Q: “Crip” sounds like a bad word. Is it?
A: “Crip” and “cripping” are reclaimed terms like “queer.” By using these words, people with disabilities assert their own agency in the world: to determine how they will live, work, and love, to define whether their disability needs “fixing,” and so forth. It’s a tongue-in-cheek kind of thing.
Q: What is CripAntiquity all about?
A: CripAntiquity aims to support and promote teachers and students with disabilities, primarily through activism within ancient history, ancient religions, Assyriology, classics, early Christianity, Egyptology, Judaic studies, late antiquity, medieval studies, Mediterranean archeology and art history, Near Eastern studies, and reception studies. We see ourselves allied with #DisMed, medievalists with disabilities.
Q: How is CripAntiquity organized?
A: CripAntiquity is identified with the Classics and Social Justice subgroup on chronic illness, disabilities, and mental health.
Q: What is antiquity?
A: Antiquity might be:
the study of the ancient Mediterranean, its contact and legacies
Africa, the British Isles, and the Silk Road too
global medievalisms & comparative ancient studies
how canons form and can be reformed
Q: Do I count as an “ancientist”?
A: If you are committed to antiquity artistically, professionally, through your activism, as a vocation, or by virtue of your past or present schooling, you belong with us.
Q: What is a disability?
A: Disabilities are:
physical, mental, and cognitive
long and short-term
where we’re all heading if we live that long
Q: But really, what are some of the disabilities CripClassics represents?
A: ADHD, anxiety, blindness, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, depression, dyslexia, ibs, low-vision, MS, pregnancy, PTSD, type 1 diabetes
Q: I’m not sure I have a disability. What do you think?
A: If you are socially disabled by what might be a disability, you have a disability. We don’t check credentials.
Q: Why do ancientists with disabilities need their own organization? Isn’t this a problem with society/academia?
A: As an academic profession, the study of antiquity reflects broader problems in society and academia. But the macho culture of our fields exacerbates these problems. Ancient studies define themselves as extremely “rigorous,” usually because of the language study involved, which often means excluding people who are not white, able-bodied, financially secure, dependentless men. Ancientists with disabilities need a support structure to endure this marginalization and make our unique contributions to the world.
People with disabilities are often multiply marginalized, their disability status intersecting with other identities that need support, including carceral status, education background, financial status, gender, immigration status, race, religion, sex, and sexuality. Donating to this organization helps all of us.