This last weekend was the “International Congress of Medieval Studies” at the University of Michigan in Kalamazoo, MI, most commonly just called “Kalamazoo”. Every medievalist that wants to be taken seriously in the academic world needs to attend/present there.
If you hit their official hashtag on twitter (yes, medievalists are actually quite active on twitter), you can get an idea of the conference and the kinds of learning opportunities there are there – https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kzoo2017?src=hash
Go here for more information about this past Kalamazoo conference
For publications from the Medieval Institute: https://wmich.edu/medievalpublications/all-titles
Why am I telling all of you about this? Because if you are interested in medieval “stuff” this is a thing that you should be aware of and, if you are academically minded, you should consider making it one of your goals to present there. It is also a wonderful resource for information in the medievalist community.
I’m also telling you about this because it should be something that is on your radar if you are a medievalist. Here is where you can keep up to date with your research and discover avenues of research that you may not have been aware of. Now, I’m speaking to amateur researchers here, as researchers affiliated with universities, etc. have these kinds of resources immediately at their disposal.
I’m also sharing this because I have always diminished my own work and never seriously considered attending Kalamazoo or presenting at Kalamazoo because I was (and am) afraid that I’m not good enough or that people would think that I was out of place. It’s time that I stop being afraid and move forward. So, to set some realistic goals for myself, I would like to attend the 2018 Kalamazoo conference with the intent to present in 2019. The work that I’m doing right now that I’m the happiest with is the research into Richard II’s court and placing Forme of Cury into proper historical context. I have no idea how I’m going to make this happen, but it’ll be a good ride.
If you are new to the idea of Kalamazoo or are also a little afraid of attending as an amateur or independent researcher, is this something that you would like to do with me? We can meet up, hold hands, and keep each other company so it’s a little less scary. What do you think?
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