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Jenny Tan
Editorial assistant | former Mellon Diversity Fellow | Ph.D. candidate, Comp Lit & Medieval Studies | she/her | 😞🐧📚🌈
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Jenny Tan 6h
Replying to @eisenman_ryan
Yes! And this is especially crucial for those of us who study medieval Europe (and other fields that have been keystones for the construction of whiteness). I think we’re fooling ourselves if we think this is something simple to come to terms with.
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Ryan Eisenman 14h
Replying to @eisenman_ryan
So, yes, I was upset watching Notre-Dame burn and so were many of my dear friends and colleagues. But some (rightly) had different reactions, and I can and do respect that. It’s possible to do both at once!
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Ryan Eisenman 14h
Replying to @eisenman_ryan
I strongly believe that scholars MUST engage in continuous self-reflection about why we study the things we study. Our “affective investments” may never go away, but it’s better to admit to them than pretend they don’t exist
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National Geographic 12h
On , we investigate to see if the charismatic birds are as clever as they are cute
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Jenny Tan 13h
I wrote this, processing some ambivalent feelings on the public discourse on Notre Dame:
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Aditya Mukerjee, the Otterrific 🏳️‍🌈 Apr 24
Most people don't realize this: not only can incarcerated people not vote, but their population counts towards the (conservative) towns where they are incarcerated when drawing/allocating districts. White people literally amplify their voting power by incarcerating Black people.
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U Washington Press Apr 24
“What can we connect to different audiences, how can publishers be more in tune with different issues . . . and how can we be accountable to the greater audiences we are publishing for?” Read more from , , and !
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International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Apr 21
We might want to reflect on this considering we barely have PoC in our field and those who are here have (or have had) experiences similar to these testimonies. Academia as a whole needs to change the way we see & treat our colleagues and students of color.
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Nathan W. Pyle Apr 20
questions I have whenever I watch a hockey match 1) is that ok 2) is that allowed 3) is pushing fine 4) was that necessary (seems mean)
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Erica Kanesaka Kalnay Apr 14
Replying to @ericakanesaka
It may sound weird for me to say this as a graduate student myself, but I think fields looking to disrupt their histories of exclusion and erasure need to prioritize creating inclusive spaces for young scholars of color.
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Jenny Tan Apr 20
I love twitter as a forum of conversation, engagement, and learning, but I do think the gamification of self-promotion and external validation it encourages really brings out the worst in some people
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jasper 👼🏽 Apr 16
I do hope medievalists will criticise the Western civilisation narrative when it comes from one of their own as much as they criticise it from the far right
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Raven Book Store Apr 17
Today a customer mentioned that she could get a new hardcover book online for $15. Our mission is not to shame anyone for their shopping practices, but we do feel a responsibility to educate about what it means when a new hardcover is available for $15 online.
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narcissistic lazy half-wit who has stolen the mic Apr 15
inappropriately upset by this horrible chart with 2 axes for the same variable
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Megan Romer Apr 15
My heart is broken over the loss of Notre Dame. The Catholic Church is also one of the world’s wealthiest entities. If you are going to donate money to rebuild a church this week, I implore you to make it the black churches in St. Landry Parish.
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Jenny Tan Apr 15
Replying to @byjennytan
I love cathedrals! I do. I have amazing memories of Notre Dame. I mourned, still am mourning, but let me say it's devastating feeling invested in collective grief and loss while constantly being reminded of the impossibility of reciprocal empathy.
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Jenny Tan Apr 15
Replying to @byjennytan
That same reverence produced the Medieval Studies (and many medievalists, not exempting myself here), and also the imaginary of white Middle Ages full of medieval walls. So it's concerning that many who defend their debunking of medieval walls don't see the connection.
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Jenny Tan Apr 15
Replying to @byjennytan
It's ok to mourn something you feel a personal, emotional attachment to. But many reactions are reproducing the same kind of reverence for hegemonic institutions that the progressive medievalist movement is purporting to be dismantling. I don't think that's an accident.
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Jenny Tan Apr 15
If the (white) medievalist impulse for public engagement/outreach is really about the importance of history/medievalism/understanding our relation to the past to current anti-racist and decolonial movements, I wonder why so medievalists many have missed precisely this.
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