disability studies

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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U-M Press Ebook Accessibility Working Group Annual Report

by Charles Watkinson August 9, 2017

U-M Press’ EBook Accessibility Working Group continues to make progress towards increasing the accessibility of the Press’ digital content and user experience. During the last year the group, working with authors and Press editors, created 4 fully-accessible titles (which includes alternative text and long descriptions of all images in the narrative) in the Press’ Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Book Series. The Working Group continues to evaluate and iterate upon the Press’ existing production workflows to make the creation of accessible EBooks an efficient process that can be extended to all U-M Press titles in the future. In addition to its work […]

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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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University of Michigan Hosts Workshop on Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications

by Jonathan McGlone December 21, 2016
Photograph of a small group discussion during the Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications Workshop

On December 5 and 6, 2016, the University of Michigan Library and Press, with the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, hosted a workshop in Ann Arbor on Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications. The description of visual resources is a crucial component of accessible digital publications, as it affords access to the information contained in images for the many people with disabilities that affect reading, and improves the sustainability and discoverability of visual content. The purpose of this workshop was to foster dialog among the many groups concerned with describing visual resources—invited experts from academic and […]

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Interview with William Cheng, winner of the 2016 AMS Philip Brett Award

by Sam Killian November 11, 2016

We at University of Michigan Press are pleased to share that William Cheng’s new book, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good, received this year’s Philip Brett Award from the American Musicological Society. Philip Brett (1937–2002) was a beloved professor and a pioneer of queer music scholarship. The book, an urgent treatise on the ethical stakes of contemporary musical scholarship and citizenship, was celebrated during the AMS annual meeting. During this meeting (which happened to take place this year in Cheng’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia), the Society praised Just Vibrations, calling it “a nuanced and intersectional work that meets concerns […]

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