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Feminist Studies

Program Notables

Spring 2017

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave an invited talk at Portland State University (PSU) on May 11. She spoke about coalition-building and imagining social justice futures. While at PSU, she met with students, staff, and faculty from the Disability Resource Center, the Queer Resource Center, and the Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies Department, among others.

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer reviewed Christina Crosby’s memoir, A Body, Undone: Living On after Great Pain (NYU, 2016), for the American Literary History Online Review. Kafer was also an invited keynote speaker at the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice at the University of Wyoming, April 5–8. Her talk, “Health Rebels: A Crip Manifesto for Social Justice,” focused on the possibilities of coalition-building around issues of health, illness, and disability. While at the symposium, Kafer gave an interview with Wyoming Public Radio, spoke on an invited plenary panel, and met with students interested in social justice.

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer was invited to share a work in progress with the Department of Anthropology at Rice University as part of their brown bag series. Her presentation explored race and disability in relation to notions of mourning, loss, and death. While at Rice, Kafer also met with graduate students and led two workshops with undergraduate students in the “Disability Inside Out” class.

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave an invited talk at Vanderbilt University on Feb. 23. Her talk, “Wanting: Disability in Relation,” discussed disability in the context of other movements for social justice. While at Vanderbilt, she participated in a workshop with the Disability Justice Caucus of the Nashville Feminist Collective.

Fall 2016

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer had a short essay published in the new issue of South Atlantic Quarterly. Her piece, “Other People’s Shit (and Pee!),” is part of a collection of essays edited by Kathi Weeks on “The Politics of the Public Toilet.”

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave an invited lecture at St. Edward’s University in Austin on Sept. 26, 2016. Her talk, “Seeing Animals, Seeing Crips: Crip Reflections on the Work of Sunaura Taylor,” explores potential points of connection between disability studies and critical animal studies.  

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo and alumna Tori Vasquez ’15 co-authored an article titled “‘Unboxing the Buried Seeds of My Belonging’: Latina/o History, Decolonized Pedagogies and the Politics of Inclusion” for the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News Column. The article is about their work on the Latina History Project at Southwestern. Project contributors include current students Stephanie Garcia, Class of 2018, Denise Ovalle, Class of 2017, alumna Adriana Romero ’16, and project co-director Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer.

Spring 2016

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer is serving as the 2016 McAndless Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at Eastern Michigan University. Over the course of the winter quarter, she contributed to a faculty seminar on disability studies, met with students, and participated in a women’s and gender studies class. She delivered a public lecture on disability and social justice on March 17, and will make her final visit to campus March 30–April 2.

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave the opening keynote address at the Crip Futurities Conference at the University of Michigan in February. Her talk, “Blackness, Disability, and Trauma: On Methodological Haunting,” explored connections between race, disability, and death in the contemporary US

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer published her essay “Un/Safe Disclosures” in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (10.1, 2016). The essay uses the frame of the “trigger warning” to explore disability studies approaches to trauma and “safety” in academic spaces.

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave the opening keynote address at the Crip Futurities Conference at the University of Michigan in February. Her talk, “Blackness, Disability, and Trauma: On Methodological Haunting,” explored connections between race, disability, and death in the contemporary US.

Spring 2015

  • In April 2015, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave a talk titled “Breath, Skin, Fog: Disability and Environmental Justice” at Middlebury College, and led a workshop on social justice and cross-movement activism while there. She was also invited to share a work-in-progress with the Disability Studies Seminar at the University of Kansas, where she workshopped her essay “Un/Safe Disclosures: Scenes of Disability and Trauma” with an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students. Also during the month she gave a reading from her book “Feminist Queer Crip” at Western Kentucky University as part of the Social Justice and Coalition-Building series. 

  • Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer will speak at West Kentucky University in The Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility. 

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, was invited to give a reading from her book “Feminist Queer Crip” at New York University on February 25, 2015. While on the campus, she met with graduate students to discuss their work.

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, delivered the annual School of Interdisciplinary Studies Distinguished Lecture at the University of Toledo on February 19. She was invited to speak about her book Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana University Press, 2013). 

Spring 2014

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, co-edited a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly with Michelle Jarman from the University of Wyoming. The issue, titled “Growing Disability Studies: Politics of Access, Politics of Collaboration,” features 12 essays on the future of the field from undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and independent scholars. The table of contents is available here and Jarman and Kafer’s introduction is available here.

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, Skyped with graduate students in Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s seminar in feminist disability studies at Emory University Feb. 19. Students in the seminar read her book Feminist, Queer, Crip as one of their course texts. 2011 graduates Siobhan Cooke and Jordan Johnson are among the students in the class. On Feb. 26, the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster at UT-Austin will host a reading and discussion of Kafer’s book with her. 

Spring 2013

  • Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, has a new book out with Indiana University Press titled Feminist, Queer, Crip. Read more about it here.