Category Academic life

Parchment, Paper and Pixels, Maastricht 2nd-3rd February

‘Parchment, Paper and Pixels’, held at the Regionaal Centrum Historisch Limburg (RCHL) in Maastricht was billed as an opportunity to ‘examine possibilities for collaboration between scholars of medieval sources and those in the digital sciences’. As I write this, I am undertaking a long journey back to York, negotiating both national rail services and the […]

Metric Mirages: Vanishing Article stats and Open Access

I’ve been evaluating the success of my open access articles this week, and looked up my collaborative article published by Brain in 2015: Thorpe, Deborah E., and Jane E. Alty. “What type of tremor did the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’have?.” Brain (2015), available here. When I last checked, this article had amassed over 5,000 […]

CFP, ICMS Kalamazoo 2017: “Grey Matter: Brains, Diseases, and Disorders”

Call for papers: ICMS Kalamazoo 2017 “Grey Matter: Brains, Diseases, and Disorders” Special session organised by Deborah Thorpe, Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders at the University of York, UK. Description: This session invites papers that examine any aspect of medieval cognition, neurology, and/or psychiatry through medieval source material. This topic can be approached through […]

Cheesesteaks and Brownstones: Manuscript Viewings in Philadelphia and NYC

Having just returned from a research trip to the States, I thought that I would give my blog a kick, as it has gone into hibernation of late. Jet-lag and a cold prevent me from tackling my impending deadlines, so I thought that I’d take time to be more creative. I hope that peripatetic manuscript […]

Putting the ‘human’ back into ‘humanities scholar’

Speaking with other scholars of the medieval period, I’ve often felt twinges of guilt as an interloper. I have slunk around the corridors of the Centre for Medieval Studies as a meddler. Other medievalists strike me as inspired creatures: as individuals to whom, at age five, a higher being delivered some lightning-bolt command– ‘THOU MUST […]

Knowing How to Succeed: Do Academics Need Agents?

An article published recently in The New Yorker had me gripped as my train pushed south along the east coast mainline. Entitled ‘The Programmer’s Price’, it explains that the best computer programmers are now turning to agents to find the right vacancies, sell their skills to employers and – importantly – to negotiate the most […]

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Social Media and the Early Career Scholar

A senior academic colleague asked me recently if I thought that he should start using social media. We’d been discussing my blog and he was curious about its impact. He wanted to hear about what I’d gained from being visibly online. As I began to rhapsodize, I started thinking about the doors that social media […]