The new SCA harassment policy and A&S activities

A question to the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White:

“Clarification, please, about implementing the new SCA Harassment and Bullying Policy. Do we need to post the policy at locally sponsored activities? Like our monthly craft night?”

A reply from the Minister:

The short answer is “yes”.

And that “yes” is not just for A&S activities. This goes for any SCA sponsored activity. This includes weekly meetings, craft nights, demonstrations, fighter practices, and the rest that your local branch is hosting.

Bullying and harassment can happen anywhere. We all know this. It doesn’t just happen at weekend events.

I ask people to do three things: have fun, teach, and learn.

People cannot do any of these things if they are experiencing an environment of harassment and bullying.

It is important that we let people know that they have resources. It is important that we reassure people that the SCA is a safe, supportive, and welcoming group. It is important that we commit to this policy.

Please do not think of this as “work”. Please do not think of this as something that is “hard to do” or “taking away from the fun”.

This is really easy to do.

You can just print out the bullet points onto a piece of paper once and then remember to bring it with you. Tape it up when you are running your branch-hosted activity. That’s all it takes.

Now…

For anyone who needs to understand the details, here are the particulars for a longer answer:

The SCA Harassment and Bullying Policy:

http://socsen.sca.org/the-sca-harrassment-and-bullying-policy/

Specifically:

The following statement must be posted at gate/troll at every SCA event in a size large enough for people to see it as they enter our events. This language must likewise be quoted in ALL site handouts at every event a site where a handout is made available.

* THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS.
* Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions.
* If you are subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

The Organizational Handbook, Including Corpora, the By-Laws, Corporate Policies, and the Articles of Incorporation:

http://sca.org/docs/pdf/govdocs.pdf

Specifically:

II. Events
A. Society Events Defined
The term “Society event” refers to tournaments, feasts, and other activities whereby participants can display the results of their researches into the culture and technology of the period in an environment which evokes the atmosphere of the pre-17th century European Middle Ages and Renaissance. It also refers to educational activities involving either one-time classes or ongoing Society university organizations, and meetings where participants share skills or discuss the business of the group. All Society events must be sponsored by official branches of the Society, registered with the Seneschal of the sponsoring branch, publicized at least to the members of that branch, and conducted according to Society rules.

Please keep in mind:

These policies are subject to change. The organization changes and our policies change with it.

You may support these policies. You may want more out of them. You may not be happy with them. You are always welcome to send your feedback to the Society directly. Take that opportunity.

Please set aside your personal feelings and understand that it is important to follow the rules of our organization.

Remember… Have fun! Learn! Teach!

Your Servant to Command,
~p.w.

Overcoming language barriers in A&S

Une question adressée au Ministre A&S du Royaume, Maître Philip White:
“Comment devrais-je encourager les francophones a créer plus de documentation s’ils ne peuvent lire ou écrire l’anglais?”
Une réponse du Ministre:
Laissez-moi adresser quelques points méritant attention dans cette question.
Premièrement, personne n’est obligé de créer une documentation ou même de faire de la recherche. Il est possible d’apprécier beaucoup d’aspects de la SCA sans jamais mettre l’accent sur les études historiques.
Créer une documentation et faire de la recherche peuvent être amusants. Nous sommes membres d’une organisation historique. En apprendre plus au sujet de l’histoire que nous étudions peut être intéressant. J’encouragerais tous et chacun à découvrir les aspects plaisants d’effectuer de plus amples recherches, et d’ensuite documenter leurs trouvailles pour les autres.
La recherche peut consister en la lecture de documents académiques. Ou ce pourrait être lire un livre. Ou ce pourrait être de regarder des photos sur l’Internet. Effectuer de la recherche n’a pas à impliquer de la lecture – il est possible de rechercher en bricolant et en expérimentant ! Il existe beaucoup de flexibilité dans la profondeur que vous souhaitez donner à votre recherche. Au final, vous apprendrez plus à propos de notre histoire. Et la façon dont vous apprenez devrait être divertissante pour vous.
La documentation peut consister en l’écriture d’un travail académique. Ou la publication d’un blog. Ou ce pourrait être de publier des photos sur Facebook. Peut-être de faire un vidéo, ou un enregistrement de baladodiffusion (podcast). Encore ici, il est aisé de décider de la profondeur que vous souhaitez donner à votre documentation. Au final, vous partagez et enseignez plus à propos de l’histoire. Et la manière dont vous partagez et enseignez votre savoir devrait être plaisante pour vous.
Toutes les choses mentionnées précédemment peuvent être réalisées dans n’importe quelle langue. Je peux vous assurer qu’il existe de nombreux historiens parlant français. Ils recherchent, écrivent et enseignent tous en français.
Donc, en tant que personne francophone, je vous encouragerais a trouver ce que vous aimez des périodes qui constituent notre champ d’études, recherchez (apprenez) plus de choses à leur sujet, et ensuite, documentez (enseignez) ce que vous avez appris.
Ensuite, permettez-moi de répondre à la partie concernant l’anglais. Si j’ai bien compris, il existe une inquiétude selon laquelle une audience anglophone ne donnerait aucune valeur à un travail de documentation effectué en français. Il existe une perception selon laquelle le travail effectué par des francophones serait automatiquement mal coté si jugé par des anglophones.
C’est vrai. Il y a naturellement une barrière de langue entre les gens quand au moins l’un d’entre eux n’est pas bilingue.
Il est aussi vrai que la majorité des individus dans la SCA sont principalement des anglophones et aucunement bilingues.
Laissez-moi être clair.
Je ne veux pas que les barrières de langue deviennent un point de découragement pour les individus ne parlant pas l’anglais.
Demandez de l’aide. Laissez-nous savoir comment nous pouvons vous accommoder.
Parlez-vous seulement français ? Et vous souhaitez entrer dans un Championnat d’Arts et Sciences ? Dites-le nous. Nous travaillerons avec une traduction de votre documentation écrite, ainsi que des interprètes afin de juger votre travail.
Peut-être est-ce une autre langue. Communiquez-vous au travers de l’ASL ? Nous lirons alors votre documentation écrite et pourrons faire usage d’un interprète ou de textes pour juger de votre travail.
Êtes-vous moins familiers avec les termes académiques ou techniques ? Alors nous pourrons travailler avec vous afin de traduire ces termes en vocabulaire laïc.
Encore une fois, laissez-moi être très clair.
Notre but est d’éliminer les barrières qui pourraient empêcher certaines personnes d’apprécier les arts et sciences.
Dites-nous comment nous pouvons vous aider. Nous pouvons aider.
Vous pouvez m’envoyer un courriel a moas@eastkingdom.org, ou m’envoyer un message privé ici sur Facebook.
Souvenez-vous… Ayez du plaisir ! Apprenez ! Enseignez !
Votre humble serviteur,
~p.w.
English Translation:
A question to the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White:
“How should I encourage French-speaking people to do more documentation when they can’t read or write English.”
A reply from the Minister:
Let me answer a few things that are popping up in this question.
First off, no one is required to do documentation or even research. You can enjoy lots of the SCA without ever focusing on historical studies.
Documentation and research can be fun. We’re members of a historically based organization. Learning more about the history we are studying can be fun. I would encourage everyone to find the fun parts of first researching more and then documenting it for others.
Research could be reading academic papers. Or if could be reading a book. Or it could be browsing pictures on the Internet. Research doesn’t even have to involve reading – you can research by tinkering and experimenting! There is a lot of flexibility in how involved you can make your research. In the end, you learn more about history. And the way you learn should be fun for you.
Documentation could be writing a paper. Or publishing a blog. Or it could be posting pictures on facebook. Maybe you make a video or do a podcast. Again, there is a lot of flexibility in how involved you can make your documentation. In the end, you are sharing with and teaching more about history. And the way you share and teach should be fun for you.
Everything above here can be done in any language. I can assure you that there are French-speaking historians. They research, write, and teach all in French.
So, as a French-speaking individual, I would encourage you to find what you like about the time periods we study, research (learn) more about them, and then document (teach) what you have learned.
Next up, let me reply about to that part about English.
If I read into that correctly, there is a concern that an English-speaking audience would not value any work on documentation done in French. There is a perception that work by French-speaking people would not do well when judged by English-speaking individuals.
It is true. There is going to be a natural language barrier between people where at least one of them is not bilingual.
It is also true that the majority of SCA individuals are primarily English-speaking and not bilingual.
Please let me be clear here.
I do not want language barriers to be an actual inhibitor to non-English speaking individuals.
Ask for help. Let us know how we can accommodate you.
Do you only speak French? And you want to enter A&S Champions? Let us know. We will work with a translation of your written documentation and interpreters for your judging experience.
Perhaps it is another language. Do you communicate through ASL? Then we will read your written documentation and can use interpreters or text for your judging experience.
Are you not experienced with academic or scholarly terms? Then we can work with you to translate them into laymen’s terminology.
Again, let me be clear here.
Our goal is to eliminate barriers that may inhibit individuals from enjoying the arts and sciences.
Tell us how we can help. We can help.
Email me at moas@eastkingdom.org. Or message me here on Facebook.
Remember… Have fun! Learn! Teach!
Your Servant to Command, ~p.w.