Inspired by two sessions at the Forty-Ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo in 2014 (“#;()@?”:—*!” and “Strange Letters: Alphabets in Medieval Manuscripts and Beyond”—the two most tweeted-about panels that year!), a hundred scholars have come together to form the Grammar Rabble.
The Grammar Rabble are interested in alphabets, punctuation, and other fundamentals of grammatica, both premodern and modern, and what sorts of thought and affect emerge from the contemplation of these fundamental linguistic materials.
We are excited by how much thinking and feeling can be done with, say, the letter J, or a colon, or an ampersand—and we want to explore and enjoy their microcosmographical and infraordinary possibilities.
We are in the process of proposing sessions for the next congress and devising other plans.