CFPs for ICMS 2019 at Kalamazoo

Like I mentioned in my last post, the Early Middle English Society has two accepted panels  for ICMS 2019 held at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Please read below for the CFPs and contact information for submitting abstracts to me. The deadline is September 15.

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Assistant Professor, EMES President, and ICMS Boycott

So much has happened since I wrote “Reflections on ISAS 2017 and a Call to Action” last summer.

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A Farewell letter to Medieval Studies

This gives me a lot to think about because Shamma isn’t wrong.

"Of the Making of Books there is no end..." (Ecc 12:12)

I no longer think of myself as a medievalist. It’s not because I no longer feel like I belong in this field/discipline/concentration, but because I have come to believe that it’s not a useful label under which to place my knowledge nor the right paradigm through which to filter the world.

I’ve not come to this position lightly or without a certain amount of agony. For scholarly and social reasons it has been very important for me over the past two decades to see myself as a “medievalist” working within “medieval studies.” My hope, with this post, is to move towards a better scholarly place, hopefully while maintaining my social ties to my network of colleagues and friends who see themselves as medievalists. This is not an attack on anyone, and I don’t expect everyone to agree with my arguments here.


The “Middle Ages” as a concept was already…

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Reflections on ISAS 2017 and a Call to Action

This post is long overdue, and therefore very long, but since the end of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Biennial Conference 2017 at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in early August, I’ve had a “babymoon” with John in Maui, had my last NYC doctor’s appointment, said goodbye to beloved friends in the NYC area, finished packing up our lives, and then transported us to our new home in Tennessee (all without getting sick–well, not counting the few times I coughed so hard that I vomited). Our new home is still in the process of becoming “home,” but my office is unpacked–I’ll just ignore the three small stacks of books and unpacked “Carla’s book research essays” box for a bit longer… So now is the time for some ISAS reflection, particularly with an eye to the International Medieval Congress 2017 (Leeds, UK) debacleMedievalists of Color statement and tragic and disturbing current events in the United States.

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Postdoctoral Ambivalence & Pregnancy

This post is going to be a bit different. No research and very little “field” discussion. Instead, this is a reflection on the personal aftermath of another failed job market season and the emotions tied up with it.

This year was my first year on the job market with my PhD in hand, and I had the added benefit of being a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at my doctoral institution for a year. I had three campus visits, only to come away empty handed. Again. Granted, my first two years on the job market were ABD, and my second year provided me with my first interviews and first campus visit. So, progress is slowly being made. Sort of. Kind of. Maybe. I don’t know. Who really knows in this gods forsaken job market??

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Why I Started Using Social Media Professionally

When I was a third-year PhD candidate, I remember sitting in a (mostly useless) required professionalization workshop in my department, and while I didn’t get much out of the experience, I do remember one piece of information getting my attention: cultivate an online presence. In an age where potential employers will Google you as soon as you submit an application, it’s crucial for us (anyone really, but especially us newbies, the not-yet-graduated and not-yet-employed) to seize control over what the Internet spits back out after a search. I had already begun filtering the many layers of Carla on Facebook since not only was my grandmother my “friend,” but so were former professors, new scholarly friends, and potential colleagues. So I already had an idea of what or who I wanted to portray out in the Interwebs. The next step was in figuring out: where else did I need/want to exist online?

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Wriggling Thoughts: Searchable Ormulum

This is going to be a very short post, but I thought I’d go ahead and begin pondering the usefulness of transcribing Holt into a searchable online document.

Similar to the accessibility and the search-ability of my translations, we would finally have a digital edition of the Ormulum that we could use for text mining and other fun data analysis. Right now, you can find the 1878 edition freely available online (just Google it), but it’s either in a PDF or in the unhelpful digital format from the Internet Archive. The Archive of Early Middle English has the images for their digital edition of MS Junius 1 (yes!!), but it will take some time before they have edited and coded it. In the meantime, might it be useful to have even the flawed Holt and White version online somewhere?

Feel free to post your thoughts.

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