A Message from the Executive Director

September 15, 2017 (updated October 14, 2017)

Given the recent and ongoing events of this summer, some quite public, and including the mis-appropriation of medieval materials and culture in Charlottesville for racialized demonstrations, and a number of online controversies involving harassment or potential harassment of less established or more vulnerable scholars in the broader field of medieval studies, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that as an institution, ISAS considers any such actions as violating the spirit of our professional identity - an identity reflected in the Constitutional amendment proposed by our Advisory Board in July, and overwhelmingly approved this October by our Society's members:

As enshrined in this Constitution, the purpose of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists is to provide all scholars interested in the languages, literatures, arts, history, and material culture of Anglo-Saxon England with support in their research and to facilitate an exchange of ideas and materials within and among the disciplines.

This work must take place in environments free from prejudice, racism, inequity or harassment, or related unethical behavior, and ISAS affirms its ongoing commitment to helping fashion an academic culture that fosters professional courtesy, respect, equity, diversity, tolerance and inclusion for all of its members, and for all people working in our related disciplines.

Thank you to all who continue to support Anglo-Saxon studies, and strive to make our field a welcoming place for all.

Sincerely,

Martin Foys

Executive Director of ISAS

 


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