IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1198: Embracing the #femfog

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 13.00-14.00

Moderator/Chair:Diane Watt, School of Literature & Languages, University of Surrey

The misogynist invention of ‘femfog’ and the racist praise of medieval ‘white men’ had unintended positive consequences: an online surge of willingness to name and act against abuse and unethical behaviour in medieval studies, not just in Anglo-Saxon studies, not just against women. Continuing these discussions, we want to expose the structures that enabled and enable unethical behaviour in universities, and aim to make medieval studies more fully inclusive, collegial, and ethical. We want to explore ways of working against emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse, gate-keeping, exploitation, and bullying especially of students and younger scholars, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ablism, and misogyny in medieval studies, and affirm the openness, collegiality, and inclusivity of our fields.

Participants include David Bowe (University of Surrey), Liz Herbert McAvoy (Swansea University), Jonathan Hsy (George Washington University), Dorothy Kim (Vassar College, New York), Christina Lee (University of Nottingham), Robert Stanton (Boston College, Massachusetts), Elaine Treharne (Stanford University), and Helen Young (University of Sydney).