Keynote Address 1: 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: 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.


In conjunction with the association lautrefiction ,  the conference invites artists working on sexuality and disability, or people with disability interested in arts and sexuality, to participate to a series of podcasts on the themes of the conference. Please contact