The Material Collective is grateful to Mary Rambaran-Olm for her recent actions to draw attention to the continuing problems within the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists and in the field of medieval studies as a whole. This is not simply a fight over a name, but an effort to unravel decades of systematic exclusion within the field of medieval studies. We encourage anyone wishing to understand the situation to start with Dr. Rambaran-Olm’s previous essay on the subject. We also endorse and recommend the statements of support by Medievalists of Color and Queerdievalists. We encourage everyone concerned about these issues, but especially specialists in the early medieval British Isles, to co-sign the open letter drafted by current and former members of ISAS calling for the current leadership to undertake immediate and substantive steps towards reform.
About the Material Collective
As a collaborative of students of visual culture, Material Collective seeks to foster a safe space for alternative ways of thinking about objects. We strive for transparency in our practice, and we encourage the same in our institutional surroundings.