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Yvonne Seale
Iowa City, IA
I'm a graduate student in medieval history at the University of Iowa.
Interests: medieval history, history, archaeology, women's history
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It is! And yet somehow they're letting me in anyway ;) Thank you so much, Noaquia! I hope that the beginning of the semester is treating you well.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2013 on La Rentrée at Furta Sacra
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A return to Paris, though at the moment I'm working at a place that's new to me—the Bibliothèque de l'École nationale des chartes. It's terrifically atmospheric, with that delicious smell of old books and every floorboard creaking underfoot. I could do without that climb all the way up to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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This was a conference of firsts—my first time in Stirling, and my first time to leave Scotland with a tan (or at least as much of a tan as someone of my usual pallor can achieve)! The heat was certainly a lot to take. While highs of 27 or 28C... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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We had an alum visit last week, Chris Schabel (University of Cyprus), though I'm only getting around to writing about it now because it's the last (teaching) week of the semester and sleep is becoming a precious commodity! Professor Schabel has spent the past several years working (and publishing extensively... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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You know, this was probably the first lecture I've been to which has asked me to pay particularly close attention to artistic representations of Christ's nipples! Or which included the phrase "transgressive sado-erotic response to sacred nudity." Art historians clearly have all the fun! Prof. Sherry Lindquist's lecture, "The Rhetoric... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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Crossposted from my HASTAC blog; you can find my original post here at the HASTAC site. I attended a very thought-provoking installment of the University of Iowa's PDH4L lecture series yesterday, entitled “Escaping the Shallows: Deep Reading’s Revival in the Digital Age”, given by Professor David Dowling of the School... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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We're at that point in the semester when grading is making caffeine less a luxury and more a necessity, but when there also seems to be more and more to do on campus. I suppose in large part that's because now that the Iowan winter is finally in retreat, it's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Furta Sacra
Crossposted from my HASTAC blog; you can find my original post here at the HASTAC site. Yesterday's University of Iowa Digital Studio for Public Humanities lunchtime talk, "Iowa on World Map", was given by Professor Colin Gordon of the Department of History. Professor Gordon provided an overview of WorldMap, an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Furta Sacra
Crossposted from my HASTAC blog; you can find my original post here at the HASTAC site. On February 23, the University of Iowa was host to Rewiring the Classroom, a symposium which focused on critical applications of digital technologies in undergraduate classrooms. My fellow University of Iowa HASTAC scholars (Audrey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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"Spring Break" doesn't mean the same thing for graduate students as it does for undergrads—my students are off enjoying the sun in parts south, while I'm shivering through an Iowan March as I face down a pile of grading and what feels like an equally large "to do" pile. Part... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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Crossposted from my HASTAC blog; you can find my original post here at the HASTAC site. The University of Iowa's Digital Studio for Public Humanities' lunchtime talk series continued this past Thursday with a thought-provoking journey through some recent trends in the interactions between digital and memorial culture, ably conducted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2013 at Furta Sacra
(Originally published in The Daily Iowan, February 13 2013) One day when I was five years old, my teacher led my class across the playground to look at our school's latest acquisition: a computer. It was the first time I'd seen a computer, and it was strictly a look-don't-touch scenario.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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The European Studies Group here at Iowa normally trends towards modern history, so its talks and seminars often put me outside of my historical comfort zone ("out of my historical comfort zone" being defined as "it happened after 1400"). Friday's talk was given by one of our medievalist contingent—Denise Filios,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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Next month, the University of Iowa will host "Rewiring the Classroom", a forum on digital pedagogy for the college classroom. I'm really excited to have been able to help put this forum together (with the able assistance of my fellow HASTAC scholars, Audrey and Craig, of course)—there's a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Furta Sacra
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It's been something of an Anglo-Saxon long weekend here at the University of Iowa! On Friday, of course, we had Hilary Fox's lecture on mental illness in Old English literature; yesterday, it was the turn of Stacy Klein (Rutgers), who gave a talk entitled "The Militancy of Gender and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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Yesterday we had our second IFGM lecture of this semester, with Hilary Fox of the University of Chicago. While the transportation gods once more weren't smiling on us—rush hour traffic and construction work—at least this time they conspired against us the night before the event, and not the day of,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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Crossposted from my HASTAC blog; you can find my original post here at the HASTAC site. I've just read this fascinating short article on TIME's website, A Vibrant Past: Colorizing the Archives of History. The magazine commissioned an artist to digitally colorise surviving photographs from Abraham Lincoln's presidency. The results... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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Crossposted from my HASTAC blog; you can find my original post here at the HASTAC site. The University of Iowa Libraries have recently launched a new project called DIY History—a project which asks the interested general public to participate in the process of transcribing some of their Special Collections holdings.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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On Wednesday afternoon, the Iowa Forum for Graduate Medievalists was host to its first guest lecturer—which meant that I, as the IFGM's current president, was getting something of a crash course in all the practicalities involved in being a host, too. For once, technology didn't fail on our end (the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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On October 13, I was back in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol, this time to hear a talk given by Jim Leach, a former Representative for Iowa in the U.S. Congress, and the current chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities. Leach spoke about the importance of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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For the past two days, the Old Capitol here has been host to A World of Citizens: Women, History, and the Vision of Linda K. Kerber: a symposium in honour of Professor Linda Kerber, who has retired this year from the University of Iowa's Department of History. While my areas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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The Graduate History Society is is an official University of Iowa student organization which represents all graduate students in the history department. I'm one of its officers for the 2012-13 academic year, and have helped to update our web presence a little bit. We have a fresh new website, at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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I'm really pleased to be one of this year's HASTAC (Humanities, Art, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) Scholars at the University of Iowa, working in conjunction with UI's Digital Studio for Public Humanities and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. HASTAC is a digital initiative, an online community of scholars... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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I'm now about a quarter of the way through my stay in France, carrying out preliminary research for my dissertation and regaining as much as I can of my somewhat atrophied spoken French (reading a language is such a different matter from speaking it!). It's not been entirely without its... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at Furta Sacra
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Yesterday I attended the 14th Medieval Dublin Symposium—the first one I've been able to attend in a while, and indeed the first time I've set foot on Trinity's campus in a little over two years, thanks to last summer's trip to Africa. I think that's the longest I've gone without... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Furta Sacra