As a scholarly organization that considers environmental and ecological issues within the premodern and early modern world, Oecologies is also fundamentally concerned with histories of imperialism and colonial exploitation, as well as with the coeval problems of white supremacy and racial inequality. The ongoing crisis of police violence and the murder of people of color, exemplified most recently by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, is only the latest reminder of the racism and inequity that suffuses all aspects of American and Canadian life, including within the academy itself. Oecologies offers our strong support to those who are working to address the structural and institutional inequalities both within and outside the academy, to those protesting white supremacy and other systems of oppression, and to those standing for positive structural change within their communities.
As we have in the past, Oecologies commits to promoting the work of BIPOC scholars within medieval studies, early modern studies, and the environmental humanities. We will continue to work at making our own organization, as well as the scholarly fields and public communities with which it intersects, safer, more welcoming, and more equitable.
Directors of Oecologies
– David K. Coley, Simon Fraser University
– Vin Nardizzi, University of British Columbia
– Sharon O’Dair, University of Alabama, Emerita