I did have a grand plan, at one stage, to set up a pre-conference blog about blogging; and possibly arrange a kind of live, on-line session in the conference so people could twitter in reponses, etc. Especially as I know there are many bloggers who are unable to attend this conference.
But on account of reasons, as they say, it's just going to be a regular panel with four short presentations and a response.
Still, I thought it might be interesting, even at this late stage, to open up a few topics and questions for debate in the comments thread here on humanities researcher. I'd love to hear from you on these or other related questions. I realise they sound a bit like essay/exam questions. Sorry about that: it's the time of year. Oh, and you don't have to be a medievalist to buy in here: comments on these or other topics are welcome from all.
- what would you say were the distinctive features, if any, of blogs by medievalists?
- does blogging build new communities?
- does blogging affect the way we write (and read) medieval criticism and historical studies?
- does knowing the "real" identity of the Chaucer blogger affect your sense of (a) his blog or (b) Chaucer?
- have you read Brantley Bryant's book, Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog? Medieval Studies and New Media?*
- has medieval blogging (whether you read and/or write blogs) changed the way you think about the nature of academic work?
- has blogging had any affect on the kind of work you do in medieval studies?
- if you could ask Chaucer a question about his blog, what would it be? (no promises, here...)
Here's the lineup of our panel:
Session 60: BLOGGING, VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES, AND MEDIEVAL STUDIES
Session Organizer: Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jeffrey J. Cohen (George Washington University, email@example.com)
"Blogging Past, Present and Askew"
Carl S. Pyrdum, III (Independent Scholar, firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Blogging on the Margins: Got Medieval, Medieval Blogging, and Mainstream Readership”
Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne: email@example.com)
“How do you find the time? Work, pleasure, time and blogging”
Jonathan Jarrett (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, firstname.lastname@example.org)
“An Englishman's blog is his castle: names, freedom and control in medievalist blogging”
David Lawton (Washington University, Saint Louis), Respondent
* my copy's on its way from the warrior women of the internet, as Chaucer describes them. Hope it gets here before I leave: what a great book for the plane ride!