Feminist Lunch Lecture Series
“Feminist Studies and Disability Studies”
“In late nineteenth-century American cities, disabled people too disabled to work sometimes would beg, or, alternatively, sell their life stories so as to avoid charges of vagrancy, thereby “claim[ing] a visible means of support and thereby a legitimate authority”(The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public, 256). The demand for a life story is one that you’re familiar with – just think of your application to Wesleyan, which in one way or another needed to represent you as someone who deserved to be chosen. Someone who is disabled is called upon again and again and again to give an account of hirself: insurers and the ever vigilant eye of the government all demand such accounts, as do (in a different register but no less urgently) loved ones and friends. What does being disabled have to do with this call to account? How does a “life story” confer legitimacy? And how does feminism help us address these questions?”
- Date: Tuesday, May 3rd (Tomorrow!)
Time: Noon to 1:00pm
Place: Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center
Organized by FemNet; Sponsered by the Adelphic Educational Fund, FGSS Department, WesWell and SALD.
(This topic is especially pertinent given the recent controversies over the Disability Studies course cluster and the WSA, so I hope many of you can make it despite it being the last week of classes. And seriously, free lunch.)