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Starting up the (school) year again

I've been working on drafts of my dissertation chapters all summer at my parents', since I didn't have anywhere to come back to after London, and now I'm moving back into town with a new flatmate and getting ready for TAing two classes in the fall and teaching one in the spring. I had a three-day drive back from Kansas, and now I'm very nearly finished unpacking!

I'm on a medieval list-serv, so I get lots of conference calls for papers, and I just got a pretty fascinating one for next year's International Congress in Kalamazoo: the Societas Daemonetica is having a "Hell Studies" session, and the theme this year is "Jailbreaking Hell," and it's going to be about hell's boundaries, hellmouths, and "figures who pass through (and around) its gates." Nothing to do with my topic, but hellmouths are pretty interesting in medieval art, so it would be fascinating session to attend if I have a good reason to attend Kalamazoo next year.

Florida being Florida, it just started pouring outside, while simultaneously being brightly sunny. I think I had gotten myself to forget what the humidity here is really like. I am enjoying seeing everyone again, though.


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Aug. 14th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
ooh, that hell thing sounds pretty interesting actually, and it's not remotely close to my field of study lol
Aug. 14th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Right? The problem I always face at that conference is being torn between the panels I should go to, that are related to my area and will be interesting, and the panels that are not remotely related, but sound particularly good -- like this year I went to a bunch I needed to attend, and then I went to one on revenants in medieval Iceland. As you do...
Aug. 15th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun.
Aug. 15th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Aug. 15th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
i love when academics embrace their nerdiness enough to have sessions on things like hellmouths. it gives me hope for the profession.
Aug. 20th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
:D It's seeming pretty common amongst my cohort and field!
Aug. 20th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Medievalists always WERE cooler than the rest of us. Too bad I never learned Latin and French, or I would so be joining you.
Aug. 21st, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
Aw, you can join us after you get your degree! People move around and pick up extra areas. :) My Latin is still in progress, and French is easy if you have Spanish or any other Romance language. Or you could do Middle English!
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