Patience is a virtue.
I'm grateful I learned that early on in my creative life. Letting stories marinate, percolate, or even simmer on a low brain heat is the best way to really bring them to life. I don't like to force a narrative when I can let it flow naturally by just giving it a bit of time to formulate. There will always be a time and space for my thoughts to exist 💖
Also, I'm racing no one.
Okay friends and frenemies
I'm heading for home now, will be there in ~ 30 mins
When I get there, I'll start the process of upgrading scholar.social
Wish me luck
"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
Not to be unwelcoming if you're new here, but if you're early career in #academia (at least in the humanities), it's worth sitting with this intense piece a bit
(But maybe don't read it when trying to finish your diss.)
In 2016, I published a paper in the TSQ titled:
“You Have Made Her a Man among Men”: Translating the Khuntha's Anatomy in Fatimid Jurisprudence
I discussed in it a case described in a Fatimid-era legal manual where a person had their body examined in order to be recognized as male and have a marriage voided.
sometimes it can be hard to remember that a penchant for big, amorphous projects can be feature and not just a bug
great twitter thread by Monica Green on medieval medicine, the "transformative effects of digitization," medieval mental health, etc.
(also, I suspect I know the scribe of that MS... 🤔 )
'Academia is a bunch of people emailing "sorry for the late response" back and forth until one of them gets tenure.'
oh, thank the heavens for the weirdness of medieval Latin-- keeps my life interesting!
a nicely reported piece on the economic brutality of the Republican tax plan for graduate students:
(gonna try this hashtag thing out...)
to anyone in #Scotland, there's a talk by prominent historian of medicine Helen King on the long history of depictions of the uterus in various media, this Weds, Nov. 8
Helen King, "Representing the womb in three dimensions: from ancient Greek votives to the “knit your own uterus” movement"
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 - 16:30
aw, nuts-- I keep finding out that scholars I find interesting are active on birbsite; and it's totally depressing to see them contort their thoughts into these bizarre little chunks...
worthwhile thread by Monica Green on a new study on #plague genetics
well, guess I'm getting into a debate about the academic freedom thing with a vague acquaintance on FB...
not usually my kind of thing, but here we go
I'm not a Crusades scholar, but to echo one recommendation by William Chester Jordan, the Hebrew Chronicles of the First Crusade are really breathtaking (trans. by Eidelberg, also discussed in several works by Robert Chazan, among others)
very intense and grim, these give an account of what happened to the Jews of the Rhineland when they were attacked by Christians inspired with Crusading fervor in the 11th c.
but they also reveal all of these little wrinkles of Jewish life in the Rhineland
so this is really cool:
lots of prominent historians of the Crusades (including ones from beyond the Anglophone world like Michel Balard and Benjamin Kedar) reflect on the ten books on the Crusades that have influenced them the most
in a couple of cases, these are works that are currently influential, but a lot of these are older works that these scholars read when they were starting out