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CANCELLED:Brown Bag Lecture "The Mad Women Project: Disability and the Aesthetics of Human Disqualification"
Due to an unfortunate conflict, this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule a special lecture by Tobin Siebers later in the semester.
"The Mad Women Project: Disability and the Aesthetics of Human Disqualification" takes its departure from a series of photographs by Park Young-Sook called “The Mad Women Project,” with the goal of debating significant arguments designed by the field of disability studies. From 1999 to 2005 Park investigated the representation of women with mental disabilities by photographing gestures and postures used to identify women as "crazy." We will examine the physical echoes of cognitive and intellectual disability, interrogating how aesthetics participates in the disqualification of disabled people as inferior. We will also consider "The Mad Women Project" in the context of feminist theory and the work of Cindy Sherman.
Tobin Siebers is V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor of English and Art and Design at the University of Michigan. He is the author of thirteen books, including The Body Aesthetic: From Fine Art to Body Modification (Michigan 2000), Disability Theory (Michigan 2008), and Disability Aesthetics (Michigan 2010). Recent essays have appeared in American Literary History, Cultural Critique, Michigan Quarterly Review, and PMLA.