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Researching in Dublin: The Big Move

It’s been a while since I updated The Scribe Unbound. Last time I wrote, I was wrangling with image permissions having had a couple of articles accepted for publication. Those articles, which were all interdisciplinary, collaborative, endeavors, have now been published: ‘Historical analyses of disordered handwriting,’ Written Communication 34 (2016): http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0741088316681988  ‘A history of dystonia: ancient to […]

Free medieval manuscript images to download and reuse

Now is a great time to be a medievalist. More and more beautiful, high-resolution, images of medieval manuscripts are appearing online. However, it can be difficult to a) find these images, b) know whether you are allowed to use them, and c) know where you stand when it comes to reproducing them in open access […]

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 […]

“Tremulous Hands: Handwriting and Neurological Disorders, Modern and Medieval” Documentary, now online.

Dear readers, I have the pleasure of announcing that my Wellcome Trust-funded documentary “Tremulous Hands” is now online: Making this documentary, with local film makers, Digifish, was a pleasure. It has also given me the opportunity to work closely with my collaborators on a public engagement piece. Featuring in the documentary with me are electronic […]

Mental health and academic ‘hygge’ (yes, I went there)

Hygge. It’s taking the UK by storm as a novel way for Brits to enjoy our cultural inferiority. Hygge, The Little Book of Hygge, How to Hygge, Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures, Living the Danish Way … we are buying these books in our droves, settling down in a comfy chair (or, more likely, […]

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 […]