IMC 2004: Sessions

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
Abstract

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.
Participants include Marian Lupo (Ohio State University), Cory Rushton (University of Bristol), Walton O. Schalick (Washington University, St Louis), Tim Stainton (University of British Columbia), and Edward Wheatley (Hamilton College).