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Writing a Book Review (Or: What the Book Review Genre *Is* and–More Importantly–What it is *Not*)

For many early-stage career scholars, especially graduate students, book reviews are among the earliest publication opportunities presented–and if we are being honest, as with teaching Freshman Composition and other introductory-level courses, this practice is probably deeply backwards because in both … Continue reading

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CFP: MEARCSTAPA at the Mid-America Medieval Association Conference

Here’s another fun CFP for your consideration…. come play in Kansas City, MO this September! CFP: “Examining Contagion” MEARCSTAPA-sponsored panel at Mid-America Medieval Association annual conference, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at University of Missouri-Kansas City Session organizer: Melissa Ridley Elmes, … Continue reading

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Why Academic Conferences Matter

I’ve just returned home from my annual pilgrimage to the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (colloquially known as “the ‘Zoo”). As always, the  four-day conference was at once all-too-brief (so many people I didn’t get to … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: Outlaws at SEMA!

CFP: Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, November 15-18, 2017, Charleston, SC IARHS–sponsored panel: “Cities of Gold, Forests of Green:  Sacred and Profane Spaces in Outlaw Tales” Session organizers: Melissa Ridley Elmes and Sherron Lux Session Presider: Sherron Lux A traditional reading … Continue reading

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Three calls for papers for Celtic panels at the 2018 Modern Language Association convention

Hello, all! I promise to write a nice long chatty post as soon as I’ve gotten through midterms. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy finishing up several projects and working on some collaborations. Here’s one of those collaborations–a set of three calls … Continue reading

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2017: A Year For Reading Women

Over the winter break, as I took stock of where I am, who I am, and where and who I want to be as a person, I also took stock of the people and things that influence the various aspects … Continue reading

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New Situation, New Look!

Hi there! We’re currently in week five of classes, the leaves are beginning to turn (yes, I’ll be posting Fall Foliage photos soon!) and I have finally found a few minutes (well, okay, stolen a few minutes) (well, fine, stolen … Continue reading

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When Scholars Move: A 5-Photograph Visual Essay

Scholars moving have books. Lots of books. There are also twenty-eight boxes of books in the hallway and hall closet. That makes 162 boxes of books, not including the three boxes already in the trunk of my car, which came … Continue reading

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The Month In Review: May 2016 (Or, “Let’s play an impossible game of catch up, shall we?”)

The title of the post says it all–I’ve well over a month’s worth of material to cover, so I’ll just dive right in and here it is: May 2016, redux. May 2016 was spectacularly, almost overwhelmingly chock-full of busy. On … Continue reading

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Teaching: Managing End-Of-Term Stress

Here we are, most of us, at the end of the spring term. For those of us who are teaching as well as finishing up our own reponsibilities as students, things probably seem pretty dicey right about now–papers to write; … Continue reading

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