10/15/17: New England Medieval Consortium statement on harassment of colleagues
The New England Medieval Consortium, an interdisciplinary regional organization for scholars of the Middle Ages, stands with junior colleagues and medievalists of color. We affirm our colleagues’ right to free expression of ideas, but, equally, we endorse the efforts of colleagues working to make our scholarly community more inclusive and more just. Thus, we condemn online harassment, doxxing (the online publication of personal information to facilitate harassment), and other tactics of intimidation, particularly when these amplify existing racial and institutional disparities in medieval studies. Such behavior is not in accord with the values of the NEMC.
We join the Medieval Academy of America, the International Piers Plowman Society, the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, the New Chaucer Society, and other organizations in embracing the need to reflect upon historical and present connections between white supremacy and medieval studies and to oppose racist appropriations of the Middle Ages. Ongoing controversies in our field and in US political discourse suggest to us that the work of reflection and opposition is far from complete, and we commit our organization to facilitating a conversation based on civil exchange and sound scholarship.