Program

THURSDAY, 3/22

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

9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Plenary Kickoff Workshop (Room 5409)

Plenary Workshop ~ Constructions of Autism: Theorizing Voice and Identity “On the Spectrum”  (Note: coffee and donuts will be served at this event)

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session One

WRITING THE DISABLED BODY (Room 5409)
Moderator: Andrew Lucchesi, CUNY Graduate Center
*Martha Stallman, “Choose Your Own Cripadventure: Writing Crippled, Reading Crippled”
*Angela Ridinger-Dotterman, CUNY Graduate Center, “Difference, Disorder, and Disease: Definitions of Autism in the ‘Momoir’”
*Terry Tracy, “My Disability Identity in Writing My Life Narrative”

19th CENTURY FICTION AND DISABILITY (Room 5414)
Moderator: Mark Schiebe, CUNY Graduate Center
*Elizabeth Stoker, Brandeis University, “A Sickness, A Symbol, A Synthesis: Illness in ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’
*Jonah Mitropoulous, CUNY Graduate Center, “Joining the Efforts of Animal Studies and Disability Theory”
*Shawn Rice, CUNY Graduate Center, “Appearing Real: Techno-Aesthetic Prosthetics”

DISABILITY IN SCIENCE FICTION (Room 5307)
Moderator: Julia Miele Rodas, Bronx Community College
*Eric Wallenstein, Texas State University, “Black Death/Black Birth: Bodily Transformation in Charles Burn’s Black Hole
*Jeffry J. Iovannone, SUNY Buffalo, “‘I am not the body I wear’: Freaks in Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed
*Jeffrey Preston, University of Western Ontario, “Corporeal Capital: Corporate Bodies in Robocop and Avatar

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Session

Brown Bag Seminar: Pedagogy & Disability (Room 5409)

Or

Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Session Two

DISABILITY AND WAR (Room 5409)
Moderator: Katherine DeLorenzo, Hunter College
*Emmanuel von Schack, Hunter College, “Experiencing Disability in Weimar Art”
*Beth Keyes, CUNY Graduate Center, “On the Idle Hill of Summer: Musical Shell Shock in a Post-War Song by Ivor Gurney”
*Caroline Weist, University of Pennsylvania, “Negative Prosthesis: The Embodying of Absence and the Limits of Dramatic Representation”

RACE, MEDICINE, AND FREAKERY (Room 5414)
Moderator: Kristina Huang, CUNY Graduate Center
*Philip Kadish, CUNY Graduate Center, “‘Pinhead Races’ and the White Man’s Burden: Justifications of American Racial Politics and the Conflation of Disability, Race, and Evolutionary Development in the Presentation of ‘Pinheads’ (Microcephalic Persons) in 19th Century American Freak Shows
*Kristen D. Windmuller, Princeton University, “Circus freaks, exotic monsters, medical science and anthropology: Ethno-performer and Freak-performer photographs in the McCaddon Collection of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. ”
*Linnea J. Hussein, Columbia University, “Freaks on Display in Mill Hill sheds Light on the Dark Places of the Earth”

THEORIES OF/AND TECHNOLOGY (Room 5307)
Moderator: Mara Mills, New York University
*Matthew Strang, York University, “The 3Bs: Biovalue, Bioconsumption, and Biocitizenship, An Investigation into New Discourses and Recourses Surrounding Organ Donation
*Marissa Brostoff, CUNY Graduate Center, “The Management of Feelings: Temple Grandin’s Empathy Machines”

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Session Three

RE-READING THE LITERARY CANON (Room 5409)
Moderator: James Berger, Yale University
*Samuel B. Gold, NYU, “How (Not) to Read Benjy: Faulkner and the Problem of Representing Disability”
*Brendan Costello Jr., City College, “Striking the Sun: Ahab’s Disability, Melville’s Metaphor, and the ‘Personified Impersonal’”

THE HISTORY OF DISABILITY IN NON-WESTERN CULTURES (Room 5414)
Moderator: Renee McGarry, CUNY Graduate Center
*William T. Gassaway, Columbia University, “Dwarfs, Grotesques, and Other Reconsidered Heroes: Criticism and Diagnosis in the Art of Mesoamerica”
*Meng Wei, New York University, “Bodies of Difference: Disability in the Qing Law”

MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, BLINDNESS (Room 5307)
Moderator: Joseph Straus, CUNY Graduate Center
*Joshua B. Bennett, Princeton University, “When the Talking Book Sings: Reading the Intersections of Race, Disability, and Technology in the Work of Stevie Wonder”
*Stefan Honisch, University of British Columbia, “The Significance of Dis/ability: A Semiotic Analysis of Nobuyuki Tsuji’s Gold Medal Performances at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition”

4 p.m. Plenary Talk (English Lounge, room 4406)
“The End of Normal: Diversity, Disability and Neoliberalism,”Lennard Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago

6 p.m. Plenary Panel (English Lounge, room 4406)
CUNY Disability Scholars: Sarah Chinn, English, Hunter College; Ruth O’Brien, political science, Graduate Center; Victoria Pitts-Taylor, sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center; Joseph Straus, music, Graduate Center; Talia Schaffer, English, Queens College and the Graduate Center

7:30 p.m. Reception (Rooms 5409 and 5414)

Friday, 3/23

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 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Session One

CHALLENGING NORMATIVE COGNITION (Room 9204)
Moderator: Pamela Cushing, King’s University College
*Liza Zitelli, Fordham University, “From Extraordinary Bodies to Extraordinary Brains: Moby-Dick, Idiocy, and Cognitive Norms”
*Hillel Broder, CUNY Graduate Center, “Gesture in Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled: Theory of Mind, Interrupted”
*Kristi Tillett, University of Pennsylvania, “Narcoleptic Knowing: Descartes, Dreams, and Embodied Knowledge”

MYTH, PILGRIMAGE, ILLNESS NARRATIVE (Room 9205)
Moderator: Charlotte Thurston, CUNY Graduate Center
*Alexandra Cassatt Verini, Fordham University, “Physical and Mental Disability in the Thomas Becket Miracle Windows of the Trinity Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral”
*Lisa M. Tannenbaum, CUNY Graduate Center, “Extraordinary Body / Extraordinary Mind: Michel de Montaigne’s Journal du Voyage, a Mind & Body Journey”

DISABILITY AESTHETICS: TIME AND SPACE (Room 9206)
Moderator: Leon Hilton, New York University
*Amanda Cachia, California College of the Arts, SF, “What Can A Body Do?”
*Jared Berezin, Boston College, “Speak, Do Not Sing: Music as a Confrontation with Time in Nabokov’s Chronophobic World”
*Christopher Eng, CUNY Graduate Center, “Touching Crip Time and Queer Time: Reconfiguring Temporal Interdependence in Stop Kiss

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session Two

POLITICS OF/AND DISABILITY IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND (Room 9204)
Moderator: Mario DiGangi, CUNY Graduate Center
*Katherine Schaap Williams, Rutgers University, “Characterizing ‘Cripple’ and Disabling Performance in The Fair Maid of the Exchange
*Michael West, CUNY Graduate Center, “ ‘The Beast and the Man’: Machiavellianism, Madness, Possession and Political Agency in King Lear

DISABILITY AND THE VICTORIAN BODY (Room 9205)
Moderator: Anne C. McCarthy, CUNY Graduate Center
*Melina Alice Moore, CUNY Graduate Center, “ ‘ Living a Finished Life’: Disability and Masculinity in John Halifax, Gentleman and The Little Lame Prince
*Erin Spampinato, CUNY Graduate Center, “ ‘Lessons of Affliction’: Illness and Dependency in Mansfield Park
*Natalie Prizel, Yale University, “Producing Disability: Working Bodies in Mid-Victorian Culture”

GENDER, QUEERNESS, DISABILITY, POSTMODERNITY (Room 9206)
Moderator: Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania
*Theodora Danylevich, George Washington University, “Towards a Queer Femme Body Poetics: Cripping Pathological Styles of Relating in Como Esquecer / So Hard to Forget
*Alec Magnet, CUNY Graduate Center, “Fandom, Shame, and Identification in Morrisey’s ‘Disability-Chic Movement’”
*Erin English, Rutgers University, “(Post)Mods and Rockers: Subcultural Aesthetics, Disabled Girlhood, and Queer Becomings in We Are the Mods

INTERSECTIONALITY AND ACTIVISM (Room 9207)
Moderator: Mariette Bates, CUNY Disability Studies Program
*Alisha Vasquez, San Francisco State University, “¿Y Yo, Porque No?: Breaking the Black/White Binary in Disability Studies”
*Zoe C. Meleo-Erwin, CUNY Graduate Center, “Queer Bodies: Forging Strategic Connection Between Fatness and Disability”
*Akemi Nishida, CUNY Graduate Center, “Unlearning Abelism in Activism and Academia”

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Film Installation (Room 5307)

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Session

Brown Bag Seminar: Claire Curtis ~ Disability and Utopian Studies  (English Lounge, room 4406)

Or

Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Session Three

HISTORY, BODIES, MATERIAL CULTURE (Room 9204)
Moderator: Mia Chen, CUNY Graduate Center
*Nicole Belolan, University of Delaware, “ ‘A new four wheel carriage, constructed for an invalid’: Performing Gouty Ivalidism in Eighteenth-Century America”
*Crystal Yin Lie, University of Chicago, “Mobility and Rigidity: The Female Body and the 19th Century Orthopedic Gymnasium”
*Julia Gruson-Wood, York University, “Dishing Out Disability History”

CHILDREN AND DISABILITY (Room 9205)
Moderator: Pamela Cushing, King’s University College
*Rachel Lambert, CUNY Graduate Center, “The Feeling of Being a Certain Kind of Math Learner; Disability, Mathematics, and Seventh Grade Bodies”
*Kylah Torre, CUNY Graduate Center, “Exclusion of Students with Disabilities and the School Choice Movement”
*Elizabeth Scherman, University of Washington, “It’s ‘Penguin’ After All: The Audacity of Inclusivity in Children’s Cinema”

PERFORMING DISABILITY (Room 9206)
Moderator: Stefanie Jones, CUNY Graduate Center
*Jess Waggoner, Indiana University, “Identification, Abjection, and the Microcephalic Body: Performance at the Intersection of Mental and Physical Disability”
*Lex Lancaster, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Staging Witnesses: Sins Invalid’s Crip Queer Performance”
*Gili Hammer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel “Blindness and the Extraordinary Body: Challenging Binaries, Deconstructing Otherness”

CRIPPING COMMUNITY (Room 9207)
Moderator: Akemi Nishida, CUNY Graduate Center
*Park McArthur, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, “It’s Sort of Like a Big Hug: Notes on Collectivity, Conviviality, and Care”
*Eliza Chandler, University of Toronto, “Crip Community: Extraordinary Possibility”
*Kelly Fritsch, York University, “Crip Cuts: On the Boundary Work of Enacting Disability”

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Session Four

IDIOCY IN THE 19th CENTURY (Room 9204)
Moderator: James Berger, Yale University
*Kathryn B. Irving, Yale University, “To ‘be useful and happy’: the Massachusetts School for Idiotic Children, A New Solution for ‘idiocy,’ 1848 – 1883”
*Emily B. Stanback, CUNY Graduate Center, “William Wordsworth and the Aesthetics of Idiocy”

SOCIOLOGY OF / AND  PAIN (Room 9205)
Moderator: Barbara Katz Rothman, CUNY Graduate Center
*Lisa Pollich, CUNY Graduate Center, “Not Just a Headache: A Qualitative Study of Migraine Headaches in the Workplace”
*Misty Curreli, Stony Brook University, “Does Interaction with Complementary and Alternative Medicine Cultivate Self-Efficacious Patients?: Mapping the Pathways Toward Health for Chronic Pain Sufferers”

RELIGION & INCLUSIVITY (Room 9206)
Moderator: Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Brooklyn College
*Erinn Staley, Yale University, “Toward a Multisensory Epistemology: Intellectual Disability and Christian Theology”
*William Bradford, Harvard University, “Invisible Creations: Rethinking Liberation Theology and Disability”

4 p.m. Plenary Talk (English Lounge, room 4406)
“Her Left Foot: Gaby Brimmer and the American Routes of Disability Literature,” Rachel Adams, Columbia University

6 p.m. Keynote (Elebash Recital Hall)
“Why Disability? Or,Who Should and Should Not Inhabit the World?,” Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University; respondent Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University

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