Disability Studies Resource List

11/22/2020


“Disability is a fact of the human experience, not the exception,” as mentioned by the University of Washington Disability Studies department.

Disability Studies emerged in the late twentieth century as an interdisciplinary area of study examining the social, cultural, historical, legal, and political dimensions of disability. To bring attention to and promote works in this growing academic discipline as essential to the humanities and social sciences, we recently asked our fellows to contribute and recommend resources including scholarly articles, blog posts, videos, social media campaigns, and more on disability and Disability Studies. 

These resources are an addition to a growing series, also including resource pages, on race and racismLGBTQ+ liberationHispanic/Latinx Studies, and Indigenous Studies, all part of our ongoing commitment to and efforts in inclusive excellence and amplifying scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. 

If you have a favorite resource – yours or another's – on Disability Studies, please share your contributions, or any questions or comments, with us at news@acls.org.
 

Disability Studies Resource List

DISABILITY IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
Stumbling Blocks Before the Blind: Medieval Constructions of a Disability
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04, Professor Emeritus of English at Loyola University Chicago
 
Afterword, The Treatment of Disabled Persons in Medieval Europe: Examining Disability in the Historical, Legal, Literary, Medical, and Religious Discourses of the Middle Ages
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
“Blindness: Evolving Religious and Secular Constructions and Responses” in a Cultural History of Disability: The Middle Ages
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
“A River Runs through It: Disability, Homosexuality, Queered/Disabled Discourse, and the Isle of Blandie in Bérinus” in Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
“The Blind Beating the Blind: An Unidentified 'Game' in a Marginal Illustration of the “Romance of Alexander”, MS Bodley 264” in the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
“Blindness, Discipline, and Reward: Louis IX and the Foundation of the Hospice des Quinze Vingts” in the Disability Studies Quarterly
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
“‘Blind’ Jews and Blind Christians: Metaphorics of Marginalization in Medieval Europe,” Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
LITERATURE AND DISABILITY
The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability
Submitted by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
“Monsters, Saints, and Sinners: Disability in Medieval Literature,” in the Cambridge Companion to Disability and Literature
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
“Voices of Violence: Medieval French Farce and the Dover Cliff Scene in King Lear” in Comparative Drama
Written by Edward Wheatley F'04
 
CHILD DISABILITY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION IN CHINA
“Mothering Special Children: Negotiating Gender, Disability, and Special Education in Contemporary China” in the Harvard Educational Review
Written by Jinting Wu F'20, Assistant Professor of Educational Culture, Policy and Society at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
 
“Mothering Special Needs Children in Contemporary China” in the Harvard Education Publishing Group Blog
Written by Jinting Wu F'20
 
“Disability Segregation in an Age of Inclusion: Navigating Educational Pathways through Special Education Schools in Contemporary China” in the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Blog
Written by Jinting Wu F'20
 
BLIND AND DEAF HISTORY
“From Outcast to Citizen: Disability, Education, and Architecture in Postrevolutionary Paris” in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
Written by Sun-Young Park F'19, Associate Professor of History at George Mason University
 
“Conversion, Renovation, Restoration: The Paris Deaf Institute, 1760-1840,” in Future Anterior
Written by Sun-Young Park F'19
 
SOCIETY FOR DISABILITY STUDIES
Society for Disability Studies
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10, Associate Professor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
 
DISABILITY HISTORY ASSOCIATION
Disability History Association's “All of Us”
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
SMITHSONIAN NMAH EVERYBODY ONLINE EXHIBITION
EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
JOURNAL FOR DISABILITY STUDIES
Disability Studies Quarterly
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
CRITICAL DISABILITY STUDIES CAUCUS (CDSC)
Critical Disability Studies Caucus (CDSC)
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
DISABILITY RIGHTS ARCHIVE
Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Archive at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
DISABILITY VISIBILITY PROJECT
Disability Visibility Project
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
PODCASTS ABOUT DISABILITY
Disability Visibility Project Podcast
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
Contra* Podcast
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
DOCUMENTARIES ON DISABILITY
Deej
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
Crip Camp
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
DISABILITY JUSTICE PERFORMANCE PROJECT
Sins Invalid
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
POLITICAL ORGANIZING
#CripTheVote
Submitted by Bess Williamson F'10
 
ANTHROPOLOGY AND DISABILITY
“Disability from the South: Toward a Lexicon”
Written by Michele Friedner and Tyler Zoanni F'18
 
“Care in the Middle Voice”
Written by Tyler Zoanni F'18
 
“Disabled Lives, Personhood, and Politics in Uganda: An Interview with Tyler Zoanni” for the Society for Cultural Anthropology
Submitted by Tyler Zoanni F'18
 
“For an Anthropology of Cognitive Disability” in the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
Written by Patrick McKearney and Tyler Zoanni F'18
 
“The Possibilities of Failure: Personhood and Cognitive Disability in Urban Uganda” in the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
Written by Tyler Zoanni F'18
 
“Appearances of Disability and Christianity in Uganda” in Cultural Anthropology
Written by Tyler Zoanni F'18
 
“An Ecology of Disabled Minds in Urban Uganda” in Medical Anthropology
Written by Tyler Zoanni F'18
 
CLASSROOM ACCESSIBILITY
“Creating an Accessible Online Presentation”
Written by Tyler Zoanni F'18
 
DISABILITY FRAMEWORKS AND DISABILITY JUSTICE
“The Rhetoric of Ableism” in Disability Studies Quarterly
Submitted by Jimmie Manning, Chair and Professor, Communication Studies, School of Social Research & Justice Studies, University of Nevada, Reno
 
Care work: Dreaming Disability Justice
Submitted by Susan Kalt F'19, Professor of Language, Roxbury Community College
 
“Society for Sick Societies: Hold Your Breath” in Social Text
Written by Pooja G. Rangan F'20, Associate Professor of English in Film and Media Studies at Amherst College
 
“‘Having a Voice’: Toward an Autistic Counterdiscourse of Documentary” in Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary
Written by Pooja G. Rangan F'20
 
ESSAY COLLECTIONS ON DISABILITY
“Series: Disability from the South: Toward a Lexicon” in Somatosphere
Edited by Tyler Zoanni F'18 and Michele Friedner
 
The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 36 (1). Special issue on cognitive disability.
Edited by Tyler Zoanni F'18 and Patrick McKearney
 
DEAF AND DISABILITY HISTORY
“Differently abled: Africanisms, disability, and power in the age of transatlantic slavery” in Bioarchaeology of Impairment and Disability
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and beyond Institutions
Written by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College, and Hannah Joyner
 
Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson
Written by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College, and Hannah Joyner
 
“Comment: On the Borderland of Medical and Disability History” in Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
From Asylum to Prison: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Mass Incarceration after 1945
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Artificial parts, practical lives: modern histories of prosthetics
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
The Oxford Handbook of Disability History
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500–1800
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
DISABILITY STUDIES
Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in Twentieth-Century America
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Disability and difference in global contexts: Enabling a transformative body politic
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
“A Decolonial Disability Studies?” in Disability Studies Quarterly
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
“In Our Own Voice: African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival, and Recovery” in Off Our Backs
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Feminist, Queer, Crip
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Curative Violence: Rehabilitating Disability, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern Korea
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
“Enabling Whom? Critical Disability Studies Now” in Lateral
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Black Madness :: Mad Blackness
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement Is Our People
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College
 
Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country
Submitted by Susan Burch F'19, Professor, American Studies, Middlebury College