Contesting, Negotiating, Living; New Research Directions in Mental Health I: Disability, mental health, and education in the post-COVID-19 university

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Mental Health in the Academy Affinity Group
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 15
Organizers: Beverley Mullings, Shannon Clarke
Chairs: Beverley Mullings


The new socio-spatial realties of COVID-19 and subsequent demands to ‘carry on’, weigh heavily on scholars already marginalized in the academy’s spaces and structures of knowledge production. Isolation, financial hardship, lack of accessible resources for remote work/learning, and the propensity to tie individual worth to productivity, are all issues that are beginning to amplify feelings of exclusion and mental distress among scholars who live with disability, chronic illness, or neurodiversity. As universities scramble to devise new policies to restore the disruption to “campus life,” it is important to consider the ways in which the pre-COVID campus was already an isolating place. This panel will consider how the academy reproduces ableist spaces; the scholars that emerge from and are molded by these spaces; and the types of research that are (im)possible here. We invite scholars to discuss how our new COVID-19 reality is transforming our academic spaces and how emerging standards of knowledge production (e.g. technologies to maintain academic integrity) are creating new ableist barriers and reinforcing old ones. This conversation is more important than ever given emerging knowledge of the long-term health effects of this virus.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Panelist Carolyn Prouse Queen's University 15 1:30 PM
Panelist Elizabeth Olson UNC-Chapel Hill 15 1:45 PM
Panelist Kate Parizeau University of Guelph 15 2:00 PM
Panelist Shannon Clarke Queen's University 15 2:15 PM
Discussant Marcia England Miami University 15 2:30 PM

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