Higher education — and particularly the humanities, and very particularly the field of Art History — are in a state of unprecedented crisis in the United States. We need CAA, as the flagship organization for art historians to publicize this large-scale attack on our academic field.
Kholood Mo’allim, a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN (academic home to Material Collective Core Member Nancy Thompson), has compiled this guide for people who wish to support communities in the Twin Cities in this time of pain and crisis. She shared it with her campus at St. Olaf, and now we share […]
This guest post by Sharon Rhodes considers a subject of great interest in medieval studies at present, the use of the term “Anglo-Saxon.” Rhodes takes a fresh approach to the subject, focusing on how to teach Old English language and literature (with relevance for the teaching of related subjects, such as medieval English art, history, etc.) without welcoming or fostering the racist fantasies about linguistic and cultural “purity” that have plagued the field more or less since its inception.
It’s a well-known saying, a paraphrase of the International Workers of the World organizer Joe Hill’s last words. They’re not easy words to live by.
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 […]