About the Conference 


“Disability Studies: A History” will bring together activists, scholars, and artists working across different disciplines to reflect on the history of an emerging field, which—since its early activist origins in the 1960s—has gained an institutional presence in academia. We have asked speakers to engage with a key question:  as disability studies gains greater institutional foothold in university spaces, what productive tensions emerge between advocacy, policy, and scholarship?

“Disability Studies: A History,” is organized by:

Mark Bookman, Chelsea Chamberlain, Jami Fisher, Leon Hilton, Nancy Hirschmann, Heather Love, Riley McGuire, Clare Mullaney, Michael Northen, Jennifer Phuong, Leah Samples, Paul Saint-Amour, Joe Valente, and Lance Wahlert


Penn’s Disability Studies Working Group; Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity Project of PSOM Medical Ethics; the Gender and Sexuality Studies Working Group; the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women; the Department of English; the Department of Comparative Literature; the Department of History; Annenberg School of Communication; the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program; Penn's School of Arts and Sciences Conference Support Grant; University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation; Graduation and Professional Student Assembly

Questions?  penn.dshistory.info@gmail.com

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---, Feldbaum, M., Cory, R. and Sagendorf, K. Building Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating Disability in the University Classroom and Curriculum. Syracuse University Press, 2005.

Bérubé, Michael. “Disability and Narrative.” PMLA 120.2 (2005): 568-76.

---. Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up. Beacon Press, 2016.

---. The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read. New York University Press, 2016.

Friedner, Michele. “Not-Understanding and Understanding: What do Epistemologies and Ontologies Do in Deaf Worlds?” Sign Language Studies. 16.2 (2016): 184-203.

---. New disability mobilities and accessibilities in urban India. (with Jamie Osborne). City & Society. 27.1 (2015): 9-29.

Hamraie, Aimi. “Designing Collective Access: a Feminist Disability Theory of Universal Design.” Disability Studies Quarterly 33.4 (2004).

McRuer, Robert. Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability. New York University Press, 2006.

---. “Crip Eye for the Normate Guy: Queer Theory and the Disciplining of Disability Studies.” Special Cluster on “Disability Studies and the University.” PMLA 120.2 (2005): 586-592.

Mills, Mara. “On Disability and Cybernetics: Helen Keller, Norbert Wiener, and the Hearing Glove.” differences 22: The Sense of Sound (Summer-Fall 2011): 74-111. 

---. Cripistemologies: The ConferenceThe Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 8, 3 (October 2014): 349-354.

Mitchell, David and Sharon Snyder. The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment University of Michigan Press, 2015.

---. Cultural Locations of Disability. University of Chicago Press, 2006.

---. Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse. University of Michigan Press, 2000.
---. Vital Signs. Film.

Pickens, Therí. New Body Politics: Narrating Arab and Black Identity in the Contemporary United States. Routledge, 2014.

Taylor, Sunaura. Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation. The New Press, 2017.

Tyler, Dennis. "Losing Limbs in the Republic." Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 11.1 (2017): 35-51