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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.

Upcoming Disability Studies Research Workshops

November 13, 2020 @ 11:30 am | Zoom
Disability Studies Research Workshop: Joining Forces Research Colloquium – Lee K. Pennington, “Red, White, and Bruised: Japanese Disabled Veterans in the Wake of World War II”

October 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am | 532 Park Hall
Disability Studies Research Workshop: Jennifer Lambe, “Mind Wars: Psychiatry and Its Critics, 1960-1994”

May 8, 2019 @ 10:45 am | 330 Student Union (UB North Campus)
Madness, Violence, and Technologies of Care: A Symposium

November 9, 2018 @ 12:15 pm | 214 Parker – South Campus
Disability Studies Research Workshop: Neil J. Diamant, “The Expansion of Veteran Benefits in the 20th Century: How, Why and Where It Happened (Or Didn’t): An International Perspective”

March 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm | 120 Clemens Hall
POSTPONED: Disability Studies Research Workshop: Eunjung Kim, “Curative Violence: How to Inhabit the Time Machine with Disability”

November 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm | 280 Park Hall
Disability Studies Research Workshop: Wei Yu Wayne Tan, “Japan’s Hidden Nineteenth Century: Disability Perspectives on the Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Lives of Blind Women”

November 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm | UB Anderson Gallery
Movement, Publics, and Borders: A Roundtable Discussion

November 9, 2017 @ 12:15 pm | 214 Parker – South Campus
Disability Studies Research Workshop: Beth Linker, “The Great War and Modern Veteran Care”

November 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm | Starlight Studio & Art Gallery
Disability Studies Research Workshop: Book Celebration: “(Dis)Integration: Buffalo Poets, Writers, and Artists 2017”

October 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm | 280 Park Hall
Disability Studies Research Workshop: Akemi Nishida, “Rethinking Interdependence: Creating Community-Based Care Collectives Among Disabled People and their Allies”

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