MEDIEVAL ACADEMIC DISCUSSION GROUPS
by Edwin Duncan
Here is a listing of medieval academic discussion groups you may
want to join along with the addresses of the listservers that carry
them. Remember that if your telecommunications system is on Bitnet,
use the address that has bitnet at the end. If it's on Internet,
then use the other address. If it's on both, then use either one.
Also remember that if you are sending messages for the other
subscribers to read, don't send them to the listserver but to the
name of the network followed by the node address for the listserver.
Thus, once you've already joined Ansax-l and want to send a message
to its members, you will address it to email@example.com (or
firstname.lastname@example.org), not to email@example.com.
Annotations for some of the networks appear in the paragraphs below
NETWORK: LISTSERVER ADDRESS: SUBJECT AREA:
AARHMS-L firstname.lastname@example.org Academy of Historians
of Medieval Spain
ANSAX-L email@example.com Anglo-Saxon Studies
ARTHURNET firstname.lastname@example.org Arthurian Studies
BMMR-L email@example.com Medieval Book Reviews
CHAUCER firstname.lastname@example.org Chaucer and Medieval Lit.
DEREMI-L email@example.com Medieval Military History
EARLYM-L firstname.lastname@example.org Early Music
EARLYMEDNET-L email@example.com Early Medieval Studies
EMEDCH-L firstname.lastname@example.org Early Medieval Chinese
GERLINGL email@example.com Older Germanic Languages
firstname.lastname@example.org (to 1500)
HEL-L email@example.com History of the English
INTERSCRIPTA firstname.lastname@example.org Directed Medieval
MDVLPHIL email@example.com Medieval Philosophy and
firstname.lastname@example.org Political Thought
MEDART-L email@example.com Medieval Art
MEDFEM-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Feminist Studies
MEDGER-L email@example.com Medieval German Studies
MEDGAY-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Gay Studies
MEDIBER email@example.com Medieval Iberian Studies
MEDIEV-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval History
MEDIEVALE email@example.com Medieval History (in French)
MEDIEVAL-RELIGION firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Religion
MEDLITERACY-L email@example.com Medieval Literacy
MEDSCI-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Science
MEDTEXTL email@example.com Medieval Languages & Lit.
NUMISM-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval (& Ancient)
OLDNORSENET email@example.com Old Norse Studies
PERFORM firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Performing Arts
SIEGE email@example.com Medieval Siege Weaponry
ANSAX-L is the discussion group for ANSAXNET, the Anglo-Saxon
Network. It has over 600 members from fifteen or twenty different
countries and, as one would expect from such a large membership, has
a fairly high volume of mail. Discussions cover not only Old English
language and literature, but also Anglo-Saxon archeology, history,
philosophy, and the arts. As with other networks, one also runs
across calls for papers, job listings, announcements of new
journals, new computer services, and the like.
ARTHURNET, a network devoted to all subjects relating to King Arthur
and the knights of the round table, has apparently replaced an older
and less successful one called CAMELOT, an English network.
BMMR-L, the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review, is, as its name implies,
devoted to the review of books on medieval topics. Members are not
only automatically sent reviews of new books as they become
available but may also retrieve older reviews from the archives.
They may also contribute their own reviews to the network.
CHAUCER, the discussion group for Chaucernet, is, like Ansaxnet,
consistently active in terms of mail. It generally confines itself
to Chaucer studies, although related fourteenth-century works such
as Piers Plowman and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight also get
discussed here. Some of the pedagogical discussions on this network
can be especially helpful.
EARLYMEDNET-L, a new discussion group for early medieval studies, is
relatively inactive. At least in the initial stages of its
existence, it has seemed to have more of an archeological bent to
EARLYM-L, a discussion group for those interested in early music, is
a relatively high-volume network with postings from musicians both
inside and outside academe.
GERLINGL, a discussion group for older Germanic language studies, is
a low-volume group, but some good information is presented on it
from time to time. If one has interests in this area, then one may
wish to subscribe to it in addition to a related higher volume group
HEL-L, a discussion group devoted to studies in the history of the
English language, is primarily but not exclusively pedagogical.
Postings are infrequent with bursts of activity (i.e., 3-6 messages
per day) followed by periods of relative silence.
MDVLPHIL, devoted to medieval philosophy and socio-political issues,
does not have many postings.
MEDFEM-L is a fairly high-volume discussion group which covers a
wide range of issues related to medieval feminist studies.
MEDGER-L is a very low volume discussion group for medieval German
studies on all topics besides linguistics. Messages here are
typically few and far between.
MEDIBER is a discussion group devoted to medieval Iberian
literatures, languages, histories, and cultures. It is fairly
active. Many of its postings are in Spanish.
MEDIEVALE is a new medieval history network from Canada whose
postings are all in French.
MEDIEVAL-RELIGION is a forum for discussions related to religious
life and thought in Europe from late antiquity to the early modern
period. Its archives may be accessed at the Mailbase Web Page
MEDTEXTL, the discussion group for medieval languages and
literature, also has a large number of messages. In contrast to
ANSAX-L and CHAUCER, it has more postings for continental languages,
literature, and the arts, and perhaps for that reason has a rule
that any postings or quotations in any language other than English
include translations along with the originals. This can be a real
help for, say, a Germanic scholar trying to follow a conversation
quoting medieval Italian or for a Romanticist trying to decipher
something from Old Norse.
OLDNORSENET is a discussion group devoted to Old Norse history,
literature, and philology. It does not have a high volume of
RELATED ACADEMIC DISCUSSION GROUPS
BMR-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval & Classical Book
BYZANS-L email@example.com Byzantine Studies
CELTIC-L firstname.lastname@example.org Celtic Studies
CUSCA-L email@example.com Society for Creative Anachronism
ESPORA-L firstname.lastname@example.org Spanish and Portuguese
email@example.com Historical Studies
FICINO firstname.lastname@example.org Renaissance Studies
FRANCEHS email@example.com French Historical Studies
GAELIC-L firstname.lastname@example.org Gaelic Studies
GRMNHIST email@example.com German Historical Studies
firstname.lastname@example.org (from 800 a.d.)
HUMANIST email@example.com Studies in the Humanities
LATIN-L firstname.lastname@example.org Latin Language & Studies
LT-ANTIQ email@example.com Studies in Late
MAPHIST firstname.lastname@example.org Map History Studies
MYSTIC-L email@example.com Studies in Mysticism
PHILOSOP firstname.lastname@example.org Studies in Philosophy
REED-L email@example.com Records of Early English
firstname.lastname@example.org Drama & Related Topics
RENAIS-L email@example.com Renaissance History
SHAKSPER firstname.lastname@example.org Shakespeare Studies
WELSH-L email@example.com Welsh Language & Studies
Of these related discussion groups, perhaps the one of most general
interest would be the first one, Humanist. Devoted to studies in the
humanities, Humanist is a little different from the others in that
its editors screen the messages and then group them by topic before
sending them out. Thus, if you belong to Humanist, you may not get
any mail at all for a few days, and then go in and find ten or
fifteen messages at once. So even though Humanist has over a
thousand members, its volume is not as high as Ansax-l, Chaucer, or
Medtextl, but because its postings are screened, the quality of the
messages is generally high.
I will give no additional explanation of the other groups listed
here except to say that the last one, BMR-L, is the Bryn Mawr
Medieval Review combined with the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. So if
you are a classicist as well as a medievalist, you might prefer to
subscribe to this network rather than just the Bryn Mawr Medieval
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