About Shawn Dickinson

Shawn Dickinson is an undergrad Medieval Studies major (minors in History and Latin) at the University of Waterloo. His area of interest is the Crusades (Levantine, Baltic, Reconquista), specifically leaders of the Early Crusading Era and politics of the Crusader States. Formerly a Computer Science major, he is a numismatist, a big fan of everything Apple, and a web developer. He is also a member of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE). Other areas of interest for him are colonial history (e.g. conquistadors, The Scramble for Africa) and patristics/early church doctrine (e.g. Athanasius, Nestorius).

Hey everyone! Course selection for Winter 2014 is upon us (for the second time, actually). I strongly encourage everyone to participate in course selection. It helps to ensure you’ll have a seat in the classes you want to take (in case it fills up quickly during enrolment), it increases your chances of being able to take the classes you want without scheduling conflicts, and it also shows the department that there is an interest in the course. That being said, I thought I’d say a few things about the upcoming Winter 2014 courses for Medievalists.

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—Shawn

It’s that time of year again: a new school year is upon us! I’d like to both welcome new students to UW but also welcome back returning students. I hope your first day of lectures is a good one! The start of a school year always brings many changes and this year it’s brought a big change you’ve no doubt already noticed: Labyrinth has undergone a massive redesign.

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Recently Jim wrote a post about his top three video games, which is a funny coincidence since I also wanted to make a post about video games, or rather one game in particular, since an important update is coming soon. A fantastic game that I cannot recommend enough is Crusader Kings II. I want to talk a bit about what CKII is and why it’s awesome before I explain why May 28 is an important date. Continue reading

—Shawn

We are less than two months almost one month away from the International Congress on Medieval Studies! For those who will be attending, Dr. Porreca and I have put together some useful information and helpful hints.

Firstly, I’ll reiterate some essential information. We will be departing from Waterloo the morning of May 8th and will be returning the evening of the 12th. Registration is through Western Michigan University’s website. If you haven’t registered yet, you should do so as soon as possible. Online registration ends 15 days before the start of the Congress, but it’s recommended to register early (your room will be closer to the cafeteria/exhibits hall and rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis). For those who have not yet registered, ensure that you do not select residence for Sunday (if you already have done so by accident, it is possible to receive a refund). Most importantly, you NEED a passport in order to attend. Make sure you will have a valid passport in time for the Congress and don’t forget to bring it (and sign it!). Those who received a travel bursary in order to attend will need to save all receipts related to registration, lodging, food, and travel. Those who have already registered can obtain their receipt by logging in to the registration website and checking their order status.

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—Shawn