7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Registration Check-in

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet (Luskin Center – Centennial Hall C/D)

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Breakout Session One

PANEL: Disability and Life Narratives

PANEL: Disability and Temporality

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Welcome: Victoria Marks, chair of Disability Studies, Convocation Keynote: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University (Centennial Hall C/D)

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Breakout Session Two

PANEL: Disability Poetics and/as Spectacle I

PANEL: Disability and TV

PANEL: Disability and Urban Space

WORKSHOP: Validation for Black, Disabled Sexuality in Fiction Film

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch (Centennial Hall C/D)

2:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Breakout Session Three

PANEL: Disability and Theater/Opera

PANEL: Disability Poetics and/as Spectacle II

PANEL: Aesthetics and Bodyminds

PANEL: Beyond Casting and Characterization: New Deployments of Disability in Drama and Performance

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session Four

FILM SCREENING: Basketball, Bodies and Bitches: Making a Spectacle of Disabled Female Wheelchair Basketball Players

PANEL: ʺIt’s Called Actingʺ and Other Weak Arguments Against Self-Representation

PANEL: The Spectacle of Accessibility

PANEL: Disability and Enfreakment

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Disability Studies 10th Anniversary Reception (Schoenberg Hall Courtyard)

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Keynote Address: DJ Kurs, Deaf West Theatre (Schoenberg Hall 1100) *This event will be open to the campus community.


  1. Sessions are subject to change due to cancellation.
  2. Each breakout session (1-8) will have 3-4 presentations/performances/workshops. The sessions will be held in the following Luskin Center Meeting Rooms: Centennial Hall C/D, Innovation, Pinnacle, and Odyssey.

You can download the Schedule at a Glance here.

You can download a complete copy of the Program here.

You can download a Word copy of the program here.

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