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 firstname.lastname@example.org (or
email@example.com), not to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annotations for some of the networks appear in the paragraphs below
NETWORK: LISTSERVER ADDRESS: SUBJECT AREA:
AARHMS-L email@example.com Academy of Historians
of Medieval Spain
ANSAX-L firstname.lastname@example.org Anglo-Saxon Studies
ARTHURNET email@example.com Arthurian Studies
BMMR-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Book Reviews
CHAUCER email@example.com Chaucer and Medieval Lit.
DEREMI-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Military History
EARLYM-L email@example.com Early Music
EARLYMEDNET-L firstname.lastname@example.org Early Medieval Studies
EMEDCH-L email@example.com Early Medieval Chinese
GERLINGL firstname.lastname@example.org Older Germanic Languages
email@example.com (to 1500)
HEL-L firstname.lastname@example.org History of the English
INTERSCRIPTA email@example.com Directed Medieval
MDVLPHIL firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Philosophy and
email@example.com Political Thought
MEDART-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Art
MEDFEM-L email@example.com Medieval Feminist Studies
MEDGER-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval German Studies
MEDGAY-L email@example.com Medieval Gay Studies
MEDIBER firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Iberian Studies
MEDIEV-L email@example.com Medieval History
MEDIEVALE firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval History (in French)
MEDIEVAL-RELIGION email@example.com Medieval Religion
MEDLITERACY-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Literacy
MEDSCI-L email@example.com Medieval Science
MEDTEXTL firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Languages & Lit.
NUMISM-L email@example.com Medieval (& Ancient)
OLDNORSENET firstname.lastname@example.org Old Norse Studies
PERFORM email@example.com Medieval Performing Arts
SIEGE firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Medieval & Classical Book
BYZANS-L firstname.lastname@example.org Byzantine Studies
CELTIC-L email@example.com Celtic Studies
CUSCA-L firstname.lastname@example.org Society for Creative Anachronism
ESPORA-L email@example.com Spanish and Portuguese
firstname.lastname@example.org Historical Studies
FICINO email@example.com Renaissance Studies
FRANCEHS firstname.lastname@example.org French Historical Studies
GAELIC-L email@example.com Gaelic Studies
GRMNHIST firstname.lastname@example.org German Historical Studies
email@example.com (from 800 a.d.)
HUMANIST firstname.lastname@example.org Studies in the Humanities
LATIN-L email@example.com Latin Language & Studies
LT-ANTIQ firstname.lastname@example.org Studies in Late
MAPHIST email@example.com Map History Studies
MYSTIC-L firstname.lastname@example.org Studies in Mysticism
PHILOSOP email@example.com Studies in Philosophy
REED-L firstname.lastname@example.org Records of Early English
email@example.com Drama & Related Topics
RENAIS-L firstname.lastname@example.org Renaissance History
SHAKSPER email@example.com Shakespeare Studies
WELSH-L firstname.lastname@example.org 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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