Monday, February 14, 2005

Another Blogging Medievalist?

Another Blogging Medievalist?


Looks like there's another of us girls. Although I'm unsure of area and period (Dead Languages could be anything ...). It also looks like many of the cool kids will be at K'zoo or MA. Not me. I will be here instead. Why? because it's a really great conference: small, good papers, people know each other, and almost everyone is really nice and helpful. Still, it would be nice to meet up with other medieval bloggers. OH -- boss just came in and told me one of the places in a really good state college system called and asked for a reference. Woohoo! It's not much, but it means I made the "looks like she might fit the job" cut. I think. I hope.

11 comments:

Tiruncula said...

Ooh, it's so nice to be one of Us Girls!

I've had the flyer for the Late Antiquity conference sitting on my desk and am sorely tempted to go, but I'm afraid it just won't work with my spring break/dogsitting-availability calendar this year. I'm committed to going to MAA and with what this winter's been like in terms of literal and metaphorical weather, I am very much looking forward to a few days in Miami Beach. I hope you'll give us a bit of a blogreport on "Shifting Frontiers".

As for my dead languages and disciplinary identity: well, one of them is Latin, naturaliter; there are some hints to my micro-field in my reading lists.

Another Damned Medievalist said...

Ooh! I'll have to look and figure it out!

Ancarett said...

Keeping my fingers crossed that this job possibility will pan out!

I won't be at Kalamazoo this year. I presented a paper last year but this year I'm giving it a miss. It's a long drive in the midst of school term for kids when I really should be writing another article. Maybe next year, though!

Another Damned Medievalist said...

Wow! That was freakily fast!

meg said...

I haven't been to K'zoo since 1999, I think. I've just never had a good time, and the paper quality is *really* uneven. Okay, not as uneven as Leeds, but still.

I'm a MAA/MAP girl (although no Miami for me this year). Just like "brown is the new black," MAA is my new K'zoo.

And lord knows we could all use a new kazoo.

New Kid on the Hallway said...

It looks like a cool conference, but boy, would I be a fish out of water there...though I like the smaller conferences a lot, you have much more interesting conversations (or so I hope, since I'm heading to a small conference!).

I am a k'zoo diehard, though a lot of this is due to going for many years in grad school and enjoying the bonding/slumber party quality as much as the academic experience. The papers *are* really uneven, and it keeps getting huger and huger, but I usually hear some worthwhile stuff. I've only been to one MAA, but found it snooty and esoteric (code for: not much in my field!). (I should also add that the program has looked much more interesting in other years, but I hate going unless I'm giving a paper, and I've never somehow managed to get on the ball enough to propose a MAA paper.)

Another Damned Medievalist said...

I'm pretty out of water, too. For me, the problem is that I'm a hundred years too late for Shifting Frontiers, and 200 years (or more) too early for MAA. Last year, I did go to a couple of relevant sessions, but more because I have a wide general range. So the Steve White/Paul Hyams session was good, but really late for me. Kazoo was really big for Big Name A at my undergrad, but he was pretty well known for being sociable. And for some reason, he always insisted on getting seafood there -- despite the fact that he taught at Beachy U! So, I've never been to Kazoo, but will probably go one day, just to say I did. And if I can get a paper together. Carolingians, anyone?

michelle said...

I'll be at Kzoo. This will be my second trip out. I don't have a paper this year, but am looking forward to just soaking it in.
Yes, the papers are uneven but I did manage to luck into a few decent ones last time.

Tiruncula said...

ADM, I didn't mean to leave this hanging for a week, but yes, Carolingians! They're not my special thing, but they border geographically and temporally on my guys. There are actually a lot of papers at K'zoo in your period, but I'd guess they tend to be hidden away in non-obvious session subjects. Although the papers are definitely of uneven quality at the Zoo, it's vrtually the only conference big enough to accommodate a whole session (or several) in my extremely obscure corner of medstud, so I can count on seeing the five or six other people who do what I do and getting an annual update on their work.

Plus they're restoring the ecosystem of the pond where the swans live and they've got rid of the man-eating carp.

Another Damned Medievalist said...

Ok ... Tiruncula's got me confused. Unless, of course, we're talking about the people to the West of mine.

Tiruncula said...

You mean confused about who My Guys are? I'd say they're NW of the Carolingians, except of course when they're visiting. Kalamazoo is also NW of where I live, sort of, so there's a certain symmetry there (or not).