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  • Any of our own links – to parts of the Forum site – that lead to the “Easy, tiger…” message
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Websites that ought to be listed here
  • News about job and research openings
  • Ideas for discussion topics
  • Suggestions of new books for reviews – as well as films, plays, poems, exhibitions, concerts, and other performances

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Information on the site is as provided by advertisers, although the Administratrix does a certain amount of checking and cross-checking, but within the limits of time available, dans la mesure du possible. Please do bear in mind that she is a full-time lecturer at one university (in a field with a heavy teaching load) and attached to another; has to fit research in somewhere along the way, research that involves a lot of reading – time-consuming – before one may even start to consider thinking and writing; and, of course, like anyone elese (most females, anyway…) has to dedicate some part of her week to the basics of everyday life (food-shopping, cleaning, cooking, eating, at least 6 hours’ sleep) – let alone some semblance of a minimally human existence.

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Forthcoming events and activities:
We depend on you for keeping us updated about Medieval and Renaissance events and activities around Ireland.

If you are planning an event and would like information on it to be posted here, we will duly update this main EVENTS page. The information you provide will also first be cross-posted as a full entry in NEWS & UPDATES (to enable its archiving and ability to be searched for). Where possible, we will of course err on the side of cautious multiple cross-posting.

“Events” is used in the loosest sense to include all manner of Medieval and Renaissance events and activities: talks, lectures, conferences, conference calls for papers, colloquia, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, concerts, performances, readings, re-enactments, discussions, links to radio and televised broadcast appearances, other calls for papers (for journals and books), new publications, notices, announcements (such as funding advertisements and awards), … and indeed any other Medieval and Renaissance news you might wish to share with the Forum.
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Websites that ought to be listed here:
Please bear in mind that the links listing on the right-hand side of this site is for sites providing useful information that is PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE ONLINE AND FREE This does not exclude sites with which one must first register before gaining access. It does, however, exclude many useful electronic publications that are very far from free (I am thinking here in particular of a certain publisher whose name starts with the second letter of the alphabet). Links to such sites will appear on the RESOURCES page (under long-term construction).

GENERAL USEFUL LINKS: Not necessarily Medieval and Renaissance: ex. W3C, Project Gutenberg.

IRELAND: GENERAL RESOURCES = mainly state and European-level bodies, libraries, archives, heritage, and public records offices

IRELAND: GUILDS & CONFRATERNITIES = unions, union congresses, professional organizations and bodies, and research councils

IRELAND: MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE RESOURCES =  All aspects of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland: institutes and centres, research projects, scholarly societies, organizations, sites, metasites, and including links/resources pages for postgraduate programme websites

MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE HYPERPROJECTS (WORLDWIDE) = Medieval and Renaissance digital humanities / electronic / hypertext research projects online, in the rest of the world. Mainly projects using the TEI encoding scheme (ex. CELT here in Ireland), marked-up text, and relational databases. May well be of rather a narrow focus (ex. the Princeton Charrette Project). All are FREE AND OPENLY/PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE – even if one may need to sign up to get a password. Includes such projects that are based in Ireland, and which also appear in IRELAND: MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE RESOURCES

MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE MATERIAL SOURCES (WORLDWIDE) = Primary materials. Primarily, freely-available online texts, in the broadest sense of WRITTEN THINGS: documents, manuscripts, printed books, music, and images; transcriptions, facsimiles, editions, and translations; hyperprojects that also come under MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE HYPERPROJECTS: digital humanities, electronic, hypertext projects; featuring encoded or marked-up text, relational or searchable databases, …; and digital catalogues (especially of manuscripts). Some of the bigger sites and metasites linking to texts online have also been included here, for practical purposes.

MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE RESOURCES (WORLDWIDE) = Sites and meta-sites in the rest of the world providing FREE AND OPENLY/PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE online information about Medieval and Renaissance studies (ex. the ORB). Includes HYPERPROJECTS above.

As for the RESOURCES page, it should be emphasized that this part of the FMRSI is NOT a venue for the simple free advertising of individuals or institutions via their websites: rather, this part of the Forum is concerned with the collection and communication of informative content.
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