Disability Studies Symposium at UW, May 21-23

Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium: Connecting Disability Studies, Disability Justice, and Disability Arts

University of Washington Seattle on May 21-23, 2015

We’re excited to make connections! Share widely. All are welcome.

Please be sure to sign up for lunch on Friday, May 22, using this form (deadline May 15): http://goo.gl/forms/qeQzGQlKdK

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Questions? Email to uwdisabilitystudies@gmail.com

Featured activists, scholars, and artists are Patty Berne of Sins Invalid, musician Mindie Lind, and DS scholars Susan Schweik and Elizabeth Wheeler.  The symposium aims to enhance collaborations in the field of disability studies in the region and to explore the relationship between the disability justice framework and disability studies.

Thursday, May 21, 4-6:30pm, Disability Arts and Culture (refreshments 4pm) Kane Hall, Room 225

  • 4:15 Mindie Lind, music performance
  • 5:00 Film “Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty”
  • 5:30 Q&A with Mindie Lind, Patty Berne, and ET Russian

Friday, May 22, 9am-4pm, Critical Collaborations, William H. Gates School of Law, Room 138

  • 9:15 Welcome
  • 9:30 Susan Schweik (UC Berkeley) keynote, “Disability Research and the Politics of Storytelling”
  • 10:45 Elizabeth Wheeler (U of Oregon), Susan Schweik, Sara Goering (UW), Sushil Oswal (UW Tacoma), “Cultivating and Connecting Resources”
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 2:00 Patty Berne with ET Russian and Seema Bahl, “Exploring Divergences and Convergences of Disability Studies, Disability Rights, and Disability Justice”

Saturday, May 23, 2-4pm, Disability Justice Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 250

Sins Invalid, featuring co-founder and director Patty Berne, “Re-envisioning the Revolutionary Body: Centering Disability and Embodiment within Social Justice.” Patty will talk about the role of embodiment in movement-building work and lead a screening and discussion of films on disability and sexuality as part of transformative cultural work.