disability studies

2018 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Kathryn Beaton February 27, 2018

Ends on September 15, 2018   About the Tobin Siebers Prize Submissions are open now invited for the 2018 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities. The prize is awarded in memory of disability studies pioneer and University of Michigan faculty member Tobin Siebers (1954-2015). Siebers was author of many influential books and articles and co-chair of the University of Michigan’s Initiative on Disability Studies. The prize is awarded yearly for the best book-length manuscript on a topic of pressing urgency in the field. Reflecting on the work of the scholar the prize commemorates, the competition invites submissions […]

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Announcing Winner of 2017 Tobin Siebers Prize

by Kathryn Beaton January 10, 2018

The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce that the 2017 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities has been awarded to Elizabeth B. Bearden for her book manuscript Monstrous Kinds: Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability. Dr. Bearden lives in Madison, Wisconson, where she is a Professor of English at UW-Madison. She earned her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2006. Her first book, published in 2012 by the University of Toronto Press, is The Emblematics of the Self: Ekphrasis and Identity in Renaissance Imitations of Greek Romance. In her […]

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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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“Academic Ableism” Author Interview–Part 1

by Kathryn Beaton November 8, 2017

This University Press Week, we’re featuring an interview with Jay Timothy Dolmage. He’s an Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo and author of the forthcoming book Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education, which argues that inclusiveness allows for a better education for everyone. Today’s theme is “producing the books that matter,” and the larger theme of UP Week is #LookItUp: Knowledge Matters. We are proud to offer a large selection of disability studies books, and feel that they are essential to dispelling misconceptions. Hang tight for Part 2 of the interview when the book releases in December!   You […]

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Deadline is September 15th, 2017 for Tobin Siebers Prize

by Kathryn Beaton August 29, 2017

About the Tobin Siebers Prize The late Tobin Siebers was a University of Michigan professor of English, co-chair of the university’s Initiative on Disability Studies, and author of many influential books and articles. His colleague Petra Kuppers, remarking on his influence, commented  “His legacy lives on in his nourishing critical perspective, his passion and presence, and it will continue to thrive and grow in the thoughts his writings allow us to spin out.” To honor this legacy, the University of Michigan Press and the University of Michigan Department of English Language and Literature established The Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability […]

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