Composing Disability 2015-2016


Thursday 7 April 2016

1:00-2:30: KEYNOTE (Jack Morton Auditorium)

LaDonna Redmond:
"Beyond the plate: Using food as a tool to end oppression" 

3:00-4:15: Session: “Environmental Justice” (Jack Morton Auditorium)

Joshua Kupetz (University of Michigan):
“Disability Ecologies, Urban Infrastructures, and Generic Fictions: or Watching the Detectives in Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist (1999) and Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn (1999)”

Jessica Cowing (College of William and Mary):
“Dis/ability, Indigeneity, and Future Ecologies in Avatar

Maria Junttila Carson (Syracuse University):
“Affects of Bodies, Flowers, and God”

    4:45-6:00 Roundtable: “Biopolitics: Law, Life, Land, Love” (Jack Morton Auditorium)

    Sponsored by GW MEMSI (Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute)

      Sunaura Taylor
      Susan Antebi

      Friday 8 
      April 2016

      9:30-10:45 Session: “Media Ecologies” (Jack Morton Auditorium)

      Shannon Wooden (Missouri State University):
      “‘Once Big Oil, Always Big Oil’: Disability and Sustainability in Pixar’s Cars 2”

      Samuel Yates (GWU):
      “Divergent Cripistemologies: Biosocial Assessments of Atypicality”

      Kellie White (George Mason University):
      “Mormon Sex Lives: Discourses on Disability, Capitalism, and Sexuality”

        11:15-12:30 KEYNOTES (Jack Morton Auditorium)

        Susan Antebi (University of Toronto):
        “Healthy Objects, Hygienic Futures: Medical Inspection and the Built Environment in Mexico”

        Sunaura Taylor (NYU):
        “Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation”

        12:30-2:00 LUNCH (not provided)

        2:00-3:00 Student Panel (Jack Morton Auditorium)

        Rodrigo Duran (GWU):
        “‘You See, I Too Have A Handicap’: Disability and The Doom Patrol

        Yona Weissman Fabra (GWU):
        “Speaking Up on ‘Autism Speaks’”

        Maria Wilhoit (GWU):
        “Disabled People and the Holocaust: Reflections on Germany and its T4 Memorial Sites”

        Rebecca Hurd, Jacob Ramos, and Peyton Swift (GWU):
        “The Hard Worker Conundrum”

          3:30-4:45 Breakout session: “Crip Environments, Toxic Ecologies” (Jack Morton Auditorium)

          Derek Newman-Stille (Trent University) and Haylie Swenson (GWU):
          “Desiring Animal-Mediated Environments: ‘Fake’ Guide Dogs and the Work of the Pet”

          Louise Hickman (University of California, San Diego):
          “Distributing Crip Sociality”

          M.W. Bychowski (GWU):
           “Toxic Environments: the Place and Genre of the Transgender Suicide Note”

          3:30-4:45 Breakout session: “Crip/Queer Embodiments” (Media & Public Affairs 132)

          Sukshma Vedere (GWU):
          “Re-Writing Gender and Madness in Cereus Blooms at Night

          Kevin Gotkin (University of Pennsylvania):
          “Breathing Techniques”

          Sharon Snyder and David Mitchell (GWU):
          “Precarity and Cross-Species Identifications: Autism, Crip/Queer Bodies, and the Critique of Normative Cognition”

            5:15-6:30 Roundtable: “Digital Amphibians: Parallel Lives and Media Publics” (Jack Morton Auditorium)

            Sponsored by the GW Digital Humanities Institute

            • Alexis Lothian (University of Maryland), fandom, social justice, digital media 
            • David Perry (Dominican University), disability journalist and activist/author 
            • Rachel Vorona Cote, freelance writer 
            • Alice Wong (virtually from UCSF), Founder of the Disability Visibility Project

            7:00 Poetry Reading (Smith Hall of Art, Gallery 102)

            • Cathy Eisenhower
            • Tolonda Henderson     
            • Mel Nichol

            Composing Disability 2013-2014


            Jonathan Hsy
            Thursday, April 3, 2014

            12:00pm-1:00pm Registration (SMPA Lobby)

            1:00pm-2:30pm WELCOME REMARKS AND KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (Jack Morton Auditorium)

            Katie Rose Guest Pryal, “Authority Lost: The DSM-5’s Fall From Legal Grace”


            Leslie Freeman, “Undone: Meditations on Grief and Longing”

            Bethany Stevens, “Orgasmic Freedom: Cripping Sex and Speaking Shame”

            David Mitchell, “Disability, Sexual Prohibition, and the Politics of Atypicality”

            4:15pm-5:30pm CONTESTED BOUNDARIES: THE RESTRAINTS OF THERAPY (Jack Morton Auditorium)

            Brad Lewis, “Narrative Identity, Pharmaceutical Marketing, and Mental Health Liberation”

            Anna Mollow (in absentia) and Merri Lisa Johnson, “Mad Feminism: The Coalitional Politics of DSM-CRIP”

            8:00pm-10:00pm EVENING BOOK TALK (Marvin Center Amphitheater)

            Ellen Forney, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me


            Friday, April 4, 2014

            8:30am-9:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast (SMPA Lobby; SMPA Art Gallery Lobby)

            9:30am-10:45am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (Jack Morton Auditorium)

            Karen Nakamura, “Barrier-Free Brothels and Call-Girls for Crips: Debates about Access to Sex and Sexual Release Services for Men with Disabilities in Japan”

            11:00am-12:15pm DISABILITY (IN)EXCLUSION: THE LIMITS OF HISTORY (Jack Morton Auditorium)

            Jonathan Hsy, “Rethinking the Contact Zone: Hearing and Deaf Medieval Monks”

            TherĂ­ A. Pickens, “New Body Politics and Political Flesh”

            Linda Ware, “Getting to ‘Yes’ in a Racist ‘Past’ and Ableist ‘Active’ Present”

            12:30pm-1:45pm Lunch (Lisner Hall Conference Center, Second Floor)

            2:00pm-3:15pm FUTURES OF ACCESS AT GWU (Jack Morton Auditorium)

            Brittanie Pierce, “Perceptions Role in Diagnosis and Success for Students with Invisible Disabilities”

            Jaggar DeMarco, “A Complete Engagement with Higher Education”

            Danica Gonzalves, “Mental Illness and Withdrawal from Higher Education: Providing Adequate Support for College Students with Mental Illness”

            Jackson Richman, “Disabilities: Enabling TAs”

            3:30pm-5:00pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (Jack Morton Auditorium)

            Ann Cvetkovich and Abby Wilkerson, “Public Feelings, Disability Studies, and Feeling Bad: A Conversation”

            5:00pm-5:15pm CLOSING REMARKS (Jack Morton Auditorium)

            6:00pm-8:00pm RECEPTION AND DIAGNOSIS, INTERRUPTED: A POETRY PERFORMANCE (Gelman Library, 302)

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