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>From: "Anna Mollow" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Marxism and Disability (3/1/06; MLA '06)
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>Call for Proposals for MLA 06, Division of Disability Studies Session:
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>The articulation of the "social model" of disability in Britain in the 1970s
>was explicitly Marxist: disability, the model's authors claimed, was a
>category whose invention was directly tied to the rise of capitalism, as
>those who couldn't participate in the labor force were designated
>"disabled."  In their incarnations in the US, however, analyses of
>disability as a social process have tended to lose their Marxist inflections
>in favor of a more identity politics orientation, emphasizing the formation
>and assertion of positive disabled identities in resistance to negative
>cultural representations of bodily difference.  We're soliciting papers that
>bring together the strengths of both of these approaches: studies of
>disability that situate it geopolitically and underscore its material
>contours, while at the same time attending carefully to the complex ways in
>which its materialization occurs through the mobilization of cultural and
>discursive structures.  We seek papers addressing disability's relations to
>neoliberalism, globalization and counterglobalization, Empire, the state of
>exception, and flows of corporate capital.
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>We're interested not only in papers that explore these relations in regard
>to visible, physical impairments, but also in those that consider the ways
>in which cognitive and psychiatric impairment, chronic illness, and
>invisible disability are produced and responded to in capitalist economies.
>Moreover, we seek work that considers the relationship between disability
>and capitalism at multiple loci of disability's construction: acquisition of
>impairments; recognition or denial of these impairments as biological
>realities; medicalization and the administration or withholding of
>"treatment"; and consolidation of disabled identities, both "positive" and
>"negative."
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>Abstract and short biography to Anna Mollow by March 1, 2006
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>Anna Mollow
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>Ph.D. Candidate
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>Department of English
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>University of California, Berkeley
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>322 Wheeler Hall
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>Berkeley, California 94720
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>Phone: 510-642-3467
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>Fax: 510-642-8738

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