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Miles, Margaret R. 2008. "God's love, mother's milk." Christian Century 125, no. 2: 22-25
EBSCO abstract: "The article presents an exploration into the use of nursing as a theological metaphor in Western medieval and Renaissance Christian art. An overview of several uses of the nursing Virgin Mary within church history is given, along with its gradual changes in artistic connotations throughout the Renaissance. The value of the religious image of nursing in spiritual life is emphasized."

"By 1750 the public meaning of naked breasts was largely medical or erotic. I have not been able to find a single religious image of the breast painted after 1750. By that time, it was impossible to symbolize God's love by depicting a nursing Virgin. Meanwhile, crucifixion scenes increased in number and in their graphic depiction of violence and suffering . . .
Did the increased attention to violent crucifixion scenes arise from social changes in Western Europe? . . . There are problems with the crucifixion scene as a representation of God's love for humanity. It presents a violent act as salvific. Are crucifixion scenes the unconscious origin, deeply embedded in Western Christian societies, of the sacrificial rhetoric that surrounds war? (On the eve of the Iraq war, George W. Bush said, "Americans understand the costs of conflict because we have paid them in the past. War has no certainty but the certainty of sacrifice.") Does the proliferation of crucifixion scenes habituate us to violence? The equation of love with heroic violence and suffering is typically a male-centered perspective. Depictions of the lactating Virgin, of course, also involve expectations about gender. Is God's love for humanity more adequately represented as the provision of life, daily care and nourishment, or as redemptive suffering?"
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Journal of Archaeological Science
Volume 37, Issue 2, Pages 225-436 (February 2010)

Assessing the reliability of criteria used to identify mandibles and mandibular teeth in sheep, Ovis, and goats, Capra. Pages 225-242. Melinda A. Zeder, Suzanne E. Pilaar

Prehistoric population history in eastern Fennoscandia. Pages 251-260. Miikka Tallavaara, Petro Pesonen, Markku Oinonen

Dating Danish textiles and skins from bog finds by means of 14C AMS. Pages 261-268. Ulla Mannering, Göran Possnert, Jan Heinemeier, Margarita Gleba

The provenance of some glass ingots from the Uluburun shipwreck. Pages 295-301. C.M. Jackson, P.T. Nicholson

High-throughput mass spectrometric analysis of 1400-year-old mycolic acids as biomarkers for ancient tuberculosis infection. Pages 302-305. Laszlo Mark, Zoltan Patonai, Alexandra Vaczy, Tamas Lorand, Antonia Marcsik

Pollen analysis of 15th century cesspits from the palace of the dukes of Burgundy in Bruges (Belgium): evidence for the use of honey from the western Mediterranean. Pages 337-342. Koen Deforce
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Though I did skim it-- it's for a College Seminar on "We Have Always Been Medieval".

David W. Marshall, ed. Mass Market Medieval: Essays on the Middle Ages in Popular Culture (McFarland, 2007).

Table of Contents:
- Chaucer for a New Millenium: The BBC Canterbury Tales
- "If I Lay My Hands on the Grail": Arthurianism and Progressive Rock *
- The Sound of Silents: Aurality and Medievalism in Benjamin Christensens' Haxan
- Antichrist Superstars: The Vikings in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal *
- The Future Is What it Used to Be: Medieval Prophecy and Popular Culture
- Idealized Images of Wales in the Fiction of Edith Pargeter/Ellis Peters *
- Places Don't Have to Be True to Be True: The Appropriation of King Arthur and The Cultural Value of Tourist Sites
- "Accident My Codlings": Sitcom, Cinema, and the Re-writing of History in The Blackadder *
- Medieval History and Cultural Forgetting: Oppositional Ethnography in The Templar
- Teaching the Middle Ages *
- Virtual Medieval: The Age of Kings interprets the Middle Ages
- A World unto Itself: Autopoietic Systems and Secondary Worlds in Dungeons & Dragons
- Anything Different is Good: Incremental Repetition, Courtly Love, and Purgatory in Groundhog Day

(* ones are ones I thought were particularly good, though the "Teaching the Middle Ages" essay is, well, rather whimperish.)
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Y'all have already heard about the "Soldier in later Medieval England" http://www.medievalsoldier.org
research project, right? The service records of lots and lots of 14th c. soldiers?
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After investigating heavily, my boss-- who is an excellent resource librarian-- has decided that the library instruction material will say, on the subject of "Primary vs. Secondary Source" :
"Talk to your professor."

Because the definitions of primary vs. secondary source, while similar in intent, vary from discipline to discipline. It's hard to convince scholars in specific disciplines that this is so, but, it is. Scientists believe the first scholarly publication by the original investigators describing the experiment is the primary source. Historians believe something that was written or drawn at the time by an eyewitness is a primary source; Archaeologists/Anthropologists have far more stringent rules that I don't even pretend to understand, which seem to center around the original artifact in situ (so a photo of the artifact, much less a contemporary depiction of the artifact, are secondary sources to them...)
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Please forward this information as appropriate.
The theme of the 2009 Penn State Center for Medieval Studies conference is "Sailing the Western Sea: The Atlantic Ocean in Medieval Perspective."
Conference is March 29, 2009, in State college, and there's no registration fee.
More information:
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We learned about this in library school, when hypertext was "Hypercard for the Mac" etc. and we all wanted one, though computerized. Nowadays, we can sorta have this, though we can't annotate it (I find myself printing out all kinds of journal articles because I can't annotate the links!). Something like the Memex, for non-fiction research books, is what I want for electronic/online books!
"As We May Think," Vannevar Bush, The Atlantic 1945.
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A bunch of my LJ friends are Fourteenth-Century Costuming Laurels. I admire them for that. It involves levels of knowledge, expertise and skill I could only dream of.

But... I will say it right here, right now, just as I just said it on SCA. and you can all fight with me about it here.

Read more... )
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Supposedly about the research process of 'digital natives' but frankly this sounds like the research process as a whole:

For example, digital natives gather information — as a building block in any learning process — through a multistep process that involves grazing, a deep dive, and a feedback loop.

Digital natives are good at grazing through the vast ocean of information online.

While browsing the Web, digital natives might decide to go beyond the headlines of a story and to take a deep dive, for example by following a hypertext link, listen to a commentary, or download a video clip on the topic of interest. In this way, they are searching for what’s behind the bit of information that got their attention in the first place.

The feedback loop, finally, includes some sort of enhanced interactivity with the content they’re interested in. The digital native, for instance, may decide to share the information with friends and family. Or to post a comment to her blog to critique the story he just learned about. Or to share thoughts on a mailing list. The form of a digital native’s feedback loop varies, but his level of engagement with information and the world he lives in tends to be higher than the one of the previous generation.

We’re optimistic that these features are generally good for learning.
-- Urs Gasser, Interview, "Understanding Students who were 'born digital'"-- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/10/02/digital
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A faculty member in a metro area commented that they made their students include one resource in their paper bibliographies that wasn't online. I'm reposting my response:

We've had to beg our professors to REMOVE this requirement from their
papers-- we subscribe to 20,000-30,000 journals online through
electronic journal services and only about 4,000 in print, and we were
having to teach the students BAD research habits to find anything
related to their papers in our print journals. Bigger institutions
with larger research collections don't have this problem yet, but I
can see it coming down the pike.

Instead, we teach the students the difference between the subscription
services, with subject indexing, that we have, and the 'open web' and
it's worked out so far-- but that's because we catch them twice in
their first year of college. Changes in the "first year experience"
coming down *our* pike may mess that up.

If I could do one thing as a professional researcher in the SCA, I
would get SCAdians to find out what electronic resources their local
libraries offer, and have them USE those resources, and demand more.
Also, I run into a lot of people who think that once a journal is
electronic it's no longer accessible to non-academics-- but most small
colleges will let you come in and use a public-use computer in the
library to access their electronic journals.

A while back I ran into someone from the Midrealm who was allegedly
marked down for using "Early English Books Online" (a subscription
service) for her herbal research, because it was "Online." I couldn't
decide whether to laugh or cry-- these are scanned microfilms of
multiple versions of extant printed books from the Early printed books
period (1473 to 1700), so it was the closest to primary sources you
could get. In some cases, it's the ONLY way to get access to those
resources as they haven't been reprinted and are in closed special
collections. Only rather rich libraries have access to it, and it's
worth tracking down any libraries in your area that have it that will
let you use it on their computers.
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Zillow.com not only gives you estimated housing prices, it will often give you house/neighborhood frontage pictures even when Google Maps doesn't have them.

GreatSchools.net provides both parent ratings and their own ratings. Greatschools.net ratings are based entirely on standardized test scores.

http://education.state.nj.us/rc/ gives you 'New Jersey School Report Cards' which include avg pupil:teacher ratios and other statistical data, also text contributed by the school and district to the report, as well as the NCLB reports.
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This is the NEW class I'll be teaching at Pennsic.
*IF* you've got the time (you're bored, you're postponing packing, whatever) please look and offer feedback...

Main outline:

What's Google Good for?

Should I also have copies of this to distribute?


Jul. 29th, 2008 05:56 pm
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So, my co-worker Bruce took a look at my CA (I really should have thanked him specifically in the acknowledgements, he's the one who suggested Scatologic Rites of All Nations) and said, oh, have you tried Art and Architecture Technical Abstracts? I said "what?" and he wandered off and came back with the print volumes, which are cool.

A while later, he stopped me at the reference desk to show me this:
AATA Online*: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature
(Formerly Art and Architecture Technical Abstracts)


Jun. 16th, 2008 03:41 pm
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Old Marian's research on period gypsy costume:

Hygiene CA

May. 14th, 2008 08:12 am
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"’And that reminds me. Miss Lydgate’s History of Prosody was marked PRESS with her own hand this morning. I fled with it and seized on a student to take it down to the printers. I’m almost positive I heard a faint voice crying from the window about a footnote on page 97—but I pretended not to hear’" (Sayers, 1995 Harper paperback Gaudy Night, Ch 22, p. 492).

My Compleat Anachronist on Hygiene has had to be split into 2 volumes; Tonwen informs me that Vol. 1 goes to the printer TODAY!
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In the preceding pages, I have detailed examples of many personal hygiene practices used before 1601. Personal hygiene, clearly, was not completely unknown to our medieval and Renaissance forbears. Teeth and mouths were cleaned, bad breath combated, hands and faces washed, good manners in eating expected, and hair combed and dressed, at least some of the time by some people.

But, to slightly misquote Sherlock Holmes, it is always a mistake to theorize in excess of your facts. Were the modern student of medievalism to be transported back in time, their experiences with medieval hygiene would still be quite a shock to the system. People may have washed-- but not as often as moderns. People took care of their persons and tried not to offend with dirt -- but not the way we are used to. And as we know, the equipment and furniture of hygiene were rather different.

While the medieval laver or lavatory has appeared already, the 'usual domestic offices' which we look for in a modern lavatory will be covered in volume II. Readers interested in bathing, soap, and scents, and the disposal of human waste in the pre-modern period should look forward to it. Such hot and steamy-- not to mention odiferous -- topics yield more surprise as well as fascination.

How does that sound, folks?
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So, I'm re-reading Gaudy Night, by Sayers, and running into questions of 'the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...'.

In Gaudy Night, there is a long discussion among the members of Shrewsbury scholars about the morality of suppressing a fact, and of the person who sees the fact suppressed and lets it go.

"Well, that's true, of course. Nothing could possibly excuse deliberate falsification."
"There's no sense in deliberate falsification, anyhow," said the Bursar. "What could anybody gain by it?"
"It has been done," said Miss Hillyard, "frequently. To get the better of an argument. Or out of ambition."
"Ambition to be what?" cried Miss Lydgate. "What satisfaction could one possibly get out of a reputation one knew one didn't deserve? It would be horrible."

Of course, there are many things where depending on how one states the facts, and which facts one states, one can make totally opposing arguments. Some of them have been touched on lightly by certain discussions-- even among the sane people who do believe in the Holocaust, for instance, there are wildly varying constructions of what it was about and even the way things happened, and why, and what we need to do to keep it from ever happening again.

Right now, though, I'm looking at something less fraught. One of the blogs I read, a post-peak-oil one (and the peak oil movement puzzles me specifically because of the issues and indicators they choose to focus on), just posted something about the end of the economy, etc. as we know it. The writer cites two other sites for some facts to bolster her argument. But... following her references, I find that they don't say exactly what she has made them say. Using your 'economic incentive" to 'pay utility bills' is not the same as 'paying past-due utility bills'. It may indeed be true that 50% of 'recent' homebuyers now have no or negative equity in their homes-- if you define 'recent' as 'in the last 3 years'. Did the writer do this on purpose? Or is this just the way she reads the news? Should I say something? Should I stop reading her blog? I don't know.

The same is true of other questions. Even in my own writing. I've recently written about medieval hygiene. Trying to explode the 'dirty' stereotype, I may well have overstated my case, and possibly even my evidence. But if I don't lay out the evidence as I know it, I'm complicit in the surpression of facts. If I don't argue the thesis of John Riddle in Eve's Herbs by saying "there's plenty of evidence that lots of this stuff isn't very effective, and that people really were obsessed with regular menstruation" I feel like I'm complicit in the misrepresentation of history. But am I actually supporting the suppression of truth? I don't know.
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*mumble mumble mumble*
just 'cos you can't find anything out on the open internet on it doesn't mean it's been erased from history.
That's what we *have* specialized resources for.
Just sayin'.


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