Disability Theory

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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Celebrating 20 Years of Corporealities

by Charles Watkinson October 11, 2016

On October 11 author Ann McGuire gives the inaugural Tobin Siebers Prize Lecture at the University of Michigan. Professor McGuire is the winner of the inaugural Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies, named in honor of the pioneering scholar and father of disability studies. In the blog post below, Professor David Mitchell of George Washington University, co-editor of the successful book series Corporealities (in which McGuire’s book appears) reflects on the series’ contribution to the field. Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Series Overview will turn 20 years old in 2017. It is now the longest running academic book series devoted exclusively […]

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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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2016 Call for Submissions: Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Charles Watkinson January 30, 2016

Submissions are now invited for the 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities The work of the late Tobin Siebers has influenced Disability Studies in field-shifting ways since the publication of his prize-winning essay “My Withered Limb” in 1998. His subsequent scholarly publications including the books Disability Theory (2008) and Disability Aesthetics (2010) as well as essays such as “A Sexual Culture for Disabled People” (2012) quickly became pivotal works in the field. Siebers’s work has galvanized new scholarship in relation to questions of representation, subjectivity, and the entry of non-normative bodies into public space, and made […]

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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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