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Early Modern Colloquium panel on Shakespeare and Disability Subjectivities
David Mitchell and Tobin Siebers
“Shakespeare and Disability Subjectivities”
5 April, 1 p.m., 3241 Angell Hall
David Mitchell (Temple U) and Tobin Siebers (UM) will discuss the centrality of key Shakespearean characters to the development of Disability Studies in the Humanities. The panel will focus on questions of disability subjectivity (i.e. how disability influences point of view and creative navigation in worlds built around narrow norms of accessibility, functionality, and aesthetics). David will read from his co-authored chapter on Richard III in Narrative Prosthesis (2000); while Tobin will present new work on Falstaff as an alternative for future intersections between Shakespearean and Disability Studies (2013). David will wind up the discussion with some reflections on student responses to Richard III's influence on the UK punk rock band, "The Sex Pistols." The panelists invite audience interaction and questions about concerns and stakes in researching disability within the field of Early Modern Studies.
David Mitchell is the 2012 Freehling Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, and associate professor in the College of Education at Temple University. His background and interests in American Cultural Studies include: U.S. literary history, U.S. minority cultures, representations of people with disabilities in film, media, literature and art, documentary film art, and youth subculture movements. His publications include 3 books: The Body and Physical Difference (1997); Narrative Prosthesis (2000); Cultural Locations of Disability (2006)], dozens of journal and review articles, four award-winning documentary films: Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back (1995); A World Without Bodies (2002); Self Preservation (2005); Disability Takes on the Arts (2006), and the five-volume Encyclopedia of Disability (2005). David has also curated two international disability film festivals and an exhibition for the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum on disability history. Currently, he is completing work on two new book-length manuscripts; the first, Ablenationalism and the Geo-Politics of Disability, analyses the developments of global disability culture under neoliberalism, and the second, The Capacities of Incapacity: Disability and the the Anti-Normative American Novel, examines shifts in liberal and neoliberal portrayals of people with disabilities in the wake of U.S. Civil Rights Movements.
Tobin Siebers is the V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor at the Department of English, University of Michigan. His works focus on ethics, literary criticism of the cold-war era, aesthetics and the politics of identity, and disability studies. He has been a fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows and the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation and a Visiting Scholar at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. His major publications include The Mirror of Medusa (California 1983), The Romantic Fantastic (Cornell 1984), The Ethics of Criticism (Cornell 1988), Morals and Stories (Columbia 1992), Cold War Criticism and the Politics of Skepticism (Oxford 1993), The Subject and Other Subjects: On Ethical, Aesthetic, and Political Identity (Michigan 1998), Among Men (Nebraska 1999), Disability Theory (Michigan 2008), Zerbrochene Schönheit (Transcript 2008) and Disability Aesthetics (Michigan, forthcoming 2010). He is also the editor of Religion and the Authority of the Past (Michigan 1993), Heterotopia: Postmodern Utopia and the Body Politic (Michigan 1994), and The Body Aesthetic: From Fine Art to Body Modification (Michigan 2000). His recent work on disability studies has been published in American Literary History, Cultural Critique, Literature and Medicine, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, PMLA, and the MLA volume on disability studies. He is currently at work on a consideration of Shakespeare within disability studies.
Location: 3241 AH