Apparently Medieval history needs color?

thoughtful male knight in historical clothing sitting at a wooden table

A group of college scholars wants more “color” added to Medieval History. Apparently they want to blame the “Dark Ages” on blacks. What is wrong with these people?

Do they want to blame the ills of the day on them too? Some of the most common diseases were dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, chicken pox, measles and black plague to name a few. REALLY?

How about we stick to facts and history and stay away from the (ab) norms of today!

prominent association of medieval studies scholars has pledged to boycott the discipline’s largest annual conference over a lack of social justice programming.

On July 11, the BABEL Working Group published an open letter to the organizers of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS), which is planning to host its annual conference of about 3,000 academics at Kalamazoo College in May 2019, outlining two “concerns” about the conference.

“The first is that there seems to be a bias against, or lack of interest in, sessions that are self-critical of medieval studies, or focused on the politics of the field in the present, especially relative to issues of decoloniality, globalization, and anti-racism,” the letter explains, adding that the second concern relates to an alleged “lack of transparency around the process by which ICMS programming decisions are made.”

The letter, which has been signed by more than 600 people as of press time, argues that by rejecting workshops such as “How to Be a White Ally in Medieval Studies 101,” “Toxic Medievalisms,” and “Intersectionality and the Medieval Romance,” the ICMS organizers are hurting scholars of color and excluding their perspectives.

“The rejection of multiple sessions co-sponsored by Medievalists of Color (MOC) in particular minimizes the intellectual guidance that scholars of color would provide at the conference, when these scholars are already severely underrepresented in the field,” the letter protests.

Read the rest at: Colorful Medieval era

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