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Disability Studies

Faculty Coordinator: Michael Rembis (History)

This group aims to offer broad exposure to innovative methodological and theoretical approaches to studying disability primarily in the humanities, with extensive collaboration in the social sciences, education, law, and the health sciences. It seeks to work with and expand the reach of UB’s Center for Disability Studies.

The Disabilities Studies Research Workshop responds to the increasing demand for an expansion of the programming that the CDS already supports. Given the influx of students in the M.A. program and the growing number of Ph.D. students in American Studies, English, History, and other departments who have indicated an interest in disability, the group brings scholars from various departments in the humanities together with interested community members to discuss the broad range of work in the field.

The Disability Studies in the Humanities Research Workshop (DSH) began during the 2013–2014 academic year. It has a flexible meeting schedule that is devoted to the discussion of “work in progress” and recently published work of both its members and of guest speakers from outside the UB. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the DSH created a Disability, Health, and Medicine Graduate Student Writing Group (DHM) that meets monthly throughout the academic year to discuss the work of its graduate student members. Paper presentations by graduate students include dissertation chapters, conference papers, journal articles, dissertation and book proposals, master’s theses and seminar papers. The DHM graduate student writing group currently has 14 members from across the UB.

Fall 2017 – coming soon

Spring 2017

Saturday, February 25, 8PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Avenue
Eli Clare, Reading from Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure.

Thursday, March 16

Catherine Kudlick

Friday, April 28

Allison Heinemann

Fall 2016

Thursday, October 13, 4PM
210 Student Union
Michael Gill
, Syracuse University, “Sexual Ableism and Intellectual Disability.”

Friday, November 11, 12:15 – 1:30PM
214 Parker
Jean N. Scandlyn, University of Colorado Denver, “Moving Toward a Holistic Approach to Active Duty and Veteran Reintegration.”

Friday, November 18, 8PM
Just Buffalo Literary Center, 468 Washington Street, 2nd floor
Brian Teare, Poetry and Discussion, with opening reading by Adam Mitts.

Disabilities Studies Archive