Medievalists Should Talk About Game of Thrones

Should the fact that Game of Thrones is not set in the Middle Ages in a specific historical way stop medievalists talking about it? In a blog post yesterday, Philippa Byrne argued that, if medievalists do, they run the risk of making medieval history "'ornamental', relegating it to the status of fantasy". Talking about whether… Continue reading Medievalists Should Talk About Game of Thrones

“Scientism” and Ways Forward

I've been meaning to write a little something on Steven Pinker's recent controversial comments about science and the humanities, because they raise some interesting issues about intellectual politics and methodology. The Argument Itself Pinker, a psychologist at Harvard, wound up a number of people with an essay in The New Statesman, called 'Science is not… Continue reading “Scientism” and Ways Forward