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You are warmly invited to the UM Disability Studies Group Inaugural Fall Lecture co-sponsored by the Visual Culture Workshop

Monday, September 1st, 2014


“Gender and Disability in Visual Culture”

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:00pm in Angell Hall Room 3222

Summary: One of the theoretical principles of cultural criticism is that representation structures reality. Representations are stories that make the world in a double way in that they tell us both about the world that is and the world that is becoming. This presentation examines disability in visual culture with a particular attention to representations and constructions of gender. It provides an analysis of how gender and disability intersect in several fields of representation, including popular media, portraiture, classical art, advertising, self presentation venues, film, and art photography. In it, I approach disability as a human variation produced by interaction of impairment with social environment and consider the ways in which gender and disability inflect one another as part of this interaction. My analysis will center on several images/artworks that demonstrate some of the variety of ways in which gender and disability intersect in contemporary visual and material culture.

followed by a

Lunch Workshop: “Bioethics and Disability Narrative”

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 11:30am in Angell Hall Room 3154

RSVP to Crystal Yin Lie ( for readings and lunch

Speaker biography: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of English at Emory University, where her fields of study are disability studies, American literature and culture, feminist theory, and bioethics. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities, broadly understood, to bring forward disability access, inclusion and identity to communities inside and outside of the academy. She is the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books. Her current book project is Habitable Worlds: Disability, Technology, and Eugenics.

The UM Disability Studies Group and Visual Culture Workshop are Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops and Interest Groups within the Department of English. For more information or accessibility concerns contact Crystal Yin Lie (

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