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Disability Studies


Alison Kafer

"LETTING JUSTICE FLOW" from "That Takes Ovaries"

Women: Amputated Desire, Resistant Desire: Female Amputees in the Devotee
Community. By Alison Kafer

"Compulsory Bodies: Reflections on Heterosexuality and Able-bodiedness," Alison Kafer in Journal of Women's History, 15.3

Brenda Jo Brueggemann

Literacy (particularly community literacies); Rhetoric; Qualitative research (particularly case study, ethnography, autoethnography); Deaf and Disability Studies. Author of Lend Me Your Ear: Rhetorical Constructions of Deafness and of essays and articles on pedagogy, qualitative research, literacy, rhetoric, deaf and disability studies. Co-editor and contributor of Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities. Series editor for Deaf Lives (autobiography and biography) for Gallaudet University Press.
Rhetoric and Compositon Professor

From a review of Lend Me Your Ear:
"From the outset of her investigation into the rhetoric surrounding deafness and deaf people, Brenda Jo Brueggemann cites the educator Quintilian's ideal of the vir bonus dicendi peritus, the good man speaking well. She highlights the equal importance in this model of the person being good and the "problems" that deafness poses for a culture that wonders how a deaf person can be taught to be good if he or she cannot "hear the wisdom of the ages." In Lend Me Your Ear she assesses the consequences of this age-old attitude that has resulted in a myriad of ongoing rhetorical constructions that are inextricably linked to the concept of speaking well and the following presumptions that denigrate deaf people." gupress.gallaudet.edu/BJBcompliments.html

Brueggemann's Vita

Carol Gill

  • Assistant Professor
  • Center Director, Chicago Center for Disability Research
  • Executive Officer, Society for Disability Studies Office

A disability studies scholar perspective:
“Carol J. Gill, Ph.D. is a clinical and research psychologist specializing in health and disability. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she teaches and provides leadership in disability studies curriculum development. She also directs the department¹s Chicago Center for Disability Research, through which she and colleagues conduct research, training and community service projects in the social sciences, emphasizing a disability studies approach and substantive direction by persons with disabilities at all levels. Since 1998, Dr. Gill has served as the Executive Officer of the Society for Disability Studies. Her research interests include disability identity development, health concerns and health service experiences of women with disabilities, disability bioethical issues and professional training. Her conceptual and research articles have been widely published in both professional journals and in the popular disability press.”

A disability community perspective:
“Carol J. Gill, Ph.D. is a clinical and research psychologist specializing in health and disability. Her professional positions have included Director of
Rehabilitation Psychology at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Acting Director of the Program on Disability and Society at the University of
Southern California, and Commissioner on mental health for the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities. She is currently President of the Chicago
Institute of Disability Research, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestem University Medical School, and
Research Chair of the Health Resource Center for Women with Disabiiities at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Her articles on disability issues
have been widely published in professional journals and books as well as the disability press. Identifying proudly as a woman with a disability' she uses
a motorized wheelchair for mobility and a nighttime ventilator.”

Carrie Sandahl

Carrie Sandahl, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Theater Studies, School of Theatre, Florida State University. Her academic research and theater practice explores the intersections between gender and disability identities as represented in the performing arts.

Sandahl, Carrie “Considering Disability: Disability Phenomenology’s Role in Revolutionizing Theatrical Space." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. 16.2 (Spring 2002): 17-32.

Sandahl, Carrie “Performing Metaphor: AIDS, Technology, and the Body.” Contemporary Theatre Review: The Performance of Disability Special Issue. Ed. Petra Kuppers. 11: 3-4 (2001): 49-60.

Introduction by Carrie Sandahl. "Seven Plays About Physical Difference" 22-28, American Theatre of April 2001

Sandahl, Carrie "Bob Flanagan: Taking It Like A Man." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. 15.1 (2000): 97-103.

Sandahl, Carrie “Ahhhh...Freak Out!: Metaphors of Disability and Femaleness in Performance.” Theatre Topics. 9.1 (1999): 11-30.

Mairian Corker

Corker, Mairian & Shakespeare, Tom (Eds)(2002) “Disability/Postmodernity: Embodying Disability Theory” Continuum (publisher)

Corker, M. and S. French (eds). 1999. “Disability Discourse”. Buckingham: Open University Press.

“Deaf and Disabled, or Deafness Disabled?: Towards a Human Rights Perspective” (Disability, Human Rights, and Society) by Mairian Corker, 1998: Open University Press

“Deaf Transitions: Images and Origins of Deaf Families, Deaf Communities and Deaf Identities”, Mairian Corker, 1996: Jessica Kingsley Publications

“Counselling - The Deaf Challenge” by Mairian Corker, 1995: Jessica Kingsley Publications

Rosemarie Garland Thomson

Thomson, Rosemarie Garland. (2000). Incorporating Disability Studies into American Studies http://www.georgetown.edu/crossroads/interests/ds-hum/thomson.html

Thomson, R.G. 1997. Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press.

Tanis Doe

DEW Research


Hearing, with Aids” by Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Ohio State University Currents in Electronic Literacy Spring 2001 (4)


Disability and Society (journal)
Disability & Society is an international journal providing a focus for debate about such issues as human rights, discrimination, definitions, policy and practices. It appears against a background of change in the ways in which disability is viewed and managed. Definitions of disability are more readily acknowledged to be relative; custodial approaches are seen as inadequate and unacceptable - placing greater emphasis on community care and integration. However, policy intentions may not have the desired effects on the realities of everyday practice and policy changes themselves may be merely cosmetic, or appropriate but unfounded. While publishing articles that represent all the professional perspectives, the journal also provides an opportunity for the consumers of the services to speak for themselves.

Sandahl, Carrie (2000) Against Consciousness-Raising: A Guest Column Access Expressed! (VSA of Massachusetts) May - August, 2000, Vol. 10, Issue #26

Thomson, Rosemarie Garland (1999) “The New Disability Studies: Tolerance or Inclusion”, ADFL Bulletin, 31, no. 1 (Fall 1999): 49-53


Annotated Disability Films compiled by Carrie Sandahl


Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal


Linton, S. (1998). “Claiming Disability: Knowledge and identity”. New York: New York University Press.

Morris, J. (1992). “Tyrannies of Perfection” (issue 233 - July 1992). new internationalist. [2001, August 10.2001].

Morris, Jenny. (1992) “Personal and Political: a feminist perspective on researching physical disability” in Disability, Handicap and Society Vol 7. No. 2. 157-166.

Morris, Jenny ( 1991) “Pride Against Prejudice: Transforming Attitudes to Disability” New Society Publishers, Philidelphia, PA.

O’Toole, C.J. (2003) The Sexist Inheritance of the Disability Movement. In Gendering Disability. Rutgers University Press, NJ. (earlier version)

Sherry, M. (2003). “Queer/Crip Theory: Transgressing the Margins”. Berkeley, CA: University of California at Berkeley.

Wendell, Susan (1993) “Feminism, Disability and Transcendence of the Body” in Canadian Woman Studies Vol 13. No.4 116-122.

Wilkerson, A. (2002). “Disability, Sex Radicalism, and Political Agency”. NWSA Journal, 14(3 (Fall)), 33-57.


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