Modern Society

Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community

Middle Eastern History Conference Seeking Papers

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Chicago is calling for papers to be presented at the 21st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference to be held May 12-13, 2006.

Knitting Olympics

On the Historic Knitting List, Gabrielle reports that a blogger named the Yarn Harlot is challenging knitters to take part in a Knitter's Olympics to coincide with the Olympic Games.

Car and SCA Items Stolen in AnTir

THL Alainne de Lacy reports that her automobile containing some SCA possessions was stolen January 20, 2006 near Salem, Oregon.

Dibner Institute Offers Spring 2006 Colloquia

The Dibner Institute for the History of Science & Technology, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will once again offer its Lunchtime Colloquia featuring a series of lectures on historical scientific topics.

Neil Gaiman's Beowulf

Popular graphic novel and science fiction writer Neil Gaiman is working on an animated version of Beowulf featuring the voices of Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Brendan Gleeson, and John Malkovich.

Mission Statement Apology

Duke John ap Gwyndaf (Jason Williams), Chairman, SCA, Inc., has announced that the Mission Statement for the SCA release recently has been rescinded.

Outlands Collects Over 26,000 Toys for Tots

Adam Stedefast has announced the totals for toys collected for the Toys for Tots program in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Men More Prone to Revenge, Study Says

A new study by Nature shows that men are more likely to seek revenge than women. Researchers used MRI brain scans to study subjects viewing wrongdoers given an electric shock and how the subjects' brains responded.

Historic Maltese Maps to be Digitized

Maltacom's National Cultural Foundation has sponsored a Lm6,000 project to digitize maps from a collection owned by Albert Ganado.

Chairman's Quarterly Letter to the Membership

Duke John ap Gwyndaf (aka Jason Williams), Chairman, SCA Inc., discusses the place of the Board of Directors in the SCA in his Quarterly Letter to the Membership.

Matchmaking in the SCA

Duchess Malinda of the Kingdom of Atenveldt, has announced that she will be offering free matchmaker services at the upcoming Estrella War.

Early Music Online

Looking for an online source that plays medieval music? Check out Treasury of Early Music, a classical program hosted by Jorge Salazar.

Notice of Scheduled Outage: Internet Servers to Undergo Upgrade

On Sunday, 15 January 2006, the Internet servers will be taken offline temporarily to perform a major system upgrade. Beginning at approximately 4:00 a.m. US Central Time (10:00 GMT), and continuing until approximately noon US Central Time (18:00 GMT), various services will be inaccessible. e-mail server issues

Jason Williams, Chairman of the SCA, Inc., describes the SCA's recent email server problems and what is being done to correct them.

British Library Images Online

The British Library has released a database of searchable images digitized from its vast collections of manuscripts, rare books and maps.

Armor Stolen in Atenveldt

Deirdre and Ajax in the Kingdom of Atenveldt have reported the theft of armor from their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Re-Enactment Gear Stolen in the UK; Site Vandalized

Guthroth Of Colanhomm reports that re-enactment gear owned by the group Conquest was stolen recently from a secure garage in North Bristol, England. The site was then set on fire.

Monty Joins the SCA

Comic strip character Monty by Jim Meddick has joined the local "Medieval Re-Creationist Society."

SCA Possessions Stolen in West Kingdom

On January 7-8, 2006, thieves broke into the vehicle of Viscountess Genevieve de Vendome of the West Kingdom in the San Jose, California area. SCA members are asked to be on the lookout for the stolen property.

"Tristan and Isolde" Trailer Online

A trailer for the upcoming film, Tristan and Isolde, is now available on the Moviefone website.

Kilt Causes Controversy at High School Dance

Nathan Warmack, who wore a traditional kilt to a high school dance, has asked for dress codes to be changed after he was forced to change his clothes by a school official.

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Happy New Year: 964!

A new book by University of Victoria mathematician Florin Diacu, Lost Millennium: History's Timetables Under Siege, explores the time theories of Russian mathematician Anatoli Fomenko and determines that the year is really 963.

Canongate Hopes for Redevelopment Soon

The plans for a UK£180 million redevelopment, including offices, modern apartments and a five-star hotel, of the Canongate, an area dating back to 1128, mark a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of this part of the Royal Mile.

8th Century Building Gets Grant Money for Improvements

A £50,000 grant will pay for a tour of Dewsbury Minster, showcasing its 'lost' heritage. It will also pay for improvements to the Grade II-listed building’s outdated lighting, heating, access, signs and literature in the site's west end.

Smithsonian: Aerial Photography as Archaeological Tool

Smithsonian Magazine looks at the popularity of using aerial photography to do archaeological surveys, not only to make new discoveries, but to preserve sites threatened by time and circumstance.

Newport Ship Skeleton Theory

A skeleton found under the Newport Ship could have belonged to a man who was decapitated in a sacrificial killing, a leading archaeologist working on the project says. But there is also the possibility that he met his end in the waters of the River Usk by drowning.

6th Century Saxon Warrior & Horse May Stay in England

Ambitious plans to house at a Suffolk museum the "internationally important" discovery of the skeleton of a Saxon warrior buried with his horse have been launched.

Viking in Your Genes? Volunteers Donate DNA for Test

Predisposed towards battle axes, but never understood why? The answer may be in your genes.

The Self-Defense Nightstand

Looking for the perfect gift for the SCAdians fighter in the family? How about a sword and board that doubles as a bedside table?