Session 908: Cripping the Middle Ages
Tuesday 13 July 2004, 19.30-20.30
|Sponsor:||The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research|
|Organiser:||Michael O'Rourke, Department of Modern English & American Literature, University College Dublin|
|Moderator/Chair:||Michael O'Rourke, Department of Modern English & American Literature, University College Dublin|
Disability studies has gained a foothold in the American academy especially in the humanities, since the latter half of the 1990s. Broadly defined it addresses those bodies which have been absented, abjected or invisibilized in our studies and our culture, one which enforces a compulsory able-bodiedness and renders disabled bodies as deviant, pathological, non-normative. Disability studies attends to the historical specificity, constructedness and contingency of these ‘marked’ bodies and exposes the necessity of the disabled body to the ‘normal’ body’s claim to normalcy and originary status. Much of this work is geared towards the last 100 years and this roundtable will begin the project of cripping the Middle Ages and cripping the Medieval Studies curriculum.