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Ownership and Imprints: Famous Hands and Famous Gloves

After Sir Anthony Van Dyck, ‘King Charles I’, c. 1635-37. National Portrait Gallery, NPG 1906 © National Portrait Gallery, London One of the first items which the visitor encountered at the recent exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire...
From: Bex Unsworth on 13 Apr 2016

Reflections on Receiving a Boden Parcel: Materiality and Online Shopping

So a new year begins, as does a resolution to try and blog a little more regularly, rather than simply relying on the collusion of my inspiration and procrastination levels every so often. Today’s post is, I confess, an attempt to propel myself...
From: Bex Unsworth on 13 Mar 2016

Animated Fashions: When Ruffs Start to Talk

Ruff, c.1615-35. Rijksmuseum, BK-NM-13112. In a recent interesting and thought-provoking blog post, Will Pooley spoke of the need for historians to consider how to make themselves present in their work, and by extension, to think about the character that...
From: Bex Unsworth on 13 Mar 2016

How I Spent My Summer Vacation…at the Folger

By Emma Remsberg   At the end of June, I started my internship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. It was an exciting and busy time for the Education office, every spare table space being used to house an intern.   Reflecting on my internship,...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 3 Sep 2015

Summer Academy 2015 – Right in the Thick of It

By Folger Education   We’re in the middle of our first-ever Summer Academy: a jam-packed week of learning with 29 passionate teachers from all kinds of schools all over the country. You’ll be hearing from them in the coming months as...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 8 Jul 2015

What Do Old Books and Shakespeare Have to Do with DC Teens?

By Folger Education   According to students at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School, a lot. When Ashley Bessicks’ students finished their Hamlet unit, her 10th grade students at Phelps ACE High School, a DC public...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 16 Jun 2015

Inside the Classroom: How Did the Shakespeare Unit Kickoff Go?

By Gina Voskov Julia Marlowe playbill for Columbia Theatre, Brooklyn, March 27, 1893. (Folger Collection)   NYC teacher and Folger National Teacher Corps member Gina Voskov is back with the third installment in her series “Inside the Classroom,”...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 19 Mar 2015

“It Hath Been Sung at Festivals”: More Reflections from Our Festival Friends

By Folger Education The testimonials keep coming in, and they’re so much more compelling than anything we could say about the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. Thank you, festival friends! And happy reading, teachers everywhere!   Students...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 26 Feb 2015

Inside the Classroom: Students Share How They Really Feel about Starting a Shakespeare Unit

In this special series we’re calling “Inside the Classroom,” we’ll follow middle school teacher Gina Voskov and her students as they embark on a Twelfth Night unit. Today, it’s all about pre-reading—check back for notes from the group throughout...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 12 Feb 2015

Go Figure …

The Statement of Purpose wot I wrote eleven years ago: submitted as part of my applications to the graduate programs at the University of Toronto, Queen Mary University London, and Boston University: Why leave a successful job in television and embark...
From: Diane Jakacki on 22 Oct 2014

The un/translatability of code?

This week I participated in the Comparative Humanities summer reading seminar at Bucknell organized by Katie Faull, along with Elizabeth Armstrong, John Hunter, Nick Kupensky, Alf Siewers, James Shields, Meenakshi Ponnuswami, and Slava Yastremski. The...
From: Diane Jakacki on 16 Aug 2014

Is There Such a Thing as Digital Exceptionalism ..?

.. and is it a good witch? Or a bad witch? I spend a lot of time talking to people – convincing people – wooing people to consider digital modes and methods when it comes to research and teaching. I’m happy doing this, not only because...
From: Diane Jakacki on 6 Oct 2013

Howard & Me

Roy Rogers reflects upon the influence of Howard Zinn's classic "A People's History of the United States" upon his personal intellectual development.
From: The Junto on 20 Sep 2013

Undefining #DigitalScholarship

I would like for this to be the first in a series of reflections about my engagement with and considerations of the digital in research and pedagogy. It seems like I should be making time for this navel-gazing. I’ve spent most of the summer thinking...
From: Diane Jakacki on 8 Sep 2013

Charlie Billingham

Another contemporary artist who has come to my attention lately is Charlie Billingham whose paintings are just plain glorious.  Billingham appropriates British satirical prints from our favourite century into his paintings.  Cropping the famous...

On Shifting Gears

Here I am in my new home office, listening as Mennonites in their buggies ride by on their way to church. Bonnie is sleeping in her bed at my feet (the hardwood floors are hard on her hips, so I’m investing in plenty of dog beds.) This morning we...
From: Diane Jakacki on 23 Jun 2013

Organization and Procrastination

I love Things. I’ve become a to-do list junkie, and although I don’t really embrace the GTD lifestyle, LifeHacker has given me food for thought about threshing away at my inbox and slicing up the tasks and projects and goals and objectives...
From: Diane Jakacki on 19 May 2013

Longer than a Tweet, Shorter than a Post

It’s been a strange few months. Flying back last night from an Open Annotation conference I realized that I’ve really struggled with how to represent myself on this site. I’ve used it mainly as vehicle to articulate teaching experiences...
From: Diane Jakacki on 7 May 2013


I’ve avoided writing on this site for months now. There was plenty to write about, but I just couldn’t bring myself to share most of it. The emotional intensity of the last several months left me tired, and sad, and unable to make enough sense...
From: Diane Jakacki on 28 Apr 2013

All the books and time …

Overwhelm My laundry list of books, articles, and posts grows exponentially and I can’t figure out how to manage it. Althought there’s something romantic about drowning in a sea of books, I think it’s probably wiser if I find ways to...
From: Diane Jakacki on 18 Feb 2013

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.