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The following two videos include the morning and afternoon sessions of the New England Medieval Consortium’s 2021 Conference, “Teaching the Middle Ages: Pandemic Lessons and Post-Pandemic Pedagogy.” These videos focus on lessons learned during what might be called "the long 2020", a period marked by extraordinary disruptions and difficulties but also by extraordinary resilience and creativity on the part of teachers and students of Medieval Studies.
Watch a video interview about creating story maps that will help us understand anti-pollution measures in medieval Paris.
An educational interview with Chance Bonar (PhD cand., Harvard) on the ancient Christian text Shepherd of Hermas.
View a video comparing hip-hop music and Malory's tale of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, along with generous visual references to Monty Python.
View a video lecture discussing the case of Jean de Carrouges versus Jacques Le Gris, a lawsuit that occurred in Paris in 1386. It’s the subject of the book The Last Duel by Eric Jager, and also of the upcoming movie The Last Duel directed by Ridley Scott.
View a video comparing two retellings of the story of Orpheus, the medieval romance poem "Sir Orfeo" alongside the 2019 French historical romance film Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Video by Rachel Linn Shields.
View a video exploring the history of a monastic archive and its holdings.
Here are some preliminary ideas and questions that will help connect students with videos and other materials on this topic.
"How does plague impact people who don't get sick?"One valuable aim is to get students discussing plague and pandemic…
View a video comparing Chaucer's Clerk's Tale and Sita's Ramayana, offered by Moira Fitzgibbons.
These videos describe and demonstrate the use of digital resources that will aid researchers and teachers as they understand and describe geography and its social impacts in the middle ages. Many of the tools and concepts may be useful to scholars of late antiquity and global medievalism as well.
Closed captioning is provided.
This video highlights ideas about teaching an exemplum from an early 14th century Middle English text in tandem with a 1950s American Horror comic.
This video offers an introduction to Talis Elevate (https://talis.com/talis-elevate/), a digital resource annotation tool used in the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln (UK) since September 2018. Talis Elevate was initially used to foreground students' online reading practices outside class (to support collaboration, preparation and assessment), but since the pandemic it has been used in a variety of different ways across the curriculum. Talis's developers are now exploring the broader pedagogic implications of our use of this tool under the rubric 'active online reading' and welcome input from other users of Talis Elevate and similar resource annotation tools.
This lesson plan examines women’s literary authority in Christine de Pizan’s 15th-century treatise and in Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir.
Video by Moira Fitzgibbons
In this video three historians of gender and sexuality examine the legal case of Rolandina Ronchaia, a transwoman in mid-fourteenth century Venice,
A blog with stories (and artistic interpretations) of women around the world who lived in the year 1000.
Explains how to use Digital Mappa to annotated manuscripts for student use, or with students. The tool allows for extensive (linked) background information and cross-referencing within projects, which are also demonstrated in the video.
This video gives tips and ideas on teaching medieval courses online.
In this video, two historians discuss the history of chronicle writing in medieval Italy, in both the Latin and vernacular traditions.
This video introduces letters to and from Heloise, a 12th-century abbess in France, discussing, among other matters, her efforts to get her son a better job.