• Announcements and Statements

    CFP for ICMS 2023, “Mutual Aid and the Middle Ages”

    Please consider submitting a proposal to this SMFS-sponsored virtual paper session at ICMS 2023! And circulate widely! Proposals due Sept. 15 via the Confex portal. Please reach out to Abby Ang with any questions (aang@populardemocracy.org). The COVID-19 pandemic instigated a burst of mutual aid activity across the globe, inspired partly by Peter Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution (1902). Kropotkin draws from a variety of sources, including biological sciences, sociology, and history, to argue that horizontal cooperation, rather than competition, is what has allowed various species to survive and even thrive. He describes the guilds and unions of the later Middle Ages as sites where mutual aid thrived. 120…

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    SMFS Statement on Roe v Wade

    Previous version circulated May 9, 2022; updated June 28, 2022 The Advisory Board of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship condemns in the strongest terms the United States Supreme Court decision of June 24, 2022 to overturn Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). This landmark case enshrined the right to an abortion, and as an intersectional feminist organization committed to global gender and racial justice, we are appalled by this politically biased gutting of fundamental human rights. The decision as it stands unilaterally harms all pregnant people, especially those from marginalized groups, such as people of color, trans men and nonbinary people, and low-income individuals who face many barriers…

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    Statement of Support for Dr. Mary Rambaran-Olm

    Originally circulated May 9, 2022 We, the Advisory Board of SMFS, in every respect condemn the recent online harassment of Dr. Mary Rambaran-Olm (@ISASaxonists).There is no room for race-policing or misogynoir–as these attacks are clearly misogyny in action and undermine the intersectional field of medieval studies we aim to cultivate. As an intersectional feminist community, we deeply respect and value Dr. Rambaran-Olm’s expertise, experience, and activism. She is dedicated to anti-racist work and the mentoring of graduate students and early career scholars of all backgrounds. She has strongly advocated for survivors of sexual harrassment, and has done much to transform the profession at large. We reaffirm our support for Dr.…