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VariAbilities 2013

Decatur, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.



Wednesday 3rd July



Check-in begins at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Decatur, GA




Thursday 4th July


8.30-9.00 Continental Breakfast


9.00-9.30 Welcome: Chris Mounsey


This and all sessions will be in the

Conference Suite (Henry Oliver F)




9.30-11.00 Panel Session 1: The Early History of Disability


Chair: Madeline Sutherland-Meier, University of Texas at Austin


·       Adleen Crapo, University of Toronto - Exemplary Embodiment: Cervantes, Milton, and Classical Culture.

·       Wendy Turner, Augusta State University - Medieval Mental Health: An Overview.

·       Jamie Kinsley, Auburn University - Religious Poetry and the Voice of Chronic Pain in Bannerman’s ‘Ode III: To Pain’: Implications for Eighteenth-Century Disability Studies.




11.00 – 11.15 Break




11.15-12.30 Plenary Session 1:


Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University - Disability Things.




12.30-2.30 Lunch




2.30-4.00 Panel Session 2: Disabling Science


Chair: Miriam Wallace, New College of Florida


·      Claire Laville - Emory University - Apart from Experience: In Gertrude Stein’s Laboratory.

·       Stan Booth, University of Winchester - Paralysis: From Care to Cure.

·      Aimi Hamraie, Emory University - Universal Design: Redefining the Range.


4.00-4.30 Break




4.30-6.00 Panel Session 3: Keywords:

Towards a Critical Vocabulary of Disability Studies


Chair: Adam Newman, Emory University


·      Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University - Keywords: Not an Encyclopedia.

·      Benjamin Reiss, Emory University - Keyword: Disability.

·      David Serlin, University of California, San Diego - Representing Disability Studies.




Friday 5th July


8.30-9.30 Continental Breakfast




9.30-11.00 Panel Session 4: Body Shape




Chair: Jason Farr, University of California – San Diego




·       Paul Kelleher, Emory University - Deformity: Moral and Corporeal.

·      Miriam Wallace, New College of Florida - Oration and the Awkward Body: Satirizing Speakers from 1750–1790.

·       Susanne Hamscha, University of Goettingen - Crip Aesthetics: Failure, Negativity, and the Freakish Body.




11.00 – 11.15 Break




11.15-12.30 Plenary Session 2:



Michael Davidson, University of California, San Diego - The Rage of Caliban: Missing Bodies in Modernist Aesthetics.




12.30-2.30 Lunch




2.30 – 4.00 Panel Session 5: Nineteenth-Century Disability



Jamie Kinsley, Auburn University


·      Corey Goergen, Emory University - “Who am I! only a Freke!”: Contagious Monstrosity in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda.

·      Jill Summerville, Ohio State University - Bitter Weeds and Rue: Physical Desire and Desirability in Elizabeth Barrett.

·      Clare Walker-Gore, Cambridge University - “Am I Really Deformed?”: Disability as a Social Construct in the Novels of Dinah Mulock Craik.


4.00 – 4.30 Break




4.30 – 6.00 Panel Session 6: Iberia





Jared Richman, Colorado College




·      Eduardo Gregori, University of Wisconsin, Marathon County – Corporeality, Subjectivity and the Avant-Garde: Ramón Gómez de la Serna.

·       Janet Ravenscroft, Independent Scholar - Picturing Difference in Early Modern Spain.

·      Madeline Sutherland-Meier, University of Texas at Austin - Toward a History of the Blind in Spain.




Saturday 6th July


8.30-9.30 Continental Breakfast




9.30 – 11.00 Panel Session 7: Contemporary Versions of Disability



George Gordon-Smith, Emory University


Chris Mounsey, University of Winchester - VariAbility: Towards a Discourse of the Body.

Sian Bride, University of Winchester - Embodying the Abnormal: Exploring the Legality and Sexuality of Difference/ Disability Through the Tattooed Body.

Amanda Cachia, University of California, San Diego - The Abject Disabled Misplaced in Contemporary Art.


11.00 – 11.15 Break




11.15-12.30 Plenary Session 3: Helen Deutsch, University of California, Los Angeles


Disability, Irony, Untimeliness: The Lateness of Jonathan Swift




12.30 – 2.30 Lunch




2.30 – 4.00 Panel Session 8: Defining Disability




Chair: Corey Goergen, Emory University




·       Victoria Brown, Northumbria University - “Rendered incapable of use”: Competing Definitions of Disability Amongst Coal Miners in the North East of England, 1862-1936.

·      Jason Farr, University of California – San Diego - Seeing Sound: Deafness in the Early Eighteenth Century.

·      Jared Richman, Colorado College - Disabling Authority: Stutterance and Royal Elocution in Eighteenth-Century Britain.


4.00 – 4.15 Break




4.15 – 5.45 Panel Session 9: American Disability


Chair:Stan Booth, University of Winchester


·       George Gordon-Smith, Emory University,Disability and the Middle Passage: Ambiguous Impairment and the Production of Dependence on the Slave Ship

·       Laurel Daen, College of William & Mary,The Dis/Abilities of Martha Ann Honeywell: A Case Study in Self-Presentation in Antebellum America

·      Adam Newman, Emory University,Rolling Through the Holy City on a Goat-Cart: Race, Mobility, and the Disabled Black Flâneur in Dubose Heyward’s Porgy




5:45-6.00 Closing Remarks