Medieval Scholars and Their Medieval Mentality

Yes, I also hate it when the word “Medieval” is used as a derogatory term, but this email just begs for that:

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: call for papers
From:    [name and email redacted to protect the less innocent]
Date:    Wed, January 2, 2013 20:56


in december will be organized at the University of Urbino an international
conference about medieval filologies, in attachment you will find the call
for papers.

Yours sincerely.

This was probably translated from Italian in a really careless way. It might even be the work of our old friend GT. 🙂

Italian academics have a worse reputation for machismo than even their Spanish colleagues.

6 thoughts on “Medieval Scholars and Their Medieval Mentality”

  1. I think GT is a likely option. Just tried to translate “signore e signori” (ladies and gentlemen) from Italian to English and it turns out, GT does not recognise “signore” as a plural of “signora”, but returns a masculine singular, so this turns into “Lord and gentlement”. LOL. 🙂


  2. Isn’t ‘mediaeval’ the preferred spelling, since our typewriters (and other devices) for some years have lacked the letter ‘æ’ and so it is transliterated as ‘ae’?


  3. “Medieval Scholars and Their Medieval Mentality”

    Sometimes I wonder about that too. The Anchoritic Society is a group of medieval scholars who focus on anchorites who were almost entirely women. The president of the society and most of the key officiers are women. So quess what the topics of a recent conference of anchorophiles was about? Here are the titles of some of the papers.

    Karen Cheatham (Univ. of Puget Sound/Univ. of Toronto): ‘The Trouble with Virgins: Bernard of Clairvaux and His Promotion of Chaste

    Jon Porter (Butler University): ‘Robert of Arbrissel and Male Chastity’

    Susannah Mary Chewning (Union County College): ‘Behind Closed Doors: Male Anchoritic Chastity’


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.