I recently attended my first ever Kalamazoo. This is not a strange musical instrument, or a kind of olive. It is an annual gathering of 3,000 medieval historians, which takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University, USA. The breadth of scholarship on offer is legendary – as are the seediness of the campus accommodation, and the scariness of the dancing at the Saturday night disco. You can watch a video of my conference presentation on vernacular astronomy here.
I recently returned from the International Congress on Medieval Studies. It’s held every year at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo (USA), and this year was the 50th congress. 3000 medievalists met to discuss everything from Viking archaeology to Middle English poetry – and of course there was a mead and ale tasting. I’ll put together some tweets from the congress in a future post. For now, here’s a recording (with PowerPoint slides) of my presentation at the