Hi Freyja and all
Sorry for dropping the ball on this. It seems that Eddie Ndopu has now
crowdfunded the support he needs to go to Oxford:
(Facebook photo link, might not be visible to everyone? not sure if
there is a fuller online source?)
However I'm still wondering if is worth trying to get Oxford to change
its policy, as he shouldn't have had to raise the money himself,
and/or to try to set something up for future scholars in the same
position - what do you think?
On 05/09/2016, Freyja Haraldsdóttir <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Sorry, just read this now. Has anything been done? If so, can we contribute
> from Iceland? If not, should we do something?
> - Freyja
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 25. ágú. 2016, at 20:54, Steven Graby <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I have just seen this story about disabled South African scholar and
>> activist Eddie Ndopu, who has been awarded a scholarship for a Masters
>> degree at Oxford University, but is being effectively prevented from
>> actually attending by Oxford not providing funding for his support
>> needs: http://www.gal-dem.com/oxford-university-eddie-ndopu/
>> I haven't personally met Eddie Ndopu (and also I don't know whether he
>> is on the Disability Research list - apologies for any embarrassment
>> if so!) but I have read some of his online work and think his
>> intersectional voice as a Black, Queer, Disabled activist and writer
>> is incredibly important.
>> My thought/response to this was: Is there anything that the Disability
>> Studies community (in the UK and elsewhere) can do about this - either
>> a collective public challenge to Oxford University about their refusal
>> to enable Eddie to attend the course he has won a scholarship for, or
>> perhaps (though I know there is a debate to be had about whether such
>> an individualistic approach is appropriate) a direct redistribution of
>> funds - particularly perhaps from those more privileged (white,
>> non-disabled, in secure and relatively highly paid academic jobs in
>> the Global North) people in Disability Studies to enable Eddie to pay
>> for the support he needs to live and study in the UK?
>> Or perhaps, to make this less individualistic, should there be a
>> community-sourced fund to enable other disabled (would-be-)scholars
>> from the Global South to come to universities in the Global North, and
>> thus bring their much-needed perspectives into the forefront of the
>> Disability Studies community - any thoughts welcome...
>> (I have CCed a few people on this email who I am not sure whether or
>> not they are on the Disability Research list, so apologies if anyone
>> gets this twice. Also apologies for any clumsy use on my part of
>> inaccurate or non-preferred identity terminology.)
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