Conference Schedule

We’re excited to see many of you over the next few days.  Below is the conference schedule at a glance~


8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration (room 5489)

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Autism Studies Workshop (room 5409) (note: coffee and donuts will be served at this event)

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session One

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Disability and Pedagogy Roundtable (room 5409) OR lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Session Two

3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Session Three

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Plenary Talk: Lennard J. Davis (room 4406)

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Break and Cookies

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Plenary Panel: CUNY Disability Scholars (room 4406)

7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Reception (rooms 5409 and 5414)


8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration (room 5307)

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Science Studies Bagel Breakfast (room 5307)

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Session One

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session Two

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Claire Curtis Utopia and Disability Studies Seminar (room 4406) OR lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Session Three

3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Session Four

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Plenary Talk: Rachel Adams (room 4406)

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. English Program Reception

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Keynote: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, with Jasbir Puar (Elebash Recital Hall)

7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Closing Reception (room 4406)


Disability & Pedagogy Brown Bag Workshop ~ Roundtable Lineup

We’re happy to announce the roundtable lineup for the Disability and Pedagogy Brown Bag Workshop on Thursday, 3/22 at 12 p.m.: Mariette Bates (Distinguised Lecturer and Academic Director, CUNY School of Professional Studies Disability Studies program), Katherine DeLorenzo (Adjunct Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies, Hunter College), Chris Foss (Associate Professor of English, University of Mary Washington), Beth A. Haller (Professor of Journalism/New Media, Towson University), Mara Mills (Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University), Julia Miele Rodas (Assistant Professor of English, Bronx Community College), and Emily B. Stanback (Doctoral Candidate in English, CUNY Graduate Center).

Andrew Lucchesi will moderate the roundtable event, which will feature the above faculty members and graduate student teachers sharing their experiences of teaching disability studies and their experiences of disability in the college classroom.  The ensuing discussion will focus on strategies for effectively integrating disability and disability studies into syllabi and into the classroom.

Optional material will be distributed to registered workshop participants ahead of time, and on the registration site you may also purchase lunch to be delivered before the start of the workshop:

For more information about the event, please visit the Workshops / Seminars page.

Film Installation

We’re thrilled to announce that on Friday, 3/23 there will be an ongoing film installation for conference participants to drop in and out of.  Two films will be showing, and the filmmakers will be available to talk to audience members about their projects.

We will announce the screening times of each film next week.  In the meanwhile, for more information about the filmmakers and their projects, please visit our Film Installation page.

Autism Studies Workshop

Due to the high level of interest in the Autism Studies Workshop, we’re now designating it as the kickoff plenary event for the conference, and we’re providing coffee and donuts to participants.

If possible, please register for the event so that we can plan appropriately and so that you receive suggested content to review before the event:


Registration is now open for the 2012 ESA Conference!

We ask that all who plan to attend the conference–as participants or audience members–register by visiting the 2012 ESA Conference Registration Site at  All registrants will be provided with a name tag at the conference, and registering will allow for us to plan our events more accurately.  All conference events are free of charge, and there is no conference registration fee.


Keynote Topic Announcement

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s keynote address will be titled “Why Disability? Or, Who Should and Should Not Inhabit the World?”  Against the eugenic commonplace that assumes that the world would be a better place if disability could be eliminated, Professor Garland-Thomson will consider why, from an array of philosophical perspectives, disability is something we might want to conserve.

For a full description of the keynote, as well as more information about Garland-Thomson and her respondent, Jasbir Puar, please visit our Keynote page.

Rachel Adams

We’re happy to announce that Columbia University’s Rachel Adams will be giving a talk at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23, titled “Her Left Foot: Gaby Brimmer and the American Routes of Disability Literature.”  The talk is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center English Department, and more information can be found on our Plenary Talks page.