Disability, Culture, and Society

  • Founded
    2015
  • Seminar Number
    779

This seminar provides a venue for scholars working in disability studies—which examines the social, political, cultural, and historical factors that define disability—to interrogate the current state of the field and identify the most crucial problems and concerns for its future. Critical scholarship around disability questions is essential because it builds a platform to interrogate charged ethical and political questions about the meaning of aesthetics and cultural representation, identity, and dynamics of social inclusion and/or exclusion. Over the past 15 years, disability studies has grown into a vibrant interdisciplinary arena, engaging some of the most pressing debates of our time: questions about the beginning and end of life, prenatal testing, abortion, euthanasia, eugenics; definitions of mental health and wellness; accommodation in schools, public transportation, and the workplace; technologies for the medical correction and “cure” of the non-normative body; disease, wartime injuries, post-traumatic stress, and healthcare.


Co-Chairs
Professor Julia Miele Rodas
julia.rodas@bcc.cuny.edu

Professor Irina Carlota Silber
isilber@ccny.cuny.edu

Rapporteur
Liz Bowen
elb2157@columbia.edu

Welcome

Meetings


12:00 PM

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