Just got back from the 2011 International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo. At the customary, and hilarious, Saturday night session of the “Pseudo Society,” I plunked myself down in one of the only available seats in the large auditorium (and this was nearly 30 minutes before the proceedings got underway!) and soon discovered I was sitting behind U of Minnesota grad student and MacLaurin Institute Staffer Abbey Von Gohren, who had been recommended to me by the redoubtable late-ancientist Oliver Nicholson as a potential member of a wishful-but-still-non-existent “Twin Cities Medieval Study Group.” Nice to meet you, Abbey! And I noted the U of M medievalists were out in force. Go Gophers!
Also directly in front of me at the Pseudo Society event was Curt Emanuel of Medieval History Geek, who blogged his Kalamazoo experience, as is his wont. It was great to meet Curt, as I’ve enjoyed his fanboy medieval blog for some time, and linked it on a couple of occasions. I understand he has a “bloggers get-together” on Friday mornings of the Kzoo conferences, and I’m definitely game for it next year.
I’ll soon (today?) be posting my own paper from the conference, “The Intuitive Medievalism of C S Lewis.” I agonized over it for the whole conference (yes, I hadn’t finished it yet when I arrived. Insert tsk-tsk about procrastination here) and it seemed to go well. Of course my friend the brilliant Edwin Woodruff Tait, who also presented in the brand-spanking-new C S Lewis track, as did his equally brilliant wife Jennifer Woodruff Tait, let me know at a dinner later that although he had enjoyed my paper, he had disagreed with a few things. Too bad he couldn’t remember what those things were: I always enjoy and benefit from Edwin’s critiques–which he’s never shy about giving. Gotta love that WWF European educational model.
More soon. . . .
- Going Medieval on You? (carpetbaggersjournal.com)