CripAntiquity: Making Ancient Studies More Accessible
Friday, February 26, 20215:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Collecta in Classicis : “Together in Classics,” will provide a space for scholars, teachers, and students to have a conversation about inclusivity in Classics, what that means, what it looks like, and why Classics is not always inclusive. We welcome scholars who have engaged critically with diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, physical ability, and more as it relates to their experience in the field of Classics, or in their study of the Classical World, or both. Furthermore, we hope to include voices of marginalized groups typically silenced either in the past, or even today, by the Classics. How we make Classics more inclusive and accessible, and what that means and looks like, are difficult questions. We hope to encourage productive dialogues that contribute, in individual steps, to the transformative work needed in order for the field of Classics to be reimagined.
In this interactive talk, Prof. Clara Bosak-Schoeder (she/they) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss how the ableism of academia is exacerbated by the elitist culture of premodern disciplines and what CripAntiquity is doing to make ancient studies more accessible to all.
*A note on the name: The Latin title is representative of Classics, and having the words declined in the neuter, accusative, plural is representative of the inclusivity. The neuter excludes neither men nor women, while also including people identifying outside of masculine or feminine binaries. The plural is—quite literally—denoting that Classics is for and made up of all people.
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