… the study of the European Middle Ages has denied blacks the right to a shared medieval past that would, in turn, authorize them to share the present that emerges from it. In other words, denying blacks medieval coevalness allows Euro-centric cultures to relegate modern blacks to a strictly modern status in which their history appears to be without the authorizing length and depth available to whites. The denial of medieval coevalness encourages students to ask, ‘Where were the black people in the Middle Ages?’ in a tone that suggests they are not entirely certain whether black people existed at all.

There’s only one thing you need to know about me as a grader. You don’t need to know that I sit there and think about everyone’s responses for days before I assign the final grade. You don’t need to know that I check each problem for uniformity, because it matters to me that everyone is assessed fairly. These things are important, sure, but you should expect this level of attention from all graders, because that’s what the job takes.

No, all you need to know about my grading in particular is this: If you almost get a perfect score and then miss one little thing, I will yell Obi Wan’s ‘You were the chosen one’ monologue from Star Wars. Loudly. Yes, even in public. Especially in public. 

This volume of essays explores the challenges and rewards of teaching medieval and early modern cross-cultural encounters in undergraduate and graduate classrooms.

Medievalists and early modernists have increasingly focused their research on cross-cultural encounters, profoundly transforming stale, inaccurate portrayals of these eras as culturally homogeneous and European. These twelve essays bring this research to bear on our pedagogical practices. Contributors describe their selection and use of historical, literary, and artistic content in teaching cross-cultural encounters, and provide strategies for overcoming the practical and conceptual challenges this material presents.

Collectively traversing disciplinary, periodic, geographic, and linguistic boundaries, essays address topics ranging from the intersections of race, religion, gender, and nation in cross-cultural encounters to the use of popular culture and new media as pedagogical tools.

Crucially, contributors reflect on how medieval and early modern cross-cultural encounters travel through time, accrue new meanings, and continue to shape our actions and thoughts today. [source]

The bolded portion is also a way of describing what MedievalPoC is all about. ;)

In the eighth circle of hell in “Dante’s Inferno,” thieves are punished by a gruesome transformation. They’re pursued by a pit full of monsters. When bitten, the thief and the monster melt into each other like hot wax. They separate eventually, but the monster is now human, and the thief has become a monster. Dante wrote that in all of human history, nobody had ever imagined a more brutal metamorphosis.

Well guys, we did it! We found something worse. Meet “MyIdol.”

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I’m working on a super fun group project about fanwork and I need your help to collect the data! We’re looking for artists, writers, readers, bloggers, and more to tell us about their involvement with fanwork!

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Things I learned my 1st year in Grad School

1. You have a lot of professional/adulting commitments. Like a LOT. And a lot of them no one will know about (unlike grades) so you have to learn to prioritize and be proud of yourself for accomplishing things that are scary/new.

2. You can’t please everyone. Ever. So take time to find out who you are so you can use your ideal self as your guidebook to life.

3. As a professional adult, you are responsible for coming to work with the best, most productive version of yourself, because other people are affected by the manner in which you show up. This means you are responsible for sleeping enough, maintaining physical and mental health, and taking care of your emotional needs in advance so you can perform well in your job.

4. Productivity means different things at different times. Sometimes it means sleep. Sometimes it means mental break. Sometimes it means getting in touch with nature to put things in perspective. Sometimes it means dropping that thing you planned to do because something important came up.

5. Nobody’s perfect. Get in the habit of self-reflecting so that you start noticing the things you did right as well as the things that went a little weird or wrong. You are doing so many things in a day now and answering to so many different people that you’re going to slip up occasionally, but you are also learning as you go how to do things right too :) I love my mentors because they remember what it was like to be in my shoes.

6. Write thank you notes to people who have helped you. Especially those who have donated their time to you.

7. Seek help but also give help to those who come after you.

8. Keep good records and keep them organized. You never know when you might have to prove you worked or followed the rules.

9. Your integrity and reputation in academia are gold. Do not put them at unnecessary risk. Be very careful what you post on social media. The safest thing to do is:

10. Be authentic. Take the hard way if it is authentic to who you are. Even if you think no one will ever find out, it is safest to do what you think is right and to have good intentions, because your choices reflect your character. Make sure to always present your character consistently with the incredible kindness and excellence that is your essence.

Why Science Needs to Publish Negative Results

Article from Elsevier SciTech Connect

“Ignoring the vast information source that is negative results is troublesome in several ways. Firstly, it skews the scientific literature by only including chosen pieces of information. Secondly, it causes a huge waste of time and resources, as other scientists considering the same questions may perform the same experiments.

Furthermore, given that positive results are published, whereas negative data will struggle, it is extremely difficult to correct the scientific record for false positives; controversial studies that conflict with or cannot reproduce previously published studies are seldom given space in peer-reviewed journals.”

I’ve always, always been a huge supporter of publishing negative results. I believe that the public think that science always works because they only ever hear about positive results. This then creates pressure to ‘find something’… that’s not what science is about. Getting no result when you expected one is still just as interesting, and worthwhile, than getting that result. So many questions can stem from null results, and they should get the respect the deserve. 

Of course this is all assuming that the results have been checked properly - perhaps you didn’t get a result because you’ve made a mistake somewhere along the way. This needs to be the first idea (which is should also be for a positive result by the way; if you find something, don’t just accept it, go and double check it), but if it has been checked and nothing went wrong, then it’s worthwhile publishing it.

I for one would be VERY glad to see a new ‘Negative Results in Neuroscience’ journal started.

Go read the full article (link at top of page). 

DEVIANTART: Courting Trouble \(´▽`) ♥

And I’m back with another crossover/AU idea. I can’t stop myself from being so drawn to the Academia pipz. These four are seriously on my top favorite character list now and I’m not sorry for putting them all together. I love Purplemoonshipping and Fianceshipping!   (。・//ε//・。) 

Yes, that’s Judai in what I call a Slifer Corps or Osiris Corps uniform. I totally just came up with it, so bear with my silly little idea and fantasy.  Its design is the same as the Obelisk Force uniform, but the color scheme is red for obvious reasons. Maybe I’ll draw him with a mask on next time…or maybe not…It depends. XD

About the scenario here… Let’s just say that Yuri’s dark humor and polite sarcasm get on Serena’s nerves almost all the time. It’s my personal headcanon that he loves teasing the girl he likes to get her attention. Although sharp and willful, Serena is quite oblivious to Yuri’s feelings. Judai and Asuka know what’s up and couldn’t help but look after these two.  (>y<)♥

Because women are just too flipping subjective and they can’t do data.

A peer reviewer’s suggestion that two female researchers find “one or two male biologists” to co-author and help them strengthen a manuscript they had written and submitted to a journal has unleashed an avalanche of disbelief and disgust on Twitter today – and prompted an apology from the journal’s publisher.

Evolutionary geneticist Fiona Ingleby was shocked when she read the review accompanying the rejection for her latest manuscript, which investigates gender differences in the Ph.D.-to-postdoc transition, so she took the issue to Twitter.

Earlier today, Ingleby, a postdoc at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, posted two excerpts of the anonymous review. “It would probably … be beneficial to find one or two male biologists to work with (or at least obtain internal peer review from, but better yet as active co-authors)” to prevent the manuscript from “drifting too far away from empirical evidence into ideologically biased assumptions,” the reviewer wrote in one portion.

Source and rest: Updated: Sexist peer review elicits furious Twitter response, PLOS apology: Science/AAAS

(Excerpt etc first posted on feimineach.com. Orig. attribution above.)