MAPACA -- Disability Studies Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)

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Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Disability Studies is a recent and growing discipline that draws on work done in fields as diverse as history, health sciences, English, anthropology, women's studies, and education. Papers interested in exploring the lived experience of disability, social constructions of disability, or disability studies itself are all equally welcome. Following are some possible questions to consider: What gives a human life value? How does a culture's attitudes about disability reveal its most basic assumptions and ideologies? How does the lived experience of disability vary according to class, gender, race, sexuality, or culture? How have our definitions of disability changed over time? How does the media (mis?)represent people with disabilities? And what is often left out when we talk/teach disability studies?