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Mission Accomplished?

For the past several years, Elisabeth Carnell and I have organized a series of sessions at the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo on "Weblogs and the Academy". This series has, in its short history, featured roundtable discussions and academic papers. Here's what we've covered:

2006 - “Weblogs and the Academy: Internet Presence and Professional Discourse among Medievalists (A Roundtable)”
2007 - “Weblogs and the Academy: Pedagogy, Professionalism, and Technical Practices (A Roundtable)”.
2008 - “Weblogs and the Academy: Professional and Community Outreach through Internet Presence”.
2009 - “Weblogs and the Academy: The Scope of the Professional and Boundaries of the Personal in Open, Pseudo-Anonymous, and Anonymous Blogging”

They've been good sessions. (I have high hopes for the one which hasn't happened yet too.) They've presented stimulating ideas and fostered lively discussion both at the conference and back in the online world. They've been another way of helping to create community among medievalist bloggers. They've attracted an excellent variety of scholars to speak.

But we'd like to stop while we're ahead, before we've exhausted the topic entirely. We've covered the biggest issues we can think of and had a whole variety of exciting bloggers (of anonymous and named blogs) in to analyze it all.

What happens next?

Well, the world of medievalist bloggers is going strong. It doesn't particularly need our help. Having sessions on blogs at academic conferences has become more common over the years, so there are other opportunities for exploring the topic these days, at Kalamazoo among other places. Perhaps someone else would like to organize sessions around this topic.

If you can think of any major themes we've missed, we'd consider them: but we'd be even happier to support other people in organizing them in the future, assuming there's a need for them. Is there?



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Apr. 27th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
I can't really think of one,unless you want to do some sort of workshop on online workgroups.
Apr. 27th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I am certainly very interested to attend this year's one - it's something I've been thinking a lot about myself, and I'm keen to hear what other people have to say.

I've been very interested lately about the intersection of fandom and medieval studies - ie. why there seems to be a disproportionate number of people in both - and the influence people who've learned to interact online in fandom have/are having on medieval studies.
Apr. 28th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
What about other forms of social media? Twitter, facebook, and evolving innovations in instructional technology.
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