“People are not rewarded for checking previous work,” Schatzberg said. “They’re rewarded for coming up with sexy new research findings. That’s true in the sciences, but it’s also true in the humanities.”

really interesting piece on what may be a pervasive problem in historical scholarship, and maybe the humanities more generally: one scholar makes a tentative or poorly sourced claim that slowly morphs into accepted fact, and then proves v difficult to dislodge

(also: sex toys)


"Images of faces abound in medieval art, and Skinner doesn’t overlook iconography as a potential source of evidence, but what we don’t have are detailed, naturalistic portraits of specific individuals from this period. An absence of actual faces – let alone disfigured ones – reflects the widespread conviction that appearances and essences were different and irreconcilable things."

this generalization seems a little broad to me, though I certainly can't think of any good counterexx

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really interesting review of Trish Skinner's new book on Living with Disfigurement in early medieval Europe, with consideration of material from Ireland to Byzantium, and going into the 12th c.


also, there have been two great posts on the medieval medical blog I co-run:

Winston Black kicked off the aca. year with a great discussion of the dissemination of Constantine the African in English MSS:

and Monica Green followed up with an exploration of the "fantasy pharmacy" of high medieval medicine-- refs to ingredients that wouldn't have actually been accessible:

(also: hi! I'm still alive, but though I've been busy with non-academic stuff)

sometimes my field of study is pretty great:

I've just been listening in to a fascinating conversation (via email) about moldy bread, the moldy Eucharist, the rapidity of use of the Eucharist, medieval understandings of mold, etc., and it's gotten super wide-ranging 😁

someone just mentioned that Gilgamesh talks about the state of a set of bread loaves baked over a series of days

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46% of 80 million Canadian dollars go to Elsevier. F*cking A.

Link to article & data: carl-abrc.ca/news/carl-members

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This is a really great blog post about
a problem with publishing which libraries and others struggle with. Publishers are actively hostile to users getting content which is either OA or even available through the library’s subscription (eg they’ll leave a “buy this” button when the user has the rights to just download it for free). This post uncovers even more... researchremix.wordpress.com/20

compelling thread about who certain fields of the humanities are for (in this case, 19th c. lit, but the point can be made more broadly)


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Trying to find a digital home for my friend. Does anyone know if there's an instance geared around #philosophy? I found one for #academia in general but not really philosophy-specific necessarily.

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If you’d like an FAQ-style Guide to , @noelle has made a nice one here & is looking for people to it to languages other than English:

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