By Rachel Adams

About Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams is Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University. Her most recent book is Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (2013). She is also the author of Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (2009) and Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (2001).

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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