UPDATE: Only Human?: Medical Biology vs. The Social Model of Disability (1/10/07; SGES, 2/15/07-2/17/07)
13th Annual Southwest Graduate English Symposium
The Violent (Re)turn to Ethics?: Implications, Complications, and Situations
February 15-17, 2007
Arizona State University—Tempe Arizona
Southwest Graduate English Symposium – 2007
Only Human?: Medical Biology vs. The Social Model of Disability
In her 1999 book Female Forms, Carol Thomas suggests that disability studies and activism would benefit from a social model approach to definitions of disability, as opposed to the long-standing contention that disability, impairment, and its effects are biological, physiological, anatomical—in short, medical.
This panel seeks papers and presentations that engage, investigate, and/or complicate this debate. What is the most ethical way to engage these questions? How should we view disability and impairment? How does this debate affect the activism that is so vital to disability studies? Papers from a variety of perspectives are encouraged, and may include (but are not limited to): theoretical, literary, cultural, historical, economic, philosophical, and political.
Please plan a 15 minute presentation. Submit title and 300 word abstracts, with name, university affiliation, address, phone number(s), and email address to: asu2007symp_at_yahoo.com attention Cindi by January 10, 2007.
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