Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington Conference
A Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute Event
Please note: due to the enthusiastic response, the conference has been moved to a larger location at the MAC.
Registration for this event is now closed. Due to space limitations, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. If you would like to learn more about UTA's Minor in Disability Studies or if you would like to be notified about future disability studies events at UTA, please e-mail Dr. Sarah Rose at email@example.com.
This half-day conference will bring together faculty, students, and staff from across the UT Arlington campus and the Metroplex to explore the burgeoning new field of disability studies. This interdisciplinary field investigates the experiences of people with disabilities—one of the largest minorities in the United States and worldwide—as well as the ways in which conceptions and representations of disability and "the normal" have shaped human experiences more generally. Treating disability as a crucial element of human diversity, disability studies approaches disability as a social, cultural, and political construct rather than just as a medical condition (as it is commonly viewed).
Following lunch, scholars from History, Kinesiology, Art, Management, and Interior Design, among other disciplines, will offer brief presentations of their work in disability studies. The afternoon will conclude with an open discussion about ways to strengthen disability studies on campus and UT Arlington's new undergraduate minor in disability studies.
The conference will be open-captioned. For more information about this event or if you need a disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Dr. Sarah Rose in the Department of History by October 14th by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 817-272-2861. This conference is free, and all are welcome, including faculty, staff, students, and interested members of the public.
12:30-1:15 pm Lunch and welcome
• Beth Wright, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Sarah Rose, Director of the Minor in Disability Studies;
1:15-2:45 pm Panel #1: Defining Disability Studies
• Richard Scotch (Sociology, Public Policy & Political Economy at UT
• Elisabeth Cawthon (History), "Fat on Trial: A Hollywood Scandal"
• Sarah Rose (History): "Where Are the Disabled Workers?"
• Stephen Lapthisophon (Art+Art History): "Looking at Disability: Brokenness"
2:45-3:00 pm Break
3:00-4:30 pm Panel #2: Breaking Barriers
• Norma Figueroa (Architecture): "Barrier-Free Design and the Modern Movement in Architecture"
• Myrtle Bell (Management): "Factors Affecting Acceptance of Co-Workers
• Janet Morrow (Disability Studies; Art at Tarrant County College): "Dissecting Sweetie Pie: Disability Art and Embodiment"
• Abu Yilla (Kinesiology): "Disability Sport: The Future for Superior Sport Performance?"
4:30-5:00 pm Open discussion about strengthening disability studies at UTA
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