld which I’ve found interesting. I have one of his books, Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World, 690-900 on my to-read shelf and have come across his name plenty of times but haven’t read much of his stuff.

From an American-centric perspective, in her blog, Manuscript Road Trip, Lisa Fagan Davis has been taking a virtual tour where she discusses holdings of medieval manuscripts in the United States on a state-by state basis. Lisa is co-author of an online resource, Directory of Institutions in the United States and Canada with Pre-1600 Manuscript Holdings so she’s well qualified to embark on this trip. Oh, and if you know of anything in North Dakota, please let her know.

That’s it for now. Hopefully I’ll have more to come shortly and if you know of a way for me to start feeling warm and fuzzy towards Tertullian, let me know.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Blogology, Historiography, Other Blogs, Resources

 

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Cool Stuff on Other Blogs VIII

I’ve been pretty busy preparing for a significant work activity and haven’t had time to really buckle down on Irenaeus. Also, I am not entirely happy with my first post. To me it’s a bit disjointed and – this is coming from the person who wrote it – once I posted it and re-read it I was left with something of a “so what?” feeling. It’s not a complete waste of electrons as it has some decent information but it reads as if I didn’t have a clear point or objective I was trying to communicate. I don’t write blog posts like I do my professional work. Once I feel comfortable with a topic I just start typing it up in WordPress. But for my subsequent Irenaeus posts, I think I’ll at least write out a first draft in a word processor program and edit that. There’s just too much there. I debated pulling that post and doing a complete re-write and didn’t, partly because Irenaeus the heresiologist is just a prologue to why I think understanding him relative to the early church matters. But it showed me I need to do something different next time.

Up to about a month ago the blogosphere had been relatively quiet. But over the past few weeks things have really taken off. I don’t know why unless as the fall semester approaches people have recharged themselves mentally and are starting to think about their respective areas of expertise. Whatever the reason, being as I’m not going to offer anything remotely original for a little while, I thought this would be a good time to take a look at what other folks have been posting about. I’ve organized these “Cool Stuff” posts in different ways since I’ve been doing this, including chronologically by posts. This time, I’m going alphabetically by blog title.

This is the eighth of these round-up-type posts that I’ve done and I have a feeling Jonathan Jarrett is batting 100% for appearances with his blog, A Corner of Tenth Century Europe. And as his is at the top of my blog list alphabetically, I’m going to lead off with a recent post where he highlights a relative lack of sources from southwest Europe around the year 1000 and an example of how charter evidence can sometimes add information to the narrative history of the region, in this case related to the sack of the Iberian peninsula town of Manresa by Muslim forces around 997.

A recent post on Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives, while not medieval, is another example of how archaeological finds often have been misinterpreted by researchers, and then used to support bias. In this case, the blogger (I’m not sure if the author is searching for anonymity however, though you can easily deduce who this is, said author will remain unnamed here) discusses the assumption that the remains found at Western Hemisphere sacrificial sites were of individuals who were; a) women, b) virgins, and c) beautiful. Additional analysis has shown that these first two assumptions are not always true and the third premise is both unprovable and subjective enough to where it really shouldn’t be talked about without other supporting evidence.

A new and very active blog is archaeodeath by Howard Williams of the University of Chester. He has posted a lot and what’s also great is that much of his archaeological investigation includes taking his family along. What a great way to further your profession! If you’re interested in archaeology and haven’t come across his site yet, take a long, hard look. Very frequent (I’m jealous), quality posts which often include a lot of pictures. I’ll link to one from just yesterday where he explores Anglesey Island sites (Anglesey Island is just off the coast of Wales).

I’d have to check to be sure but I bet Bones Don’t Lie, written by Katy Meyers, a Michigan State grad student, has made it on these Cool Stuff posts every time since I started following her blog. This is another very active blog. Over the summer she posted regularly about a research trip to England and her latest post is one on how Quicklime has often been misused in modern novels and is far more effective in preserving bodies than destroying them.

At Heavenfield Michelle Ziegler recently posted about Bede’s relating how St. Oswald interceded against the plague in the late 7th century and how this contributed to Oswald’s cult.

Historian on the Edge recently posted a journal article he wrote in 1992 about Viking Violence and how it was perceived in (mostly British) sources.

Magistra et Mater recently posted summaries from a couple of IHR Early Medieval Seminars. Each of these seminars discuss aspects of state formation and continuity/change, the first for 7th and 8th century Egypt, the second for later Anglo-Saxon England.

On Norse and Viking Ramblings Viqueen has a post about how Valkyries are portrayed in Scandinavian literature. I really haven’t gotten to my Viking/Scandinavian reading yet but this post was a nice complement to a presentation by Phil Purser that I heard a couple of years ago.

Karen Jolly provided an interesting post, along with quite a few pictures, of the monastic site of Glendalough on Revealing Words. I like living in the US most of the time but I do get envious of Europeans when I see posts like this.

Continuing with the monastery theme, Tim Clarkson posted a summary of a lecture on Kirkmadrine, a religious site in Southern Scotland on his blog, Senchus. Actually, he posted a summary of what can be found on a link to a description of the lecture (is this a summary of a summary?). You’ll need to go to Tim’s post to get to that one.

Another blog I’ve only recently been following is Surrey Medieval, authored by Robert Briggs. In it he discusses work he’s been doing, primarily focused on the County of Surrey in England. I’ll link a detailed post he recently put together summarizing statistical evidence of coins finds in Surrey, along with some interesting implications which the nature of these finds provide.

Maybe this post is really about blogs I’ve only recently come across. In any case, Michael Cheong provides a post which includes some humorous passages from Bald’s Leechbook on The Eastern Anglo-Saxonist. I find Medieval medicine very interesting myself and I enjoyed this post.

Gabriele of This Old Fort recently provided an excellent post on a Roman Signal Post at Scarborough. And as usual, she provides great pictures to go along with her description of the site.

That’s it for this time. Hopefully I’ll figure out what I want to say about Irenaeus in the near future.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Other Blogs

 

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Versatile Blogger Nominations

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I’ve received these occasionally and generally ignore them but I’ll take this one for two reasons. First is that it doesn’t ask you to link back to a commercial site complete with cookies but all I need to do is post the image. Second, while it’s a chain letter, unlike some of the Facebook or e-mail messages that pop up, it’s harmless and hopefully only has the consequence of increasing traffic to other blogs. I guess I’ll add a third reason; because Michelle Ziegler from Heavenfield nominated me – thanks Michelle!

I’ve often been told that without rules life is chaos. While I’m not sure how valid that statement is, there are rules for accepting this nomination. These are:


  1. Display the logo
  2. Thank and link back to your nominator.
  3. State seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  5. Link back to a specific blog post on each blog so the blogger is notified.

I try not to talk a lot about me. Though I’ve been told that all writing is, at its core, about the author – or is that a guideline just for fiction? I’m going to stay away from what’s on my About this Blog page. If you think this blog looks interesting, you’ll likely get there eventually.


  1. While I have no history degree or training, while in college I found that I had an affinity towards the social sciences, particularly sociology and anthropology. I have always been fascinated by what makes people be, er, people and why we behave the way we do, particularly in groups. Besides my frustrated ambitions to write fantasy, I think this is why I enjoy history. It’s also why you’ll find very little here about things like how a battle was fought or period clothing. I like the social evolution end of things and while the two previously mentioned examples may be related to social aspects (the French at Agincourt anyone?) these aren’t the topics I tend to gravitate to.
  2. Before I went back for my graduate degree I trained horses professionally for about 7 years. I also did a little rodeo.
  3. This is for those new to this blog. I’m a book fiend. My friends are completely baffled by this. There are jokes out there about women and shoes – well, I don’t know how much truth there is in them but you could sure apply them to me and books.
  4. I’ve never been overseas. My international experiences have been limited to Canada, Mexico, and Honduras(an International Ag Project in college). I absolutely expect that the first year after I retire I’ll make the IMC at Leeds. And it’s likely that this will be part of a month or more in Europe.
  5. In my real job I do a fair amount of GIS work. I’ve idly thought that after I retire I could farm myself out to Independent Scholars to help them with the spatial display of information (most folks associated with colleges likely have someone on staff to help them).
  6. I work for a University but have no teaching or research appointment. My appointment is 100% Extension. The Extension system in the US is located(organizationally) in Agriculture Schools at what are known as Land-Grant Universities. I’m not even going to try to explain it here.
  7. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of work on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response, specifically in Agrosecurity and in a couple of specialties within that.

Now I have to come up with 15 blogs to nominate. I think I’m going to just nominate blogs which I consider interesting and which have been fairly active, without worrying about whether they’ll pass it along. Five of the blogs I’d normally consider have been nominated by Michelle.


  1. Steve Muhlberger of Nipissing University has Muhlberger’s World History Steve is a medieval history professor currently working on various aspects of chivalry along with high and late medieval warfare. When I think of a versatile blogger though, he is the first person who comes to mind as he blogs about current events and social issues as much as he does about history.
  2. Magistra et Mater is a historian in Britain (since she’s in Britain should I type “an historian”?) who has focused her research on studies of early medieval masculinity. She’s not exactly pseudonymous but enough so that I’ll not provide information on her latest book which looks very interesting – pretty sure I’ll be picking up a copy once I start reading about that period.
  3. Not my period but Kathleen Neal is an Australian medievalist who has a great blog, In Thirteenth Century England. The focus of her blog’s pretty self-explanatory but occasionally she ventures into other areas. The post I linked to immediately sent me scrambling to Google to see what kinds of autocompletes I could come up with.
  4. I love Bill Caraher’s The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World blog. He’s an archaeologist from the University of North Dakota and includes a ton of information, including some excellent book reviews.
  5. I recently discovered theculturegirl. I always take a look at the blogs of people who follow me and if I like them, as I did this one, I follow them myself. The author’s a PhD candidate in Medieval History.
  6. I mentioned The Lost Fort in my last post. In addition to writing a lot about (mostly) Medieval Germany (more properly the HRE and surrounding areas) she always includes great pictures.
  7. Viqueen is a very well respected blogger who teaches and does research on the Viking Age and in Old Norse language and literature. Her blog is Norse and Viking Ramblings.
  8. Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic is a blog written by folks from the University of Cambridge.
  9. Another Archaeology blog is Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives authored by a University of California at Berkely Anthropology Professor.
  10. Chris Armstrong is a Professor of Church History at Bethel Seminary. He has a very interesting blog, Grateful to the Dead. The post I’ve linked to includes the paper he gave this year at Kalamazoo.
  11. I know nothing about the author (this is another blog I found because the author started following mine) but I like Antiquarian’s Attic.
  12. Christian Opitz writes L’Historien Errant. Some very interesting art history posts.
  13. From the Garden to the City is written by a Masters Degree student studying Late Roman History. Our interests mesh and I like this one a lot.
  14. Things Medieval is a group blog whose authors are, mostly, graduate students in history.

I thought I was going to get to 15 but, except for the blogs Michelle mentioned in her post none of the others I wanted to nominate have posted within several months. Guess I’ll be one short.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Blogology, Other Blogs

 

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Cool Stuff on Other Blogs VII

I’m in a strange place just now. For the tiniest period I feel in control of my life and that I am actually working rather than being worked over by my job. I suspect that this happy confluence of events will end in two days after another meeting with about 20 co-workers where I’ll talk about what I’ve been doing and how (gulp) I’m willing to offer it to a broader audience. I’m sure this is a good thing but every time I’ve presented on this, for the following two weeks I’ve been swamped.

Anyway, this afternoon after getting home I started trying to catch up on my blog reading. Once I did that I realized there have been some interesting and fun posts written. I decided to only go back a month because I can’t really remember when I fell behind but I suspect it was somewhere around when I was in DC in April as this recent hectic period began shortly thereafter.

So whatever I’m mentioning here has a) been written within the last month and b) doesn’t involve Kalamazoo because it’s impossible for anything about Kalamazoo to be considered remotely cool when I wasn’t there. Also, many of these bloggers have had multiple good posts (as I’m sure have some of those I haven’t linked). If you like what they’ve written, take a look at some of their other work.

Here we go, from most recent to oldest.

Over at Senchus, Tim posted about the Battle of Dun Nechtáin which, being relatively unfamiliar with Scottish history, I had never heard of. Apparently I should have, or at least have remembered Bede’s account as this battle, where in 685 the Picts defeated the English of Northumbria, apparently led to an extended period where it sucked to be English.

Katy Meyers of Bones Don’t Lie offered a summary of a recent article on Scandinavian burials where, once again, a researcher has found that mortuary remains often leave a lot to be desired when it comes to determining specifics about those who were buried. I haven’t read the article mentioned (though I may try to take a look at it) but it’s becoming almost a rule of mine that when it comes to history things are almost always more complex than they first appear.

I very much appreciated a post by Lucas at From the Garden to the City about Early Islamic Sources. Why did I enjoy it so much? Because much of what he talks about echoes how I feel about Late Antique Western Europe. It’s not that there aren’t sources. With the exception of Britain (and here I may be less correct than I think I am as I have a bunch of books about the Anglo-Saxons which I haven’t read yet), there are a lot of sources. The problem is these aren’t coherent narrative histories in the pattern of a Thucydides, or even Ammianus Marcellinus. They are small, often contradictory pieces that make up a puzzle which, often, when you find a piece and think you figure out how it fits, find that it makes another piece suddenly appear out of place. And I’m not even doing the research; just reading what the researchers have to say.

At Contagions Michelle summarized research done in a 6th century Bavarian cemetery which conclusively indicates that Yersinia pestis was the causal agent for the Justinian Plague. Granting that finding the organism in multiple locations spread across a wider geographic area would provide even stronger evidence, it’s getting more difficult for people to argue for some other disease.

As usual, just picking one of Jonathan Jarrett’s posts was tough but I thought his discussion of when is a monk really a monk and when is he someone else based on late 10th century charter evidence to be very interesting. Here you have someone, or possibly but unlikely more than one someone’s of the same name, sometimes writing charters as a cleric and sometimes as a layperson. If it is one person, why? I hope Jonathan gets a chance to look at these charters in person and I really hope they’re written by the same person because that would be just waaaaaay interesting, as was the post.

Taking this identity confusion one step further is Esmeralda’s Cumbrian History where she talks about an Irish Saint, Bega, who may actually have been – wait for it – a bracelet. I mean, it’s one thing to not know if you’re a monk or a layperson, quite another to have trouble figuring out if you’re a Saint or a piece of jewelry. I very much enjoyed how she walks through how this may have happened.

Finally, I’ll offer a post written an even 30 days ago by Gabriele of the Lost Fort where she discusses 14th century disputes over the duchy of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. What I always enjoy about Gabriele’s posts, along with her detailed narratives, are the wonderful pictures. Now 14th century Germany is well outside my area of interest but these types of accounts are always interesting.

I’m currently in the middle of reading Irenaeus. Hopefully I’ll have the time to post about what he has to say once I finish.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Other Blogs

 

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Repost: Marginalia; An Online Review Journal

There may be a way to do a full repost in WordPress but evidently I haven’t figured it out yet(I knew how in Blogger). Anyway, I read this on The Heroic Age and thought it sounded excellent. Then I clicked on the link for the current issue and thought it was even better. Thanks to Larry Swain for the original post.

Marginalia

Dear Colleagues,
I am writing to proudly announce the launch of Marginalia: A Review of Books in History, Theology and Religion. As publicity assistant to the Editorial Board at Marginalia, I would be grateful if you could pass along this notification to your institution’s press department and / or mailing list, as it will doubtless be of immense interest to students and academics across the disciplines of history, theology and religion. I also attach our latest press release.

Marginalia is an international review of academic literature from a range of disciplines along the nexus of history, theology and religion, providing timely, open-access reviews of the highest scholarly calibre. We hope to raise the standard of the academic book review, publishing only the most incisive and thoughtful reviews. Reviewers should expect their reviews in Marginalia to be easily discoverable by Google and other search engines, and so to have more visibility and accessibility than in some traditional print-based journals. We encourage reviewers to give careful thought not only to the content but also to the presentation of the review, and hope to see the academic review in theology and religion move closer to the standard of the Times Literary Supplement or the New York Review of Books.

Since Marginalia is a wholly devoted to the review of academic literature, we would also like to make a call for future contributions, the guidelines for which can be found here.

Finally, a walk-through of the website and introductions to our fine editorial board can be found on our Youtube channel.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Books, Other Blogs

 

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Cool Stuff on Other Blogs VI

Just back from Thanksgiving and while I have half of another Kalamazoo post written and an idea for something I think is interesting about Early Christianity, I won’t have time to finish those today. Instead I want to post a summary of some interesting stuff from other blogs, something I haven’t done in a while.

Jonathan Jarrett has a post I find very interesting about the spread of the three-field agricultural system in Western Europe. This is something of a “state of the question” post discussing some of the sources and problems with figuring out how and why this major change came about. There’s also a very nice image of the three-field system.

Katy Meyers’ Bones Don’t Lie Blog has become one of my very favorites. She’s a very active blogger and her posts are filled with information. I highly recommend you start following her blog if you’re interested in archaeology, particularly mortuary archaeology. Her recent post on a study of two medieval Irish cemeteries and the wounds found on remains is a nice example of why I enjoy her blog so much.

I often mention posts from Heavenfield but this time I’ll point to one from Michelle Ziegler’s other blog, Contagions. She discusses a study of Leprosy in Medieval Scandinavia including the finding of an Asian strain which raises a bunch of questions of transmission paths.

Esmeralda’s Cumbrian History and Folklore has a recent post about spoons found dating from the iron age in England. These spoons do not seem to be suitable for eating which hints at some sort of ritual use.

Magistra et Mater has started posted her Leeds reports. Her opening day report discusses monasticism, medieval hygiene, and gender studies. They’ve moved the date of Leeds (this is the International Medieval Congress) a week earlier which greatly enhances my chances of making it before I retire, though I’m almost certain this won’t be in 2013.

Viqueen recently provided a post on Norwegian Churches which I enjoyed a great deal. What was interesting to me was her mention of the inscriptions found on a chair in Heddal depicting a scene from a Norwegian legend, one which seems to me to be very non-Christian.

Through a post by Tim Clarkson on his blog, Senchus, I’ve now discovered his Heart of the Kingdom Blog about early medieval Govan (a section of Glasgow). The post in question is a detailed (for a blog post) discussion of the Barochan Cross, an early medieval free-standing cross, which were likely once fairly common along roads in Scotland.

I always enjoy Gabriele’s The Lost Fort. Even when the topic doesn’t particularly interest me, she posts great pictures. She recently posted about Castle Reichenbach, built in the later 11th century in (modern) Germany. She posts a lot of details about the various conflicts that took place in and around this castle during the medieval period but I have to confess that it’s her first footnote which will probably stay with me the longest.

Though it’s not in my period I enjoy Kathleen Neal’s In Thirteenth Century England a great deal. She recently put up a post about the Reformation (more properly, about how it had its roots in the Medieval Period) which includes a great flowchart she developed. I saved it using her name for the filename so hopefully I remember to ask her permission should I ever use it for something.

That’s it for now. I’m afraid I haven’t been a very good participant in National Blog Posting Month. This is getting to be an old refrain but I do intend to get back to more regular posting at some point. But for the rest of today I need to prep for a regional Drought Conference in Ohio on Tuesday.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Other Blogs

 

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Kalamazoo on the Blogs

Last year I saw relatively few bloggers posting about Kalamazoo. This year they’re all over the place. This page will be my attempt to provide a list of bloggers who have posted about the 2012 International Congress on Medieval Studies and who have described something about it, beyond simply, “I was there.” As I’m posting this just three days after Congress I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ll be adding more links. Also, if I link to a blog post about Kalamazoo and that blogger adds additional posts, I won’t add all of their links (I don’t think – if I change my mind this sentence will disappear). If you know of a blogger posting about K’zoo and I haven’t included it here, feel free to either e-mail me or post a comment. The same goes if I’ve posted a link to your blog and you’d prefer I remove it.

Medievalists.net made their initial K’zoo post here and mention there may be more. I wonder if they’ll describe how they were featured at the Pseudo Society Session?

At Modern Medieval Matthew Gabriele provides his contribution to a BABEL Panel, “Against the 19th Century: A Mini-Manifesto.”

Notorious PhD posted about a strange encounter she had at this year’s Congress. I think I may throw a post in sometime about how I approach Medievalists with suggestions.

JJ Cohen discusses his Kalamazoo experience on the group blog, In the Middle. Because this is a group blog I will try to provide a link to a K’zoo post from each individual blog author as they appear.

On Grateful to the Dead, Chris Armstrong posted his Congress Paper, “C S Lewis: The classical and medieval resonances of his moral teachings.”

Historian on the Edge posted his paper from a BABEL Session (I really need to get to these), “History and Commitment: A Miniature Manifesto.”

Steve Muhlberger posted a couple of links from BABEL Session papers, including the one from H.O.T.E.

Jonathan Hsy guest posted about Kalamazoo on In the Middle.

From a new blog, for me, Bachanal in the Library discussed his first Kalamazoo experience.

Michelle Ziegler of Heavenfield and Contagions provides a summary of her Kalamazoo experience.

Jonathan Hsy just shared a post from James Smith of Australia where he talks about his Kalamazoo experience on his blog, Fluid Imaginings.

I hardly ever come across LiveJournal Blogs for some reason, I really don’t know why, but here’s what looks to be the final Kalamazoo Post from The Rose Garden. Heather Rose Jones was live blogging from Kalamazoo – I mean posting about sessions pretty much as they happened. And she has a bunch of ’em. I’m in awe.

Charlie Rozier at Rozier Historian offers a few Kalamazoo observations.

Jonathan Hsy also shared a post by Anne from Medieval Meets World. This post is less about the events of Congress than its spirit. It’s a different way of looking at Kalamazoo, at least for me.

In the Middle’s Eileen Joy authored a lengthy post in which she provides a summary of the Exemplaria Roundtable (Session 12) as well as her perspective on some issues related to Medieval Studies as a discipline and as a profession.

Jim Tigwell, another individual whose blog was previously unknown to me, posted some of his thoughts.

Megan Arnott from The Society for the Public Understanding of the Middle Ages posted a summary of their Kalamazoo session.

MEARCSTAPA, the Medieval Monster Group, (I’m not gonna try to type that out) posted a quick summary of their two sessions.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Conferences, Other Blogs

 

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