VariAbilities I 2013


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, andClassical 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


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, Germany,

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


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


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


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