— s.e. smith (@sesmith) July 10, 2018
A statement from Seeta Chaganti on #kzoo2018 and #kzoo2019 and the future of medieval studies. On the Medievalists of Color blog –
A few thoughts:
While I do not for see a future in which I go back to this conference for many reasons, I remain deeply concerned with the future of my field. Over the past few weeks, as most of you know, Yiannopoulos used an online donation to send Nazi iconography to a Jewish journalist and urged violence against journalists. It is of course complicated. But siding with protection of vulnerable faculty, siding against the Nazi iconographer and inciter of violence, is a low low bar. I know where I stand.
Medieval organizations continue not to take seriously the threat of a medievalist allying with him.
The future of medieval studies is not set. It’s worth working for.
Every descent into the medical system for disabled folks, for everyone really but not equally, risks dehumanization. I wrote a story for Pacific Standard about one such case.
When @HennyKtweets went to the hospital, instead of getting help, she was mis-diagnosed with an intellectual disability then systematically dehumanized. I am grateful to her for sharing her story. From @PacificStand – https://t.co/jnP0jurYpi
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) June 29, 2018