disability studies

Call for Submissions: 2022 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities!

by Briana Johnson May 12, 2022

                      About the Tobin Siebers Prize Submissions are now open for the 2022 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities. The prize is awarded in memory of disability studies pioneer Tobin Siebers, Professor of English at the University of Michigan and author of many influential books and articles in the field of Disability Studies. The prize is awarded yearly for the best proposed book-length manuscript on a topic of pressing urgency in the field (with the exception of 2020, due to the challenges presented by COVID-19). Reflecting on […]

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UM Press Annotates Disability Studies: Wrap Up

by Kristen Twardowski March 13, 2022
Hypothesis annotation by leahhardy, (edited 21 hours ago), March 6, Public. Quoted Text: The uncertain shifting between clear and less clearly defined “cases” suggests a combined approach in which the “undesirable” elements are by turns hidden beneath layers of hereditary possibility and exposed as irrevocable fact. Moreover, specific use of the term “seres indeseables” [undesirable beings] underscores the notion that eugenics can work to shape a purportedly better future society by literally preventing the existence of certain types of people. Annotation: This meditation on heredity makes me think about carrier screening and prenatal genetic testing as utilized in reproductive medicine today. These technologies are promoted as empowering reproductive freedom, but to what extent could eugenic forces underlie the push to make carrier screening and prenatal genetic screening/testing standard of care? #UMPAnnotates #DisabilityStudies

This week, UM Press Annotates wraps up a discussion of #DisabilityStudies that ranged from higher education, aesthetics in art history, to post-revolutionary Mexico. There is still space in the digital margins for your contribution to the #DisabilityStudies conversation. Consider these possibilities: Reflect on cjzander’s annotation on Academic Ableism. As educators, in what ways are we complicit in harming students? What can we commit to changing in our practice? Add image links to enrich Amanda Cachia’s chapter, “Disability Aesthetics,” in Sex, Identity, Aesthetics. Respond to leahhardy’s question about eugenic forces in prenatal screening. To read more about #DisabilityStudies, check out these […]

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UM Press Annotates Disability Studies: Embodied Archive

by Kristen Twardowski March 6, 2022

We’re continuing our UM Press Annotates #DisabilityStudies exploration this week with Susan Antebi’s award-winning Embodied Archive: Disability in Post-Revolutionary Mexican Cultural Production (University of Michigan Press, 2021). Winner of the 2021 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities, Antebi’s Embodied Archive weaves together literary and historical documents to create a rich tapestry of disability, race, and nation.  We invite readers to join us in annotating two chapters this week, from March 6th through 13th. We’ll begin with Antebi’s “Introduction: Contingent Disabilities” before turning to her fifth chapter, “Asymmetries–Injury, History, and Revolution.” Readers are also invited to contribute to […]

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UM Press Annotates Disability Studies: Sex, Identity, and Aesthetics

by Kristen Twardowski February 27, 2022

Welcome to week two of UM Press Annotates #DisabilityStudies. Last week, readers joined in annotating the margins of Jay Timothy Dolmage’s Academic Ableism: Higher Education and Disability Studies (University of Michigan Press, 2017).  We’re closing the month with a chapter from Jina B. Kim, Joshua Kupetz, Crystal Yin Lie, and Cynthia Wu’s edited collection, Sex, Identity, Aesthetics: The Work of Tobin Siebers and Disability Studies (University of Michigan Press, 2021). A pioneer of disability studies, Tobin Siebers has inspired contemporary disability scholars across disciplines. UM Press Annotates invites readers to share annotations for Amanda Cachia’s chapter, “Disability Aesthetics.” Cachia’s chapter […]

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UM Press Annotates Disability Studies: Academic Ableism

by Kristen Twardowski February 20, 2022

Welcome to our second month of UM Press Annotates. For the next four weeks, we invite readers to join us in annotating some of our open access ebooks around the theme of disability studies. We’re kicking off our disability studies exploration with Jay Timothy Dolmage’s Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education (University of Michigan Press, 2017). Academic Ableism asks us to center disability in the ways we think about higher education. Learn more about Academic Ableism in part 1 and part 2 of our interview with Dolmage. This week, UM Press invites readers to annotate Ch. 2, “The Retrofit.” In […]

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