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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

The Issue of Embodiment

Most often when people hear the term disability they envision individuals who, are often depicted as not being able to engage in “normal” activities, because of their “abnormal” bodily or intellectual “deficit”. Disability Studies or Theory is focused on the idea that, the inability of people with impairments to engage in “normal” activities is an outcome of the formation of barriers by the non-disabled majority. Disability theorists view disability through a social oppression lens, both physical and attitudinal barriers placed on disabled individuals by their non-disabled counterparts limit the world around them. There is a great deal of linkage between queer theory (which focuses on variations of sexual and gender identity) and disability theory regarding embodiment and representation. These cutting edge ideas regarding the two theories can add much to the discipline of feminism.

Presenter: Lauren Burdett (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 10 am (Session I)