Body Politics

The wheel world: Is disability studies academia's next frontier?

Activist Simi Linton: “Disability studies is us looking out at the world and seeing how that looks to us.”
photo: Ruth Morgan
Activist Simi Linton: “Disability studies is us looking out at the world and seeing how that looks to us.”

Exciting scholarship is being generated. Last March's issue of the PMLA (the MLA's publication) featured papers from a recent MLA conference, including "Deaf, She Wrote: Mapping Deaf Women's Autobiography" and "Crip Eye for the Normate Guy: Queer Theory and the Disciplining of Disability Studies." One item on the field's agenda is to welcome cognitive disabilities into the fold. SDS continues to hold annual conferences as well. "I come back from SDS so excited," says Linton. "My colleagues are the smartest people I've met, ever."

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