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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 12

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on May 24th, 2007

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11
Within seconds of taking the floor, my partner Sally, a middle-aged medievalist from a third-tier state university in North Dakota, had proven herself to be the second best dancer at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and in so doing she leapt […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 11

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on May 16th, 2007

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
Only well fortified by brandy could I confront the Saturday night festivities at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, an unsightly spectacle of several thousand medievalists engaged in a frenzied and arrhythmic St. Vitus, a spastic explosion of flailing limbs and jerking heads […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 10

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on May 8th, 2007

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9
I must now confess that I had never been to a medievalist dance.
In my younger days, at Patrice Lumumba in Moscow, I had attended more than my share of student dances, events which began with great pronouncements of international revolutionary brotherhood, but ended in […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 9

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on May 7th, 2007

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
As I had predicted, my presentation was a rousing success. But then, academics are like swine. As long as the farmer with the slop-bucket seems confident of himself they’ll happily eat up any sort of swill and grunt for seconds. Thirds if the farmer […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 8

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on May 4th, 2007

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7
Finally, Saturday afternoon, the date set for the delivery of my paper, arrived. Still feeling the baleful effects of too much karoke and too many Schlitz, I found my way to the conference room, where a small group was already gathered.
“Ah, you must be Professor von […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 7

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 23rd, 2007

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
I still don’t remember exactly how I made it back from the Tick-Tock to my tiny bunk in my shabby domitory room on the campus of Western Michigan University.
The last event I can recall clearly is admirably holding up my end of a Karaoke duet of Meatloaf’s […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 5

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 20th, 2007

Parts 1, 2, 3, & 4.
Since the presentation of my opus, “Cultural Semiotics, Semi(n)ology and Semiotics: scientia omnis aut est de signis aut de rebus significatis: Text, Textuality and Semiosis”, would not take place until Saturday afternoon, I abandoned the second Friday afternoon session, a tedious discussion of Carolingian numismatics I had wrongly thought would […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 4

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 17th, 2007

The first part of this story may be found here, the second part here, and the third part here.
Coffee in hand, I fled the cafeteria and found my way to the first session of the morning.
I had selected it whimsically, based solely upon the fact that all three papers being presented had misused quotations […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 3

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 15th, 2007

The first part of this story may be found here, and the second part here.
On my first morning in America, I emerged into the Midwestern daylight and was immediately engulfed by the International Congress on Medieval Studies, like a German sunbather in a tsunami, swept up in a roiling mass of 5,000 screechingly insecure academics.
I […]

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Von Korncrake in Kalamazoo, Part 2

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 13th, 2007

The first part of this story may be found here.
After a lengthy flight from Frankfurt to Michigan, with a change to a regional carrier in Detroit, I arrived in Kalamazoo jet-lagged and exhausted, but happy.
I had with me three copies of my paper, one in my suitcase, the second in my briefcase, and […]

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