Disability and Modernism

Thursday, 14 March 2013Friday, 15 March 2013

McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia

Disability and Modernism

Penn Graduate Conference

"Disability is not a brave struggle or 'courage in the face of adversity.' Disability is an art.  An ingenuous way to live". - Neil Marcus

Thursday, March 14
4:00 | Welcoming Remarks
Paul Saint-Amour, Associate Professor of English |University of Pennsylvania

4:15 | Opening Roundtable
Moderator: Heather Love, Associate Professor of English |University of Pennsylvania

5:45 | Dinner Break

Friday, March 15
9:00 | Coffee & Continental Breakfast

9:15 | “Seeing Touching Feeling: The Haptic Art of Judith Scott”
Rachel Adams, Professor of English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Respondent: Clare Mullaney, Ph.D. student, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

10:30 | Coffee Break

10:45 | “Booker T. Washington Does the World’s Work: Racial Uplift and Disability”
Todd Carmody, ACLS/Mellon New Faculty Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley
Respondent: Philip Tsang, Ph.D. candidate, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

12:00p | Lunch, FBH Faculty Lounge, FBH

1:00p |
“Capacious Physiology, Modernist Disability”
Janet Lyon, Associate Professor of English, Penn State University
Respondent: Kalyan Nadiminti, Ph.D. student, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

“Modernism, Conrad, and Cognitive Disability”
Joseph Valente, Professor of English, State University of New York, Buffalo
Respondent: Beth Blum, Ph.D. candidate, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

3:15 | Coffee Break

3:30 | “Modernist Eugenics and Postmodern Poetics”
Susan Schweik, Professor of English & Associate Dean of Arts & Humanities, UC Berkeley
Respondent: Vaclav Paris, Ph.D. candidate, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

4:45 | Closing Discussion, Faculty Lounge, FBH
Moderator: Jed Esty, Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

5:30 | Drinks reception, Faculty Lounge, FBH

Cosponsored by The Penn English Department, The Penn School of Arts and Sciences, The Annenberg School for Communication, The Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity, The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program & The Alice Paul Center.