570. Avenues of Access: The State of Disability Studies
Tuesday, 5 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Republic Ballroom, Sheraton
A linked session arranged in conjunction with The Presidential Forum: Avenues of Access
Presiding: Michael Bérubé, Penn State Univ., University Park
1. "Unequal Access: Disability and the University," Rachel Adams, Columbia Univ.
2. "Just Getting In/It: The MLA, Disability Studies, and Access," Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Ohio State Univ., Columbus
3. "Converting Crippled Saints," Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory Univ.
4. "Disability Studies on Fire," Tobin Siebers, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Disability studies was founded on the distinction between disability and impairment—where “impairment” referred to conditions of body or mind and “disability” was the name given to the social organization of impairment. In recent years, however, that distinction has been challenged from a variety of angles and for a variety of reasons. This session looks back on the history of the field and asks what that history has meant for teaching and research in the humanities.
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