Disability Theory

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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Announcing the Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Shaun Manning March 26, 2015

The 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 the study of disability a central […]

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Remembering Tobin Siebers

by Carolyn Darr February 5, 2015

Renowned scholar and disability studies theorist Tobin Siebers passed away January 29 in Ann Arbor. His long and distinguished publishing record included the field-defining books Disability Theory (2008) and Disability Aesthetics (2010), six other monographs, four edited collections, and a memoir, Among Men. MLive reports that Siebers, Professor of English and Art and Design at the University of Michigan, will be honored at a memorial service on February 6 at 2 p.m. in the ballroom of the Michigan League.  

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Simi Linton’s ‘Invitation to Dance’ to Screen at Moscow Film Festival

by Phillip Witteveen October 24, 2014

In 1971, Simi Linton was in a car accident. She lost her husband, her best friend, and the use of her legs. From that day on, she was in a new category. Once a dancer, a student, and an activist—now she would have to navigate all these social places as a disabled person, too—and in an America that didn’t quite know what to think of the disabled, culturally, institutionally. Basically, she did. And with so much personal inertia that she began to align a movement advocating for social justice in her wake. Linton holds a Ph.D., has authored several books, and is the […]

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Simi Linton announces ‘Invitation to Dance’ documentary

by Shaun Manning April 10, 2013

Simi Linton, whose memoir My Body Politic is a perennial favorite at the Press, has announced an upcoming documentary on “the avant-garde of disabled artists and radical thinkers.” Invitation to Dance is directed by Linton and Christian Von Tippelskirch, produced by Metuffer Films with grants from several prominent cultural organizations. From the website: At age 23, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted discrimination she couldn’t have imagined before. Simi emerges as a resourceful activist, and in time realizes that love, sexuality, and dance can once again […]

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