By Benjamin Reiss

About Benjamin Reiss

Benjamin Reiss is Professor of English at Emory University and Codirector of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative. He is the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America (2001) and Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (2008).

Welcome, Keywords for Disability Studies

We are pleased to announce the publication of Keywords for Disability Studies.  As co-editors, we took seriously the mandate to represent the breadth and diversity of disability studies as an interdisciplinary field poised at the intersection of activism, scholarship, and lived experience.  The essays in this collection are designed to provide essential background and framing for important terms in the field, and also to explain how “disability” changes our understanding of terms that circulate broadly across the disciplines, such as “aesthetics,” “race,” “representation,” and “work.”  While individual essays define and historicize terms, Keywords is not intended to function as a fixed, encyclopedic survey of the field but rather as a series of interventions in what we hope will become an ongoing dialogue about the meaning and shape of disability studies.

The publication of Keywords for Disability Studies coincides with two important 25th anniversaries in the history of disability …

From the Editors
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