Today we officially launch BABEL's most ambitious fundraising effort ever, even bigger than the Kickstarter that Nimrod ran to erect the original Tower of Babel: an insane attempt to raise ten thousand dollars. TEN. THOUSAND. DOLLARS. Who raises that kind of money for a nonhierarchical nomadic entity that wanders, provokes and catalyzes? It's not like we have a director of development. We run almost everything we do on volunteer effort. But we know what we do have: you. Your support. Your desire to develop more passionate and more intellectual and artistic community. We're certain we can do this together. We believe that through this project's success we will demonstrate that caring for those in precarious positions within, without and beside the academy is not a nice little afterthought but a central obligation.
The funds we raise will be spent ensuring that BABEL events are accessible to those who do not have much in the way of institutional support: adjuncts, graduate students, those who teach at institutions fond of declaring a state of emergency and suspending scholarship and development, artists, nomads, all the members of the precariat. We are raising funds for three intimately related purposes.
- $1,000 for the to be awarded for travel to the 2015 Kalamazoo Medieval Congress. Two grants of $500 each will be awarded to presenters who lack institutional support for travel.
- $1,000 for the the money used to ensure that all BABEL social gatherings are open to all regardless of financial means.
- Most importantly, $8,000 to aid precariat presenters to travel to in October 2015. This fund will be used to cover travel and hotel for those who do not have the institutional support to cover their own travel.