Saturday, September 14, 2013

Welcome (back) to the MSCU!

Hello medievalists!
And welcome back to another year of engaging studies, camaraderie, heated arguments, and modern medievalism with UVic Medieval Studies and your MSCU! We're very excited to meet (and catch up with) members new and old. Whether you're a major, minor, or taking even one course, a seasoned scholar or just simply can't help pointing out the errors in medieval films, we're the course union for you!

We already have a great slate of events in mind for this year, but we want to hear what you'd like to see from the MSCU this year! Come on out to our Annual Course Union Conclave (some people might call it an "AGM") at 4:30 on Tuesday 17th Sept. in CLE C115  to meet other students and connect with resources in your department, plan the year, and elect an executive for 2013-2014! We are looking to elect a new Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Communications, and are welcoming any number of Directors-at-Large!
If you cannot make the meeting, and would like to have input or join the exec, please e-mail us at If you have not already done so, you can follow the MSCU on Facebook and Twitter, where we post frequently about events and medieval humour! You can find a list of upcoming events at the bottom of this post!
Hope to see you all this Tuesday! (Did we mention the free pizza?)
- your MSCU Exec

So, what's coming up for the MSCU?

-- We are hoping to have a Mead and Greet social and a Medieval Movie Night in the next few weeks - times TBA.
-- Sept. 24th at 2:30, the department and library are hoping to offer a free hour-long introductory tour of medieval resources, primary sources and research aids available through the libraries and an intro to interacting with medieval databases and special collections artifacts.  This is open to all MEDI and MEDI-related students; please let us know if you would like to take part.
-- Starting Oct. 1, the department will be offering Mardinalia, a free and casual seminar in medievalist research methods, essay writing technique, and academia, and translation sessions in Medieval Latin, open to all levels (no Latin or research experience required!). They are tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays at 2:30, and will build towards our Interdisciplinary Conference in second term!
-- The Medieval Studies department has a work-study position available to work on the Medieval Map project. Some research and technical experience required, but students will be given a chance to add their own interests to the communal project. If you're interested, contact for more information.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hello, salvete, dia dhuit!

Fellow UVic Medievalists, the time has come again, the hour when we must once more take up our pens and our books and the mighty power of the conjugation dictionary, and do battle with the forces of historical ambiguities, Latin grammar and mild public ignorance of our subject! Or drink tea and watch Game of Thrones condescendingly and with not a small amount of guilty pleasure.

Either way, term has begun again! And so, from the entire UVic Medieval Studies Course Union, a hearty welcome back!

We're looking forward to a great year with lots of great events, the first being Clubs Days on Sept 11-12 from 10am-4pm. Come by and check out our booth, say hi, pick up one of our fancy new flyers, and chat with other UVic students about the Middle Ages and UVic Medieval Studies! We're also always looking for volunteers to help man the table for an hour here or there; we'll also be in your classes with sign-up lists for the e-mail list, so if your e-mail has changed come talk to us.

Our Fall Court/Alþingi/Parliament/Conclave and Knighthood Ceremony ("AGM" and "elections") will be at 4:00 on Tuesday the 17th in Clearihue C115 to knight and swear fealty to elect a new Club Exec, and we are looking for new Directors-at-large, a Treasurer, Secretary and a Director of Events! Come out and get involved in planning exciting events and in shaping the future of your department and course union!


Hope to see you all there!

All the best,

UVic MSCU exec

Suggestions and feedback are always welcome, you can contact us at, at and on Twitter! Events planned for this year include Mead and Greets, Board Game and Movie Nights, Seminariums in Medieval Latin and Research skills, and a Student Conference!