Obermann Special Topics Seminar: Misfitting: Disability Broadly Considered, Spring 2019
Misfitting: Disability Broadly Considered
Course Instructors: Douglas Baynton & Tricia Zebrowski
In this 1-hour readings course, we read, considered, and discussed recent work by six of the leading scholars in disability studies in the humanities. Thus prepared for informed participation, we met and listened to the scholars in person at the Obermann Humanities Symposium, “Misfitting: Disability Broadly Considered,” at the University of Iowa, April 4-6, 2019. Finally, we convened once more to critically discuss disability studies in light of what we learned at the symposium.
The course entailed three meetings prior to the symposium, engaged participation in the symposium, and one follow-up meeting. Readings ranged across various disciplines, including English literature, music, gender studies, rhetoric, anthropology, history, and bioethics. Written assignments included proposed discussion questions for the symposium speakers and brief reflections afterward.
The course met on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 on March 13, March 27, April 3, and April 10. Participation in the symposium was required.