Reevaluating Disability in Film and Media (Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2024 Conference)

deadline for submissions: 
August 7, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Sarah Delahousse, York College-CUNY

Physical and mental disability traditionally garners impressions of helplessness, asexuality, and invisibility that certainly extend to popular media. However, these attitudes have been challenged in recent years with the demand for more inclusive representations through diverse lenses. This panel aims to reexamine the representation of disability in film, TV and other media beyond education to consider the theoretical , cultural, aesthetic and historical implications that disability conveys as a site for reconsidering identity and body politics, often through transgression.


Some potential topics include but are not limited to:

Disability Questioning Gender Norms

Disability and Conflicts between Dominant and Marginalized Groups

Disability and Race/Class/Sexuality

Disability in Genre

Disability within an International or Transnational Context

Disability and Social/Cultural Transgression in Film and Other Media Before the 21st Century


Please send a 250-300 word abstract with a 3-5 source bibliography and a brief (100 word) bio to Sarah Delahousse at by August 7th. Authors will be notified by August 10th.