Keynote Address 1: 

Crip Lockdown: Disability, Art, Sexuality in a Moment of Crisis

Professor Robert McRuer, George Washington University, U.S.A.

Robert McRuer is Professor of English at George Washington University, where he teaches disability studies, queer theory, and critical theory more generally.  He is the author, most recently of Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance (NYU, 2018), which focuses on the disability art and activism in the UK and elsewhere, examining the ways in which disability is an undertheorized component of a global austerity politics.  He is also the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (NYU, 2006), as well as numerous other books and articles.  With Anna Mollow, he is co-editor of Sex and Disability (Duke, 2012), and with David Bolt, the general co-editor of the six-volume series A Cultural History of Disability (Bloomsury, 2020), which includes volumes from antiquity to the modern age.

Keynote Address 2:

After almost 100 days of Biden: Race, Disability, and a Head

Professor Therí A. Pickens, Bates College, USA.

 Professor Therí A. Pickens is Professor of English at Bates College,  where she teaches in African American, Arab American and disability literatures and theories. She is the author of  Black Madness :: Mad Blackness (Duke 2019), and New Body Politics  (Routledge 2014). She has also edited Arab American Aesthetics (Routledge 2018), and  the special issue of African American Review on Blackness and Disability (2017). Her critical work has appeared in several critical journals including Hypatia, MELUS, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, Al-Jadid, Women & Performance, and the Journal of Ethnic American Literature. She also published in Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions, and the critical volume, Defying the Global Language: Perspectives in Ethnic Studies (Teneo Ltd). 

Robert Softley Gale: Interview with Dr Sarah Meehan O'Callaghan.

Robert Softley Gale is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene, with over eighteen years of experience in diverse and varied roles – including disability rights activist, actor and performer, writer, artistic director and supporter and advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people whether as artists or audiences. Robert is an Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, Scotland’s touring company that promotes the work of disabled artists in partnership with non-disabled artists and mainstream theatre venues and companies.

 Dr Mark Mossman: Interview with Dr Olga Springer.

Dr Mark Mossman is a specialist in the Victorian body and disability. His research interests focus on 19th Century British Literature, Disability Studies and Irish Studies. One of his monographs, Disability, Representation and the Body in Irish Writing: 1800-1922 (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2009), investigated how a disability framework can be read into 19th century Irish cultural practice. His is currently working on another: Disabling the Victorian: Form, Body, and the Sensational Response. 

Programme 

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  1. Daily Programme at a Glance
  2. Full Programme
  3. Abstracts
  4. List of Participants

Daily Programme at a Glance

Day 1 

Thursday March 11th 


13:45/14:00    Opening
14:00/15:15     Panel 1          
Erotics and Transformations: Queer/ Crip Epistemologies

15:15/15:30     Break 1                        

15:30/16:45    Panel 2            Disabled Be-Cummings: Porn and Fanfiction

16:45/17:00    Break 2                        17:00/18:00    Keynote 1       
Crip Lockdown: Disability, Art, Sexuality in a Moment of           Crisis, Professor Robert McRuer

Day 2

Friday March 12th

10:30/11:30     Interview 1     
Mr Robert Softley Gale

11:30/12:00     Break 3                        

12:00/13:15     Panel 3            Reclaiming & Imag(in)ing Subjectivities 

13:15/14:00     Break 4 

14:00/15:15     Panel 4           
Visual & Queer Deconstructions of Compulsory Able-Bodiedness

15:15/15:30     Break 5

15:30/16:30    Panel 5             Interrogating Stigma & Marginalisation: Practicalities and Realities

16:30/17:00     Break 6

17:00/18:00     Keynote 2         
After almost 100 days of Biden: Race, Disability, and a Head, Professor Therí A. Pickens

Day 3

Saturday March 13th .

10:00/11:00     Panel 6            Subverting the Heroine through Visual Modalities 

11:00/11:15     Break 7

11:15/12:15     Panel 7            Performance & Reformulation of Disabling Imaginaries       

12:15/12:30     Break 8                         12:30/13:45     Panel 8            Literary Perspectives: Liminal Spaces of the Traumatic Body

13:45 / 14:30   Break 9

14:30/15:30     Panel 9            
At the Limits of Pleasure: (Un)desirability & Representation

15:30/16:00     Break 10

16:00/ 17:00    Interview 2      Professor Mark Mossman

17:00/17:15     Farewell

FULL PROGRAMME


Day 1 - 14:00/15:15 – Panel 1 

Erotics & Transformations:  Queer/ Crip Epistemologies

Chair: Mr Jean-Philippe Imbert, Dublin City University, Ireland

                                    

Schizo* is Sexy: The Eroticism and Exoticism of the "Mysterious Madness"

Ren Koloni, George Washington University, United States of America

 

Perverting Liberation

Dr Johnathan Smilges, Texas Woman's University, United States of America

 

‘Shade[s] of Queer’: Autism and the Inventiveness of Sexuality

Abby Stannard Ashley, University of Bristol, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Day 1 - 15:30/16:45 – Panel 2 

Disabled Be-Cummings: Porn and Fanfiction 

Chair: Mr David Carroll (IRC), Dublin City University, Ireland

 

Fucking, not Fetishising: Agency, Devotees and Representation of Disabled People in Porn 

Dr Caroline West, Independent Scholar, Ireland

 

Blind Fingering, Hurt/Comfort, and other Tropes: How Disability is Used in Explicit Fanfiction 

Lindsay Mixer, Widener University, United States of America

On Queer Disability and Sex 

Andrew Gurza, Disability Awareness Consultant and Cripple Content Creator, Canada 

Day 1 - 17:00/18:00 – Keynote 1
Crip Lockdown: Disability, Art, Sexuality in a Moment of Crisis

Professor Robert McRuer, George Washington University, United States of America
Chair: Dr Kit Fryatt, Dublin City University, Ireland

Day 2 - 10:30 / 11:30 – Interview 1 

Robert Softley Gale, Scotland

With Dr Sarah Meehan O’Callaghan, Dublin City University, Ireland

Day 2 - 12:00 / 13:15 – Panel 3 

Reclaiming & Imag(in)ing Subjectivities

Chair: Dr Michael Hinds, Dublin City University, Ireland

 

Disabilities, Subjectivities and Sexualities (Reclaiming and Celebrating)

Denise Beckwith, Western Sydney University, Australia

 

A Room with a Lesbian, Autistic View: A Queer, Transdisciplinary Perspective of Great Art

Dr Suzanne van Rossenberg, Independent Researcher, United Kingdom

 

Reclaiming the Viral Body: Eroticism, HIV, and Danez Smith’s Poetry

Alex Torres, University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Day 2 - 14:00 / 15:15 – Panel 4            
Visual & Queer Deconstructions of Compulsory Able-bodiedness

Chair: Dr Alicia Castillo Villanueva, Dublin City University, Ireland

 

Challenging Devaluation! – Cinematic Portrayals of Disability and Queerness

Dr Petra Anders, University of Bamberg, Germany

 

Disabled Sexualities and Neoliberal Values in Orange is the New Black, 

Irena Jurković, University of Zadar, Croatia

 

Disability and Sexuality in the movie Sanctuary

Dr Paul McNamara, Mary Immaculate College, Ireland


Day 2 - 15:30/16:30 – Panel 5             
Interrogating Stigma & Marginalisation: Practicalities and Realities
Chair: Dr Briege Casey, Dublin City University, Ireland
 
Tactile Art-Based Teaching and Sexual Behaviours in Young Adults with Dual Sensory Impairment: Perspectives of Professionals Working with Them
Supriya Das & Dr Atul Jaiswal
Perkins India, India & Université de Montréal, Canada

“They Were Shaving My Head and It Was Even More Upsetting than the SCI Itself”: Liminality and De/sexualization of the Disabled Body
Laura Sanmiquel-Molinero & Dr Andrea García-Santesmases Fernández
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain & Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain



Day 2 - 17:00/18:00 – Keynote 2       
After almost 100 days of Biden: Race, Disability, and A Head

Professor Therí A. Pickens, Bates College, United States of America

Chair:  Dr Briege Casey, Dublin City University, Ireland

Day 3 - 10:00/11:00 – Panel 6             
Subverting the Heroine through Visual Modalities           

Chair: Anindita Bhattacharya, Dublin City University, Ireland

 

Crippin’ the Disabled Heroine: Queer and Enabling Futures in Shonali Bose’s Margarita with a Straw (2014)

Shabnam Rathee, Murdoch University, Western Australia

 

Visual Art as Visual Literacy: Interdicting the Delusion with Reference to ‘Sexualities, Desires, and Emotions’ of Disabled Humans

Dr Amodini Sreedharan, Independent Researcher, India


Day 3 - 11:15/12:15 – Panel 7            
Performance & Reformulation of Disabling Imaginaries
Chair: Máighréad Medbh, Dublin City University, Ireland

Rolling in the Gap: Desire and Sexuality in Performance Art as a Means of Processing and Formulating Crip Pasts, Presents and Futures in the Austerity Phase of the Swedish Welfare State
Christine Bylund, Umeå University, Sweden

Dance, Disability and Dissidance in Lectura fácil by Cristina Morales
Dr Patricia García & Dr Aina Pérez Fontdevila
Universidad de Alcalá, Spain


Day 3 - 12:30/13:45 – Panel 8            
Literary Perspectives: Liminal Spaces of the Traumatic Body 

Chair: Dr Michael Monaghan, Dublin City University, Ireland

 

The Sexual Uncanny in J.G. Ballard's Crash 

Nouha Aouine, University of Blida 2 – Algeria

 

“A priest of eternal imagination.” – Gestalt Psychology and Significance of Myopia in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Inga Piotrowska, University of York, United Kingdom

 

Fetishizing Disability: Pain and Trauma in A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Daniel Schmidt, Saarland University, Germany

Day 3 - 14:30/15:45 – Panel 9            
At the Limits of Pleasure: (Un)desirability & Representation

Chair: Dr Sarah Meehan O’Callaghan, Dublin City University, Ireland

 

Disabling Desire and Reading Barthes’ The Pleasure of the Text

Dr Geraldine Cuddihy, Independent Researcher, Ireland

 

The Sexual Model of Disability 

Dr Anna Mollow, Independent Scholar, United States of America

 

Day 3 - 16:00/17:00 – Interview 2      
Dr Mark Mossman, Western Illinois University, United States of America

With Dr Olga Springer, Dublin City University, Ireland

Abstracts / Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

List of Participants 


Dr Petra Anders | University of Bamberg, Germany | petra.anders@uni-bamberg.de 

 Nouha Aouine | University of Blida 2, Algeria  | nouhaa.aouine@gmail.com

Denise Beckwith | Western Sydney University, Australia | 15209678@student.westernsydney.edu.au

Angelos Bollas | Dublin City University, Ireland | angelos.bollas@dcu.ie

Christine Bylund | Umeå University, Sweden | kristin.bylund@umu.se

Dr Alicia Castillo Villanueva | Dublin City University, Ireland | alicia.castillovillanueva@dcu.ie

Dr Geraldine Cuddihy | Independent Researcher, Ireland | provisionally2002@yahoo.co.uk

Supriya Das | Perkins India, India | Supriya.das@perkins.org

Dr Loree Erickson | University of Toronto, Canada | loree.erickson@utoronto.ca

Dr Andrea García-Santesmases Fernández | Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain | agarcia_santesmases@uoc.edu

Dr Patricia García | Universidad de Alcalá, Spain | patricia.garciag@uah.es

Jean-Philippe Imbert | Dublin City University, Ireland | jean-philippe.imbert@dcu.ie

Dr Atul Jaiswal | Université de Montréal, Canada | atul.jaiswal@umontreal.ca

Irena Jurković  | University of Zadar, Croatia  | irena.jurkovic09@gmail.com

Ren Koloni | George Washington University, United States of America | rkoloni@gwmail.gwu.edu  

 Dr Paul McNamara | Mary Immaculate College, Ireland | mcnamarapaul@hotmail.com

Professor Robert McRuer | George Washington University, United States of America | rmcruer@gwu.edu

Dr Sarah Meehan O’Callaghan | Dublin City University, Ireland | sarah.meehanocallaghan23@mail.dcu.ie

 Lindsay Mixer | Widener University, United States of America | lmixer@widener.edu  

 Dr Anna Mollow | Independent Scholar, United States of America | amollow@gmail.com

 Dr Mark Mossman | Western Illinois University, United States of America | ma-mossman@wiu.edu
 
Dr Aina Pérez Fontdevila | Universidad de Alcalá, Spain | aina.perez@uah.es
 
 Professor Therí A. Pickens | Bates College, United States of America | theri tpickens@bates.edu 

Inga Piotrowska | University of York, United Kingdom | inp500@york.ac.uk

Shabnam Rathee | Murdoch University, Western Australia | srathee1510@gmail.com

Dr Suzanne van Rossenberg | Independent Researcher, United Kingdom | patcornflake@gmail.com

Laura Sanmiquel-Molinero | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain | laura.sanmiquel@uab.cat 
 
Daniel Schmidt | Saarland University, Germany | schmidtd@stud.uni-saarland.de

Dr Johnathan Smilges | Texas Woman's University, United States of America | jsmilges@twu.edu

Dr Olga Springer   | Dublin City University, Ireland | Olga.springer@dcu.ie

 

Dr Amodini Sreedharan   | Independent Researcher, India | utharaagokul@gmail.com

 Abby Stannard Ashley | University of Bristol & University of Exeter, United Kingdom | aa17776@bristol.ac.uk

 Alex Torres | University of Bristol, United Kingdom | ao17401@bristol.ac.uk