News and Events
Activities of Forum Members
Wednesday, January 30th, 5:00pm-6:30pm: Miguel Romero (Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame) will be presenting on "Aquinas on Disability and Cognitive Impairment" in DeBartolo 126. Miguel has been an active participant in the Workshop this year, and the lecture will draw on his dissertation, which makes important contributions to the reception and interpretation of Aquinas as well as to theological reflection on cognitive impairment.
Thursday, November 29th 2012, from 5:00-6:30 the ISLA-Mellon Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability will have a book event with Professor Alasdair MacIntyre to discuss the implications of Dependent Rational Animals for Disability Studies. Please contact Kevin McCabe for more information (email@example.com) for more information about ordering books. More details to follow.
Thursday, November 8th 2012, from 5:00-6:30, James Fetter, post-doctoral fellow in Political Theory will be presenting work from a current project. More details to follow.
Professor Thomas E. Reynolds' visit to the ISLA-Mellon Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability: "Theological Interventions in the Cult of Normalcy: Taking Account of Disability" from 5:00 to 6:30 in 118 DeBartolo on Thursday September 27th 2012. Thomas Reynolds is the author of Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality (Brazos Press, 2008) and is Associate Professor of Theology at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. His theological work engages recent scholarship in critical theory, continental philosophy, and disability studies, so the lecture should hold great appeal to scholars from a variety of disciplines.
Please contact Kevin McCabe with any questions, requests for accommodation and assistance or for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ISLA-Mellon Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability meets for the first time on Thursday, August 30th 2012 from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. in 119 O'Shaughnessy Hall for a discussion with Richard Cross, The Rev. John A. O'Brien Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department, University of Notre Dame. We will be reading and discussing Professor Cross' recent article, "Disability, Impairment, and Some Medieval Accounts of the Incarnation: Suggestions for a Theology of Personhood" (Modern Theology 27.4). The article should be of great interest to those working in philosophy, theology, history, and contemporary disability studies. Please read it in preparation for the discussion. Contact Kevin McCabe for more information (email@example.com).
Essaka Joshua has won the Society for Disability Studies Tyler Rigg annual award for the best paper published in Disability Studies Quarterly in the field of literary disability studies. The award will be presented at the Business Meeting of the SDS on June 20-23, 2012. See the news article.
Essaka Joshua will be chairing a panel at the Society for Disability Studies annual conference in Denver (June 20-23, 2012). The panel is on Disability Arts and Culture. She will be delivering a paper entitled “Opening the closet: Rediscovering accessible drama through the Crip Slam ND Disability Access Project”. Other papers include "Decoding the code of the freaks: A film-in-progress, Carrie Sandahl (University of Illinois at Chicago); “From the lab to the literary and back again: Using disability arts in an interdisciplinary course on representations of HIV/AIDS” Ann Fox (Davidson College), and “Poetry-ing: Feminist disability aesthetics and performance poetry communities” Petra Kuppers (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).
Candida Moss will be presenting a paper titled “Christly Possession and Weakened Bodies: A Reconsideration of the Function of Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh (2 Cor. 12:7-10)” in the Disability and the Bible Section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, July 22-26, 2012, in Amsterdam.
Michael Mawson proposed (and will chair) a panel at the American Academy of Religion conference in November, 2012 in Chicago. The panel is called “Disability and the Christian Tradition.” This will focus on the forthcoming reader by Brian Brock and John Swinton of the same name. The panel is being co-sponsored by the Religion and Disability Group and the Teaching Religion section.
Prof. Encarnación Juárez-Almendros, Chair of the MLA Division on Disability Studies will be chairing a panel on Disability Studies Methodologies at the MLAAnnual Convention in Boston 3-6 January, 2013. The papers include: “Disability Studies: Between Reality and Representation” Allison G. Cattell, University of Waterloo; “Galerie de Difformité: Disability Studies as Interdisciplinary Intervention” Gretchen E. Henderson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; “Beyond Analogy: Disability, Intersectionality, and Supplementarity” Ellen Samuels, University of Wisconsin, Madison; “Approaches to Teaching the Spanish Renaissance from the Disability Studies Perspective” Encarnación Juárez-Almendros, University of Notre Dame. There are further panels at this conference on “Interiorities of disability” and on Disability and Poetic Traditions.
Michael Mawson is giving a paper at the Society of Christian Ethics conference in January, 2013 in Chicago: “When Others Dress You and Lead You Where You Don’t Want to Go: The Challenge of the Elderly for a Theology of Disability.”