Studying Kyriarchy in Academy

By Melody Yee
Intersectionality /

Kyriarchy refers to the interlocking systems of oppression which characterize modern society. Any hierarchical social relationship in which the domination of one group by another is internalized and institutionalized is encompassed by the term Kyriarchy.

Academia is commonly understood to be an objective institution, but the walls of the University can not filter out the Kyriarchical aspects of our society. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism are all examples of oppressions which are reproduced within academia, the denial of tenure being a clear example in which they matter.

My research partner, Jing Mai, and I are independently researching the effects that these intersectional oppressions have on the psychological and physical health of women of color in higher education. We invite all self-identified women who were or are postdoctorates, graduate students, adjunct lecturers, and tenured or untenured professors to participate in this study. As socialists, it is imperative that we recognize and fight all oppressions where we see them.

If you would like more information about this study or would like to participate, please contact Melody Yee at

Melody Yee is a student at UC Davis and a member of the Davis YDS Chapter.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)