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 you are sending a message for the other subscribers to read, don't send it 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, not to email@example.com.
Annotations for some of the networks appear in the paragraphs below the list.
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 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 (300-700 a.d.) EMEDCH-L email@example.com Early Medieval Chinese Studies ENGLISC firstname.lastname@example.org Composition in Old English (in Old English) GERLINGL email@example.com Older Germanic Languages (to 1500) HEL-L firstname.lastname@example.org History of the English Language INTERSCRIPTA email@example.com Directed Medieval Discussions MDVLFOLK firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Folklore Studies MDVLPHIL email@example.com Medieval Philosophy and (web: http//www.egroups.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 MEDIAEVISTIK firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval German Studies (in German) 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 and Literature NUMISM-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval (& Ancient) Numismatics OLD-IRISH email@example.com Old (& Middle) Irish Philology & Literature OLDNORSENET firstname.lastname@example.org Old Norse Studies PIERS email@example.com Piers Plowman Studies PERFORM firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval Performing Arts ROBINHOOD-L Majordomo@galileo.cc.rochester.edu Robin Hood Studies SIEGE email@example.com Medieval Siege Weaponry TEACHMEDLIT-L firstname.lastname@example.org Teaching Medieval Literature TMR-L email@example.com Medieval Book Reviews
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.
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 its discussions.
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.
ENGLISC is a moderated, discussion group dedicated to composition in Old English. That does NOT mean all postings need be in the ealde spraec, but can be in modern English so long as they focus on the how to's of composing in Old English.
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 like Ansax-l.
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.
MEDIAEVISTIK is a new discussion group devoted to medieval German texts and culture. Postings are all in German. For more information, consult the Mediaevistik home page at http://www.uni-bayreuth.de/departments/aedph/mediaevistik.htm
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 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.
Because it uses a mailbase listserver, the command for joining it is
join medieval-religion firstname lastname
(where firstname is your firstname, etc.) Its archives may be accessed at the Mailbase Web Page (http://mailbase.ac.uk).
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 postings.
TMR-L, the Medieval Review (formerly known as BMMR, 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.
BMR-L firstname.lastname@example.org Medieval & Classical Book Reviews BYZANS-L email@example.com Byzantine Studies CELTIC-L firstname.lastname@example.org Celtic Studies CUSCA-L email@example.com Society of Creative Anachronism Medieval Reconstructionists ESPORA-L firstname.lastname@example.org Spanish and Portuguese 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 (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 Antiquity 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 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 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 Medieval Review.
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