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Symposium - May 17 & 18, 2019

2019 Pacific & Western Disability Studies Symposium

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The Disability Studies program at Eastern Washington University is pleased to host a two-day symposium focusing on the place of Disability Studies principles and disability rights practices within the everyday life of diverse communities and across academic curricula.

While the symposium is open to all sorts of work, we especially invite those addressing how Disability Studies contributes to existing and developing communities and how Disability Studies can benefit professional and practice-based education programs and policy. Submission proposals include, but not limited to, individual papers, panels, workshops, posters, artwork, film, photography, and architecture/design.

This event is free and is open to the public, however registeration is required.

 May 17-18th, 2019

EWU Riverpoint Campus; 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Spokane, WA 99202

Alison Kafer, PhD

Disability Studies scholar focusing upon the intersection of feminism, queerness, and disability.Alison Kafer is an associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies and English at the University of Texas at Austin, where she holds the Embrey Professorship in Women's and Gender Studies. She is the author of Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana, 2013), and her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Disability Studies Quarterly, Feminist Disability Studies, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Sex and Disability, and South Atlantic Quarterly. Along with Mel Chen, Eunjung Kim, and Julie Avril Minich, she is co-editing a volume on crip genealogies.

Nirmala Erevelles, PhD

Expert in how social oppression exists due to racial, socioeconomic, and physiological diversity.Nirmala Erevelles is Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Alabama.  Her research focuses on the unruly, messy, unpredictable, and taboo body in the intersecting areas of disability studies, critical race theory, transnational feminism, sociology of education, and postcolonial studies. Her book, Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Towards a Transformative Body Politic was published by Palgrave in November 2012 and was awarded the Critic's Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript tentatively entitled Cripping Empire: Theorizing Intersectionality as if Black and Disabled Lives MatterDr. Erevelles was awarded the Nelly Rose McCrory Faculty Excellence Award for Exemplary Research in the College of Education in April 2015 and the University of Alabama President's Research Award in January 2016. In 2018, she was awarded the Senior Scholar Award by the Society for Disability Studies.

Dave Reynolds, BA

Accessibility Ambassador, Access4All Spokane

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