from the Emory News Center…
For years, disability studies have played an important role at Emory University, finding a natural home within a wide array of disciplines, from medical and cultural scholarship to anthropological, literary, artistic, historical and religious works.
But without a formal program or department, the full scope and strength of that work hasn’t always been readily apparent.
However, disabilities scholarship is finding new visibility at Emory this fall with the launch of a Disability Studies Initiative (DSI), which supports the promotion and development of interdisciplinary teaching, research and activities in the field.
Created with support from Emory College, the Laney Graduate School, the Center for Ethics, and the Provost’s Office, the initiative seeks not only to identify and enhance existing disability studies at Emory, but also to further the University’s commitment to access and diversity through curriculum development, scholarly research and artistic programming around disability issues.
The initiative was proposed by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, who counts disabilities studies as a part of her own research, and Benjamin Reiss, an English professor whose research includes connections among literature, medicine, disability and American culture.