Meet an IAS Collaborative: Critical Disability Studies Research Colloquium


Critical Disability Studies Colloquium

2020–2021 Research and Creative Collaborative

Gail Dubrow; 
Architecture and Landscape Architecture, CDes; Public Affairs & Planning, HHH; History, CLA
Erin L. Durban; Anthropology, CLA
Jessica Horvath Williams; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, CLA
Liz Thomson; Equity, Diversity & Intercultural Programs, UM-Morris


IMAGE CAPTION: Critical Disability Studies Research Colloquium Presenters for 2020-2021. Clockwise from top left: Jina B. Kim, Sara M. Acevedo, Jessica Horvath Williams, Rachel Presley, Erin L. Durban, and Jennifer Row. 


Over the 2020–2021 academic year, the IAS Collaborative Critical Disability Studies Research Colloquium is hosting six research presentations with accompanying methodologies workshops in critical disability studies.
The presentations feature cutting-edge intersectional and transnational scholarship by junior scholars at the University of Minnesota and beyond. The initial lecture by Jina B. Kim (Smith College), “Cripping the Welfare Queen: The Radical Potential of Disability Politics?” had nearly 200 attendees. The second event of the fall semester highlighted University of Minnesota assistant professor Erin L. Durban’s research on critical disability studies approaches to environmental injury in the Anthropocene. The remaining event for this semester will take place from 12:30-2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4. Sara M. Acevedo from Miami University will present, “Unpredictable Embodiment and the Limits of (This)Order.” Our spring presenters are Jessica Horvath WilliamsRachel PresleyJennifer Row, and Gail Dubrow’s disability and public history graduate group at the University of Minnesota.
The Critical Disability Studies Research Colloquium is part of a more than five-year effort to build capacity in and institutionalize critical disability studies at the University of Minnesota, with reading groups, symposia, teaching workshops, other programs, and courses, working toward creating an undergraduate program in the field. The colloquium is co-sponsored by the Critical Disability Studies Collective, the Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (RIGS) Initiative, the Department of American Studies and the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

This series features an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative. Each profile is written by the group as a way to share their projects, goals, and experiences as part of their time supported by the IAS.



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