Not a Harry Potter Joke; or, My New Project

Welcome! If you’re reading this, you may know me from my fandom blogs (here and here), or from Twitter (here), or, less likely, from Facebook (here), or via the Medical Heritage Library (here, herehere, and here).

I’ve written about a lot of things online: the history of spiritualism in America, the wonders of Doctor Who, E.E. Southard and the development of “psychological social service,” why Supernatural is fun no matter what, and so on and so forth. What I’ve written about less are my real intellectual loves: the history of nationalism, Irish history, and cultural history. Yes, posts on Doctor Who kind of count in that — and I imagine there might be one or two on here — but that wasn’t why I was writing them at the time.

So this is my new project to address what I haven’t been addressing. In case you’re curious, my academic credentials are as follows: I have my BA in Irish history from Marlboro College and my MA in history and my MLIS in library science from Simmons College. I wrote a thesis for my MA about the commonalities in Irish republican nationalism between the end of the 19th century and the end of the 20th (that’s in rough terms; I did narrow it down more than that!) I have been flirting with the idea of doing a PhD for a long time but I can’t justify the money or the time to myself given that what I actually want to do is talk ideas, read books, and write about things I find interesting: the Internet lets me do all that for free!

And here we are.

I’m hoping to have a post a week starting next week — more than that is simply beyond me at the minute due to my work schedule.