University of Oregon Disability Studies Forum 2013

October 22, 2013
11:00 amto2:00 pm

Disability_ForumKnight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.

University of Oregon Disability Studies Forum 2013
Roundtable and Lunch featuring:
  • Professor Ann Fox, Associate Professor of English, Davidson College
  • Professor Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California at Berkeley

This informal lunch and roundtable features two distinguished guest speakers in the field of disability studies as well as presentations of research by UO faculty members and graduate students. Our goals for this event are to bring UO faculty and graduate student researchers into a discussion together about disability studies, to provide mentorship to graduate students working in the field, and to raise awareness of disability studies across the university. We will explore the kinships between disability studies and theater, environmental justice and toxic discourse, animal studies, queer theory, history, critical and special education, architecture, literature and mass media, medical humanities, the sociology of caregiving, philosophies of the body, theories of pain and affect, feminism, and ethnic and postcolonial studies.

Professor Ann Fox is an associate professor of English at Davidson College in North Carolina. Her scholarship has contributed greatly to the linkage between feminist and disability studies. Prof. Fox’s specialty is the American theater from the 19th century to the present. She is currently writing a book entitled Fabulous Invalids: Disability on the American Stage from Melodrama to Midcentury.

Professor Mel Y. Chen is an associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley and the author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke, 2012). In Animacies, Chen examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives. Chen’s book is the first to bring the concept of animacy together with queer of color scholarship, critical animal studies, and disability theory.

Sponsored by the University of Oregon Disability Studies Project, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Office of Academic Affairs, Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the Graduate School.