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A random reminder that #academicableism (just like other forms of ableism) is fucking exhausting, disabled and chronically ill people should be presumed as present in all spaces (not retrofitted in) and if nondisabled peers had to undertake the labour we do, they’d be enraged too
my heart breaks a bit every time I meet younger academics, five, ten, fifteen years behind me, whose experience is in large part not about their intellectual development but about the endless sodding negotiation and labour involved in merely accessing the base conditions for that
everyone empowered to push these discussions and subsequent concrete revisions in policy, action and culture, in whatever space they can, please do so, as soon as possible, and keep doing so out of recognition that this is ongoing work within a history of ongoing work
I hate being an old hand at this. I hate that the experiences are so widely resonant and similar. I hate that my generation (many of whom in academia are now accessing less precarious, more senior roles) and the generations above mine let this and other bullshit slide or thrive.
oppression is such a waste of incredible human potential and activity and goodness that alone, before we get to the violence of what it involves, makes me so bloody cross
also, related and unrelated: I think I want to come back to how social scripts around disability/chronic illness in academia and around bereavement, dealing w bereavement and disclosing it are complex but also presently often crap
I have a ruling from the OIA in response to a complaint I made against an ex-phd institution about this very thing and PG officers and others who might find this useful to politely ram up the noses of yr institutions, HMU and I’ll send the details/documents
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