2017-2018 Events


March 2018


DSI Scholar Showcase

Event Description: The DSI Scholar Showcase is a unique opportunity to connect with scholars from diverse disciplines and learn about the wealth of disability-related work being done in our community. Join Emory DSI for an evening of lightning presentations from disability studies scholars from Emory and the broader Atlanta community. Dinner will be provided.


Panelists:

Alison Parker: Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute (Emory)

Lianne Simon: Intersex author and activist 

Kylie Smith: Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Nursing (Emory)

Stephen Knadler: Professor of English at Spelman College

Kiera Allison: Fellow at Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Emory) 

 

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Co-Sponsored Event: Emory Inclusion Summit

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessiblity Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Disability <IN FOCUS>

Film Screening: XXY

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).
Content warning: sexual assault

Trailer: Click to View

Please contact DSI Film Series coordinators Karlie Rodriguez (karla.rodriguez@emory.edu) and Mary Taylor Mann (mary.taylor.mann@emory.edu) with questions.

 

Works in Progress

Amy Li, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Emory University

Event Desription: Work in Progress event featuring Amy Li, Ph.D. candidate in English. We will pre-circulate Amy's paper to those who R.S.V.P. Refreshments will be served.
Please contact Works in Progress coordinator Rachel Kolb (rachel.kolb@emory.edu) to RSVP and receive a copy of Amy's paper.


Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).
 

Co-Sponsored Event

Dr. Elizabeth Ellcessor: "Cultural Accessibility: Digital Media, Disability Cultures, and Academic Responsibility"

Event Description: The rhetoric of digital media is usually one of increased access, opportunity, or transparency. However, digital media can not only open, but close off access. In this presentation, Dr. Ellcessor explores the ways in which digital technologies have both produced and prevented access to culture, information, and citizenship for people with disabilities. She illustrates how disabled people have innovated in the face of these barriers, and suggests that these workarounds and culturally specific media productions hold value for designing better media and technologies that attend to diverse access conditions rather than taking for granted normative bodies or practices. Finally, she turns a critical lens to the growing reliance on digital media in the management of the university, proposing that attention to access needs become one of our responsibilities as scholars and teachers.
Elizabeth Ellcessor is assistant professor in media studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation (NYU Press, 2016), and co-editor of Disability Media Studies (NYU Press, 2016). Her work focuses on media access, disability and embodied difference, and the public.
 
The Conversations in Digital Accessibilities series is co-sponsored by the Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative, Disability Studies Initiative, and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. 

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

 

February 2018


DSI Speaker Series

Dr. Rebecca Sanchez: "Linguistic Precarity: A Crip of Color Critique"

Event Description: Rebecca Sanchez is an associate professor of English at Fordham University where she is also co-director of their newly launched disability studies minor. Her first book, Deafening Modernism: Embodied Language and Visual Poetics in American Literature, was published in 2015 with New York University Press, and in 2016 she co-edited with Mara Mills the republication of Pauline Lerner’s memoir And No Birds Sing (Gallaudet UP). Her work on modernist literature, disability studies, and poetics has appeared in numerous journals and edited collections and she is currently working on a project that examines experiences of linguistic precarity in crip publics.

Reception to follow.

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Co-sponsored by The Hightower Fund and the Department of English

DSI Speaker Series

Dr. Joan Jacobs Brumberg: "Fasting Girls: Then and Now"

Event Description: Joan Jacobs Brumberg is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor Emerita at Cornell University. She is internationally known for her research and writing about the history of American girls, including the prize-winning books Fasting Girls: The Emergence of Anorexia Nervosa As a Modern Disease  (1988) and the The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls (1997) which became  a classic on American college campuses. The book on which her talk is based, Fasting Girls won four different disciplinary awards: The John Hope franklin Pize (Amrican Studies), The Berkshire Books Prize (in women’s history), The Watson Davis Prize (for histry of science) and Basker Prize (in medical anthropology).

Reception to follow.

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Co-sponsored by The Hightower Fund; Department of History; Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Department of Psychology


December 2017


Narrative Medicine x Disability Studies

Event Description: Panel and discussion about "narrative medicine," a growing field in the health humanities. English Ph.D. students Lindsey Grubbs, Rachel Kolb, Jess Libow, and Stephanie Larson will reflect on their experience attending a workshop at the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University, followed by a conversation about how this field relates to both disability and literary studies. Please R.S.V.P. to jlibow@emory.edu if you are interested in attending this event, as we will pre-circulate a short reading.

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD). 


Co-Sponsored Event: Virtual Reality Film and Panel: "Sensations of Sound: On Deafness and Music"

Event Description: English Ph.D. student Rachel Kolb and Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies Daniel Reynolds will be discussing the New York Times virtual reality film adaptation of Kolb's essay "Sensations of Sound: On Deafness and Music," which features Kolb. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the film and explore Emory's Tech Lab's virtual reality resources. This event is co-sponsored by the Tech Lab at Emory Libraries & Information Technology.

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

View a poster for this event here.


November 2017


Works in Progress

Tracie Martin, Ph.D. student in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality, Emory University

Event Desription: Work-in-Progress event featuring Tracie Martin, Ph.D. student in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. We will pre-circulate Tracie's article to those who R.S.V.P. Refreshments will be served.

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).


DSI Reading Group

Readings from special issue of Early American Literature:

Sari Altschuler and Cristobal Silva, "Early American Disability Studies"

Greta Lafleur, “‘Defective in One of the Principle Parts of Virility’: Impotence, Generation, and Defining Disability in Early North America”


DSI Speaker Series

Dr. Jason Farr: "Deaf Literacy and Queerness in Early 18th-Century Britain"

Event Description: Jason Farr is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, where he researches and teaches courses in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, disability studies, and gender and sexuality studies. His work appears in venues such as Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and the collection, The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell UP). This talk, “Deaf Literacy and Queerness in Early 18th-Century Britain” is a version of a chapter of his book manuscript-in-progress, Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature.

Reception to follow.

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

View a poster for this event here.


October 2017


Disability <IN FOCUS>

Film Screening: Deej

About the Film: "I won the lottery when my parents adopted me from foster care; I won it again when they included me in regular education. Now, I seek to help kids much less fortunate than I by showing people what a nonspeaking student with autism can do. IDeej, the camera intrudes on every aspect of my life. If seeing truly is believing, then perhaps eyes can be opened to the full potential of kids with significant disabilities. Shot over a six-year period, Deej reveals not only what the ideal of full inclusion requires but also what it can accomplish." - DJ Savarese

Access: for ADA accomodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).


DSI Reading Group

Joint meeting with the Graduate Partners in Human Health

Reading of Jonathan Metzl's The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease led by Lindsey Grubbs