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Interview with Molly Wallace, author of “Risk Criticism”

by Kathryn Beaton October 15, 2018

Our author Molly Wallace, author of Risk Criticism: Precautionary Reading in an Age of Environmental Uncertainty, recently answered a few questions for us. Dr. Wallace is Associate Professor of English at Queen’s University.   You recently won the Alanna Bondar Memorial Prize, from the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada—congratulations! The committee was interested in “works with a broad appeal within and beyond environmental humanities…books with the potential to engage a broader public.” What is it about your book that you think appeals to non-environmentalists?    Well, the “environmental humanities” to which the committee refers is itself a […]

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“Academic Ableism” Author Interview–Part 2

by Kathryn Beaton December 15, 2017

Check out Part 2 of our interview with Jay Timothy Dolmage. He’s an Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo and author of the newly released book Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education, which argues that inclusiveness allows for a better education for everyone. We are proud to offer a large selection of disability studies books, and feel that they are essential to dispelling misconceptions. Find Part 1 of the interview here.   You write about how, for many years, “disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to […]

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Announcing Winner of 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize and 2017 Call for Entries

by Jenny Geyer February 7, 2017

The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce that the 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities has been awarded to Shelley L. Tremain for her book manuscript Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability. Dr. Shelley L. Tremain lives in Hamilton, Ontario, holds a Ph.D. from York University (Canada), has taught in Canada, the U.S., and Australia, and publishes widely on philosophy of disability, Foucault, feminist philosophy, and bioethics. Dr. Tremain is also a coordinator of the blog Discrimination and Disadvantage. In her manuscript, Tremain critiques mainstream philosophers for their assumption that disability is a prediscursive, […]

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Interview with Author Anne McGuire on Autism Awareness and Accessibility in Publishing

by Sam Killian April 18, 2016

Disability studies scholar Anne McGuire’s War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence takes a critical look at autism awareness campaigns.  Scheduled for publication next month, the book will be the first to follow the Press’s new accessibility guidelines. Below the author discusses her goals for the book and how she worked to ensure its accessibility for readers with print disabilities. April is Autism Awareness Month. What is the relationship of your book to autism awareness campaigns, and did you have particular audiences in mind when you wrote it? War on Autism takes a critical look at mainstream […]

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Seeing Beyond Amazing: Is Sesame Street really changing the way we understand autism?

by Sam Killian December 14, 2015

This is a guest post by Anne McGuire, author of the University of Michigan Press forthcoming title, War on Autism. Seeing Beyond Amazing: Is Sesame Street really changing the way we understand autism? The Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, made international headlines and lit up social media last month with the introduction of its newest Muppet character, Julia. With wispy orange hair and bright green eyes, Julia is, according to Sesame: “a preschool girl with autism who does things a little differently when playing with her friends”. Julia is more than a just another person in the neighbourhood, […]

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