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CFP: Weblogs and the Academy: The Scope of the Professional and Boundaries of the Personal in Open, Pseudo-Anonymous, and Anonymous Blogging
International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 7-10, 2009

Elisabeth Carnell and I are organizing next year's installation of the "Weblogs and the Academy" series for Kalamazo in 2009. Would you be interested in giving a paper on personal/professional boundaries; the Tribble effect; open, pseudo-anonymous, and anonymous academic blogging; or any other related topic as it relates, in some way, to Medieval Studies?

Last year's session ended with a passionate discussion on this very subject, far more material than could be fit into question time, so it's high time that it had a session of its own. Contact me about it, or the official pointwoman, Elisabeth. Her details are listed on the last page of the official K'zoo CFP. (PDF)

All paper abstracts must be received no later than September 15th, along with cover pages detailing contact information and equipment requirements.



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 28th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
What on earth is the Tribble effect? We all get small fat, furry and our legs fall off if we blog too much?
Aug. 28th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
It's the way blogs multiply when you're not looking and...

Ivan Tribble is the pseudonym of someone who wrote two strongly anti-blog editorials in the Chronicle for Higher Education.

He argued, in short, that anyone who keeps a blog should not be hired for an academic post. There will always be better candidates than bloggers.

So it's a shorthand for "not keeping a blog for fear of someday not being hired" or "not keeping a blog which could possibly be identified with the real identity of its author for fear of someday not being hired".
Aug. 28th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have my less than professional website and my LJ under my own name and easily identifiable as a sort of opposite filtering. It is a first approximation way to filter out those employers I would not want to work for.
Aug. 28th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Hee - I just Googled the term to find out, and this page is already the number five hit for the phrase. Fast work! :-)
Aug. 28th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Google's fast! I looked before answering in case someone had written it up concisely already. It's a term I've been used sporadically for a while, but possibly not in easily searched locations (like locked posts).

Aug. 28th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Heh... indeed.

Actually, there is an option on livejournal which automatically updates various sites when a public entry is made on your journal -- I suspect google is one.
Aug. 28th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have ping weblogs.com enabled.
Aug. 28th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
hello, i sent you an email, with the day wrong, it should be saturday, did you get it?
Aug. 28th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! I received it and was waiting to hear the latest on when C. is working to reply. But I'll reply anyways!
Aug. 28th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
no dont worry! i just got the email off your facebook so i didnt konw if it wasright or not. but then why would it not be. i dont know, i'm going home. well, not home. away from work.
Aug. 28th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Looks interesting, and the sort of thing I have some experience in, but my chances of being in K'zoo in May are zilch, I'm afraid.
Aug. 28th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
If we found one more person, I'd be willing to contribute a paper too, and we could do something at the Medieval Congress at Leeds in July next year. If you were really interested, that is.
Aug. 28th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
I sent an e-mail via the networking site.
Aug. 28th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
So that's what we're calling it now!

(Thank you for offering! I'll write back as soon as I'm done with this batch of grading.)
Aug. 31st, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Do you still have room on the panel? I'd like to talk about why I mix the personal and professional and how that relates in a way to the survival of medieval studies. I was thinking about blogging it, but I could save it for the conference.

And I don't mind "outing" myself.

I'll write something more concrete and send it along via official cover sheet and abstract if it's not too late.
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Please do! We'd be delighted to have you! We only have one definite at this point, so you'd make two. Note that they're papers, not a roundtable (and thus fills your one-paper-per-person quota for K'zoo), but we're happy to have them be shorter papers and leave lots of time for discussion.
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Note that they're papers, not a roundtable (and thus fills your one-paper-per-person quota for K'zoo)

Not a problem, since I wasn't planning on submitting anything else, since my current projects are either over-presented or else now past that stage.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
ancarett has expressed interest!
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
Hurray! We have a session!
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