Keynote by Jina B. Kim and Sami Schalk
“Integrating Race, Transforming Feminist Disability Studies.”
What would feminist disability studies look like if it were grounded in feminist of color theory? In this talk, we demonstrate how feminist of color writing, theory, and activism can offer new approaches and sites of analysis for feminist disability studies, advancing a framework that we call feminist-of-color disability studies. Feminist-of-color disability studies is an intellectual, theoretical, and political project that simultaneously acknowledges existing critical race work in feminist disability studies, claims work in feminist of color scholarship not recognized as disability studies, and sets forth an agenda to transform feminist disability studies by drawing attention to how its unacknowledged whiteness has shaped the boundaries and methods of the field thus far.
Jina B. Kim is an assistant professor of English and the study of women and gender at Smith College. Her research engages the intersections of feminist disability, feminist-of-color, and ethnic US literary studies. Her manuscript, Anatomy of the City: Race, Disability, and US Fictions of Dependency, examines the discourse of public dependency in the literary-cultural afterlife of 1996 US welfare reform. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Disability Studies Quarterly, Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities (University of Nebraska Press), and Asian American Literature in Transition (Cambridge University Press).
Sami Schalk is an assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on disability, race and gender in contemporary American literature & culture. Schalk’s first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction, was published by Duke University Press in 2018. She is currently working on a second book on disability politics in post-Civil Rights black activism.
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Co-sponsored by Disability Studies, the Disability Studies Graduate Student Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Life Multicultural Center, the Department of Comparative Studies and Project Narrative, the Graduate Association for Mental Health Action and Advocacy, the English Graduate Organization, the Graduate Association of Diversity Educators, the Office of the ADA Coordinator, and M+A Architects.