Linda Marie Zaerr

Swimming in the Grail: Research as Quest

In the first Grail story, Perceval wreaks havoc on an entire kingdom because he is afraid to ask a question. It is just as important today to pursue honest questions in research. In a world where we are encouraged to push disciplinary boundaries and think in new ways, there are still patterns that can be unnecessarily limiting. Medieval stories of Grail quests bring insight to what it might mean to pursue questions that move beyond the Round Table conventions of academia, and the Grail may turn out to be much bigger than anyone imagined.