Critical Approaches to Disability Workshop: Part 1

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Disability Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8212, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Sara Loftus, Catherine Jampel
Chairs: Catherine Jampel

Call for Submissions

We are discussing work in geography that takes a critical approach to disability and ableism. We seek participants who are thinking about, working through, or have answers to offer about questions such as:

Which critical approaches to disability in geography and in and around disability studies have you found useful? How have you operationalized these insights in the social sciences, given that disability studies leans toward the humanities?
How have you linked other critical approaches in geography, whether long-standing (e.g. feminist geography) or emerging (e.g. abolitionist political ecology), to critical approaches to disability?
What do geographical concepts such as place and scale offer critical studies of disability?
How do geographers participate in and contribute to conversations about the intersection of disablement and geopolitics (Puar 2017)? To the production of disability identity and experience in a range of places, such as intimate geographies of the home (Sarrett 2015) or public spaces of encounter (Wiesel and Bigby 2014)? And how might geographers' further contribute to these conversations?

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Sponsored by the Disability Specialty Group and Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group

Organizers: Catherine Jampel (Clark University, Worcester, MA), Sara Loftus (West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV)

Session Type: Workshop followed by Panel
This is a two part session:

Part 1 & 2: Workshop of work in progress (two sessions)
Part 3: Panel Discussion

The goal of this session is to bring critical approaches in geography and disability studies together through a workshop and panel discussion. The focus is on research that is moving beyond the medical/social model binary toward theorizing disability through alternative frameworks such as embodiment (Imrie 2010; Chouinard 2010), the political/relational model (Kafer 2013), non-representational theory (Hall & Wilton 2017), neurodivergence (Yergeau 2018), and biopolitics (Puar, 2017).

The following are working papers which will be discussed during the workshop:

1) Laura Crawford, PhD Research Student, Department of Geography, Loughborough University (UK). Topic: historical-geographies of UK charity Leonard Cheshire and geographical debates about disability, care and home

2) Sara Loftus, PhD Research Student, Department of Geography, West Virginia University (US). Topic: intersections between digital and physical spaces of mothers of children with disabilities, secrets, lies, & performance as strategies of resilience by mothers of children with disabilities.

3)Anna Davidson, Lecturer in Geography, School of Applied Sciences,University of Huddersfield (UK). Topic: contemporary understandings of human energy (including physical work and exercise, but also burn-out and the ‘management’ of chronic fatigue

4)Nancy Yang, McNair Scholar, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (US). Topic: how academic space upholds sane privilege, sanist myths, and sanism with empirical case study research


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Catherine Jampel Clark University 20
Panelist Laura Crawford Loughborough University 12
Panelist Nancy Yang 12
Panelist Anna Davidson University of Huddersfield 12
Discussant Sara Loftus West Virginia University 20

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