Cripples, Idiots, Lepers, and Freaks: Extraordinary Bodies / Extraordinary Minds
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, March 22 – 23, 2012
Could disability be, as Susan Wendell writes, “valued for itself, or for the different knowledge, perspective, and experience of life” it gives rise to? This conference seeks to continue—and to expand—conversations about the cultural meanings and possibilities of impairment, as well as the ways that the disabled body becomes a locus for uneasy collaborations and tensions between the social and the scientific. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to “disability,” we seek papers from across the humanities (English, art history, music, etc.), social sciences (history, sociology, political science, etc.), and applied fields (law, education, medicine, etc.). More information is available here. Please submit 250- to 500-word abstracts to ESAConference2012@gmail.com by December 5, 2011.
Hannah Newton – keynote speaker at this year’s Congress of Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research – gives readers a taste of what to expect from her upcoming talk: Horrible histories are not just for young readers: Read more…