March 08, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Rosemarie Garland-Thomson will give the talk, "Disability Studies," Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is presented as the 2013 Women's and Gender Studies Distinguished Visiting Lecture.

"What we as a society think of as disability and what we think about disability changes over time in response to social and political developments," said Garland-Thomson of her talk.

"This presentation surveys a range of disability stories, which are cultural narratives and metaphors that interpret the human variations we think of in our present moment as disabilities. It highlights the shifts in understandings of disability and people with disabilities that result from cultural changes over the 20th and 21st centuries in response to civil and human rights initiatives, technology, and consumerism."

Garland-Thomson is professor of women's studies at Emory University, where her fields of study are feminist theory, American literature, and disability studies. Her work develops the field of disability studies in the humanities and women's and gender studies and seeks to bring an understanding of disability issues and identities to communities within and outside of the academy.

She is the author of Staring: How We Look and Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Literature and Culture; co-editor of Re-Presenting Disability: Museums and the Politics of Display and Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities; and editor of Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. Her current book project, Habitable Worlds: Eugenic Space and Inclusive Space, places materialist analysis of the built environment in conversation with eugenic practices and thought.

While at Bucknell, Garland-Thomson will participate in a faculty colloquium luncheon, examining "The Case for Conserving Disability."

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