We are pleased to announce Disability in the Academy, a series of workshops and events that will help us look at how disability is represented in our work and on campus. Leading Disability Studies scholars Drs. Susan Burch and Alison Kafer will facilitate sessions with faculty and staff during the week. Please consider joining us!
Wednesday, March 28 – 10am, SUMC Santa Cruz Room
Thursday, March 29 – 9am, SUMC Ventana Room
“Lessons for Every Body: Infusing Disability into Curricula and Research”
In this workshop, Susan Burch and Alison Kafer will introduce participants to disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that approaches disability as lived experience, as a category with a rich and complex history, and as a framework for analysis. Intended for faculty from across the University, this session offers participants the tools to integrate disability studies questions, methodologies, and perspectives into their own teaching and research.
Wednesday, March 28 -- 2pm, SUMC Ventana Room
“Disability and Intercultural Dexterity: Innovative Programming”
This session, facilitated by Susan Burch and Alison Kafer, introduces participants to disability history and culture, using these moments to demonstrate disability’s relationship to other identities and practices. Ultimately, this workshop offers innovative ways to expand disability inclusion in student affairs as part of our broader work in intercultural dexterity.
Susan Burch, Ph.D., is an associate professor of American studies and director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Middlebury College. The is the author of Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History, 1900 to World War II (New York University Press, 2002); the coeditor of Women and Deafness: Double Visions (Gallaudet University Press, 2006) and, with Alison Kafer, of Deaf and Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Gallaudet University Press, 2010). She also coauthored Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson (University of North Carolina Press, 2007) and served as editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of American Disability History (Facts on File, 2009). She was a co-founding member of the Disability History Association and currently serves on its Board of Trustees. Burch also has served on the Advisory Board of the Society for Disability Studies. She previously taught at Gallaudet University, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic), King’s College (Aberdeen, Scotland), and The Ohio State University. Burch maintains affiliation with the Smithsonian national Museum of American History, where she is co-curating a traveling exhibit on the history of disability in America.
Alison Kafer is Associate Professor and Chair of Feminist Studies at Southwestern University. Her work on gender, sexuality, and disability has been published in anthologies including Sex and Disability, Feminist Disability Studies, and Gendering Disability as well as in the Journal of Women's History. She served on the Advisory Board of the Society for Disability Studies and was a founding board member of Generations Ahead, a social justice advocacy organization proactively addressing the race, gender, class, sexuality, and disability dimensions of human genetic technologies. Her book Accessible Futures: Feminist, Queer, Crip is due out next year.