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I wonder how fast information was travelling, say, in the middle ages? Like, if the King died, how long did it take for a peasant to know the news?

wait, assassin's creed origins is set in Ptolemaic Egypt?

I mean, I would have preferred the reign of Ptolemy II, but my inner Hellenistic culture nerd is still totally freaking out

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Two grad students and I are doing research on and "the politics of federation," and so far for data/materials, we've collected: interviews with admins, 70 Masto threads on the topic, dozens of blog posts, and ~170 Masto CoC statements. It seems like a lot, but... what are we missing? Suggestions welcome!

sweet! my mentor just got back to me about a notice/short article I sent to her and said it was fabulous, and gave me some great suggestions for improving my lame intro 🐣

keep track of the bits that don't make it into the final draft of the dissertation-- you might get a nice little article out of some of them someday

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Coming back to masto after reading my twitter timeline feels like sleeping in my own bed after spending a week in uncomfortable hotel beds being shouted at by the worst people on the planet

"There is still a touch of hippiedom about Dutch universities, as if they have all just tumbled out of bed, sadly lacking now in the more focused British or American youth." -Christopher de Hamel

(also, if you're a ph.d. student/early career scholar and this is the sort of thing that grabs your interest, it's one of the closest things you can get to nerd summer camp as an adult)

curious about , one of the most interesting semitic languages around? (for the of , , etc.)

have a look at the dumbarton oaks/hill museum and manuscript library syriac summer school! (applications due by feb. 15)

it's taught by alberto rigolio (princeton) and jeff wickes (slu), on the lovely campus of st. john's university in minnesota (it's really fantastic)

I did the DO medieval Greek summer school years ago, and it was really great

too good not to pass on:

"Academic freedom is the freedom to humblebrag an inflated estimate of the hours per week you engage in academic tasks thereby tacitly contributing to the valourization of overwork, overcommitment, and overt exploitation of intrinsic motivation in academic employment."

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I'm currently a PhD candidate at in in the history of . I particularly study early Christ Assemblies (or "ekklēsiai," more commonly known as "churches") in relation to the popular Assemblies (again "ekklēsiai") that still existed in cities across the eastern Mediterranean during the early Roman imperial period.

I am also an avid user and am always on the lookout for more options whenever available.

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Hello all! I'm a student pursuing interests in technology and programming, though I also have great interest in humanitarian issues and philosophy, I would love to discuss any of these matters with anyone.

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Consent-Based Pedagogy and "Low-Stakes" Assignments - Jenn Polish

“Each class, you will be expected to bring with you the cards I give you in the beginning of term: these cards will be our Personal Traffic Lights, colored green, yellow, and red. Though we will discuss these extensively in class...

Green: When you are feeling up for anything ...

Yellow: When you are feeling cautiously ready to participate ...

Red: When you are feeling unable to...

awesome news!

a new book on and in medieval (edited by Peter Adamson and Peter Pormann) is out!

TOC here:

this looks like a fantastic collection

ahh, that old imposter syndrome...

"I’ve found that inmates do not come to an educational program looking to lower their future recidivism. They come because they want to join an academic community and learn how to think critically, express themselves well and cultivate a lifelong love of learning -- all goals that one frequently hears about the value of liberal arts education."

my wise friend and colleague Damian Zurro on teaching in prison

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Could someone recommend something on open acces vs traditional editorial practices in academia?

Books, papers, news articles, anything. If it is from the last two years, better.

I was just reading about the recent Mortara controversy, about a 19th c. Jewish child who was non-consensually baptized, taken away by the papacy, and who then grew up to be a priest, discussed here:

but I wanted some historical discussion of the theology of compelled baptism

and lo! the venerable scholar Marcia Colish published a 2014 book on "Faith, Force, and Fiction" in medieval baptismal theology

the intro can be read on line, and is v interesting

I mean, I can also see the beginning and the end of an entry being where you put the most salient information

so Turabian's

Elliott, Dyan. The Bride Of Christ Goes To Hell. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

allows you to quickly scan the author name, the date, and maybe the title, while the place of publication and the publisher are second-order information

@VickySteeves @vantablack @thelibrarian @feli

this is an idle question (which came up because I suck at citations), and you're all very kind to have taken the time to respond-- but I still have more questions!

are citations beginning Author-Date more common in STEM-ish fields where you want to be able to scan the date of a piece more quickly? are those that begin Author-Title more common in the humanities/squishier social sciences?

does the salience of info go down as you read LTR?

it's humbling to be reminded sometimes of how verbose and disorganized the first couple drafts of something can be...