ENGLISH 528 - Topics in Disability Studies
Section: 001 Studying Disability Arts and Culture
Term: FA 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature

Digital environments are supposedly altering our conceptions of what it means to communicate, as well as what it means to form and belong to communities, participate in grassroots activism, access information, and transform public discourse. In this seminar, we will consider the ways in which disability might afford us methods for reconsidering, reinventing, critiquing, and/or broadening how digital spaces configure bodyminds. During our time together, we will experiment with various modes of composing (in audio, video, and imagistic forms). We will likewise discuss and examine the ways in which critical making affords, constricts, or troubles access. Throughout the semester, we will explore the many inventive universes that disability — as embodiment, as critical modality, as site of reclamation and protest — yields in past and present moments. Among other items, our explorations will take us through rhetorical theory and theories of affect and embodiment, multimodal technologies, healthcare literacies, and intersectional discourses on disability, race, gender, sexuality, and class. Our conversations will consider the topics, commonplaces, and rhetorical affordances of disabled being in the world, by means of disability literature, zines and blogs, and pedagogical offerings. Course readings may include selections from Building Access (Hamraie), Ethical Programs (Brown), Communicative Biocapitalism (Banner), Disability Rights Advocacy Online (Trevisan), All the Weight of Our Dreams (Brown et al., eds.), and Giving Voice (Alper), among other texts. We will also have opportunity to interact with guest speakers throughout the semester.

ENGLISH 528 - Topics in Disability Studies
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001 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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ISBN: 9781517901639
Building access : universal design and the politics of disability, Author: Hamraie, Aimi,
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ISBN: 9780262035583
Giving voice : mobile communication, disability, and inequality, Author: Alper, Meryl
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780472123384
Communicative Biocapitalism., Author: Banner, Olivia., Publisher: University of Michigan Press 2017
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ISBN: 9781479853434
Restricted access : media, disability, and the politics of participation, Author: Ellcessor, Elizabeth
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