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Kalamazoo Friday

After breakfast with celandineb, we wandered over for the blogger's breakfast meet. It was well-attended - 25+ people over its duration - with old friends and interesting people whom I'd at most heard of.

10 o'clock brought with it the best session-hopping I am ever likely to achieve, with four good papers in two different sessions, fortunately both in the same building: knights' equestrian styles, timing cooking with the Paternoster, a creative and insightful application of embroidery work to the meaning of the zodiac on the west portal of Chartres, and the use of geometric illustrations in fifteenth century manuscripts and artwork. Lunch with a_d_medievalist and A. featured Taco Johns, my first encounter with cinnamon twists in at least two years.

The early afternoon Digital Medievalist session may have been fascinating, but it hadn't achieved that yet for me when I left the roundtable after the speakers' initial presentations; it didn't help I was hampered by fatigue. The most memorable moment of that half-hour, however, warrants its own post. Thanks to C., I attended a Lydgate session in the later afternoon, and lucked out with four excellent papers: undead priests, undead kings, Mary as antidote to poison, and the meanings of aureation in his life of the pearl saint, Margaret. The panelists were as interested in asking questions of each other as the audience was.

I had far too little time at the AVISTA reception before meeting cliosfolly, who intrepidly organized dinner downtown, featuring a ladybird97, among others. Finally, pittenweem and I caught up with C.M. - who's moving to Hawaii.

Tonight, the moon is full and the air is sweet with blossoms.



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May. 9th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
I thought that the session on the technology of the book sounded cool, but using the Paternoster to time cooking is just fabulous.

Damn. Wrong academic field.
May. 9th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
This sounds depressingly like 'where are the women political &/or feminist bloggers', because most of the people I read are more multifaceted than that, but most of them are feminist and that comes through in all sorts of ways.
[Thought I posted this to your next post - curious]

Edited at 2009-05-09 03:28 pm (UTC)
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