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Lecture-Concert Series: Greenfield Lecture: Critical Disability Studies with Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Disability Scholar

10/3/2013, 6:30 PM



Rosemarie Garland Thomson will describe and explore Critical Disability Studies as an interdisciplinary academic field of inquiry in the United States that expands health science perspectives by examining understandings of disability from cultural perspectives such as: civil and human rights, minority identity, diversity, social justice, sociology, historic and community studies, bioethics, and the arts. It seeks to define, defamiliarize, and challenge cultural concepts of the ���normal,�۝ ���ideal,�۝ ���abnormal,�۝ and�۝ grotesque,�۝ among others. Thomson's work within Critical Disability Studies defines disability as bodily variations that are interruptions or departures from a standard script of human form, function, behavior, or perception that in contemporary thought we call normal. Social disadvantages of disability are not caused by a devalued trait itself but rather from disabled people�۪s interactions with unaccommodating environments.

For more information, contact Tim Crist at tcrist@astate.edu.