Critical Conversations, one of CSREA's signature discussion series, invites scholars to explore a central topic through the lens of race. Events in this series have covered issues spanning key topics from public health to education.
Critical Conversations: Disability, Accessibility, and Race
At the intersections of marginalized identities, overlapping injustices show themselves to be roots of the same tree. In this roundtable discussion, faculty and past CSREA fellows reflect on the nuanced complexities of how issues of disability, accessibility, and race coalesce in society.
This event will have both audio captioning and ASL interpreting. For those joining in person at IBES, screens on either side of the stage will display captions and a video feed of a virtual ASL interpreter. Those joining on Zoom will be able to view captions throughout the presentation as subtitles and/or view the ASL interpreter's video feed alongside the in-room livestream.
About the Panelists
Emily Lim Rogers
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Disability Studies, Department of American Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society Program, and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Emily Lim Rogers, PhD, is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Disability Studies in the Department of American Studies and the Science, Technology, and Society Program, and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. She has published and has forthcoming articles in Medical Anthropology Quarterly and Osiris, and is a contributor to the forthcoming volumes Crip Authorship (NYU Press, 2022) and How to Be Disabled in a Pandemic (NYU Press). Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of STS, disability studies, gender and sexuality studies, medical anthropology, and the history of capitalism. Her book project is called Biomedicine’s Binds: ME/CFS, Patient Activism, and the Work of Debility. It examines how biomedicine creates double-binds for people with ME/CFS: they live “in a bind” in the context of a condition without cure or sociomedical support, while also forming community in debilitated bodies, the ties that binds them together.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies
Leon J. Hilton is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, where he is a faculty affiliate with the Gender and Sexuality Studies and Science and Technology Studies programs. In addition, he is the co-convener of Brown's Disability Studies Working Group, launched in 2022. His academic research focuses on modern and contemporary theatre and performance, with particular attention to the way these fields overlap with disability studies and neurodiversity, feminist and queer theory, and psychoanalysis. He received a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. His first book, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press, examines how cultural attitudes towards neurological disability and difference have been represented, negotiated, and contested in performance across a range of genres—including theatre, documentary film, and media and performance art—from the mid-20th century through the present. He is on the advisory board of Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, a neurodiverse theatre company based in Providence, RI. In 2022, he was one of 10 scholars to receive the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, recognizing junior faculty who are committed to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.
Jina B. Kim
Assistant Professor of English Language & Literature and Study of Women & Gender, Smith College
Jina B. Kim is an Assistant Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. She teaches and writes about critical disability studies, feminist- and queer-of-color critique, and contemporary ethnic American literature. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Dreaming of Infrastructure: Crip-of-Color Imaginaries after the US Welfare State, which examines women- and queer-of-color literary expression in the afterlife of 1996 U.S. welfare reform. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Signs, Social Text, MELUS, American Quarterly, Disability Studies Quarterly, The South Atlantic Quarterly, and The Asian American Literary Review.
Sony Coráñez Bolton
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Latinx and Latin American Studies, Amherst College
Sony Coráñez Bolton is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latinx and Latin American Studies at Amherst College. His research interests converge the fields of disability studies, critical ethnic studies, and queer theory in the analysis of Philippine renditions of mestizaje in Asia and the diaspora. His forthcoming book "Crip Colony: Mestizaje, US Imperialism, and the Queer Politics of Disability in the Philippines" argues that mestizaje or racial admixture in the Philippines was a racial and colonial ideology of ability enmeshing Spanish humanism and US liberalism in the production and rehabilitation of Filipino "natives."