CFP – ICMS Kalamazoo – Roundtable on Medieval Disability, Modern Ableism, org. by Alison Purnell

Roundtable Session for ICMS 2023
May 11-13

With the growth of disability as an area of interest for medievalists, it is imperative for scholars to interrogate their assumptions around ability, disability, normativity, monstrousness, and embodiment, Traditional modes of scholarly conversation are frequently inaccessible to those with somatic learning, and sensory sables. Writing about disability without engaging our implicit biases can result in ahistorical and inaccurate scholarship {that perpetuates harm within academia and in public outreach.

‘This roundtable invites conversation about ableism within medieval disability studies in an effort to increase awareness that the disabled “them” often include “us”

Topics for discussion may include any aspect of how ableism impacts medieval disability Scholarship, from the specific to the conceptual, including but not limited to:

  • addressing ableism in past scholarship
  • writing within an anti-ableism framework
  • access issues faced by students, instructors, and/or faculty
  • widening access creatively
  • scholarship that is inaccessible to the population it discusses
  • Sensitivity reading

Scholars who identify as disabled are particularly encouraged to participate and priority will be given to disabled voices, but non-disabled scholars are also welcome.

Individual speakers are requested to prepare 8-10 minute talk, which will be followed by
open discussion. This session has been awarded one of the “hybrid” session slots with the
recognition that disabled scholars may face extra barriers to participation in person, Please
indicate in Your proposal whether you expect to present in person or remotely

Please submit proposals by Sept 15, 2022 via the ICMS Confex proposal portal at

For questions or further information, contact Alison Purnell (

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Ninon Dubourg (sharing info) (2022, 23 août). CFP – ICMS Kalamazoo – Roundtable on Medieval Disability, Modern Ableism, org. by Alison Purnell. History of Disease, Disability & Medicine in Medieval Europe. Consulté le 19 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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