Humanities Institute Speaker via Skype: Tobin Siebers "The Mad Women Project: Disability and the Aesthetics of Human Disqualification"

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Scripps - Garrison Theater
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Scripps - Humanities Institute
Scripps Humanities Institute

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
7:30 p.m.
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

“The Mad Women Project: Disability and the Aesthetics of Human Disqualification”
V.L. Parrington Collegiate Professor, Professor of English Language and Literature, and Art & Design
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

** EVENT UPDATE -- Lecture and discussion will be conducted via Skype. **

Tobin Siebers has been selected for fellowships by the Michigan Society of Fellows, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Institute for the Humanities.  In 1999 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for "My Withered Limb," an account of growing up with polio. His principal contributions to literary and cultural criticism have been in disability studies. Other areas include: aesthetics and politics of identity, literary criticism of the cold-war era, psychoanalysis, literature and anthropology, and creative nonfiction. Siebers's major publications include ten books including most recently DISABILITY THEORY and DISABILITY AESTHETICS. He is also the editor of RELIGION AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE PAST, HETEROTOPIA: POSTMODERN UTOPIA AND THE BODY POLITICS, and THE BODY AESTHETIC: FROM FINE ART TO BODY MODIFICATION. Works in progress include essays on disability aesthetics and the representation of madness.

From 1999 to 2005, Korean photographer Park Young-Sook investigated the representation of women with mental disabilities by photographing gestures and postures used to identify the women as “crazy.”   Using The Mad Women Project as a starting point, Siebers will examine the physical echoes of cognitive and intellectual disability, interrogating how aesthetics both  participates in the disqualification of disabled people as inferior and stigmatizes appearances associated with disabled minds. Siebers will also explore The Mad Women Project in the context of feminist theory and the work of Cindy Sherman.

Scripps College Humanities Institute Fall 2011 series: "Performing the Body Politic: Transgressions, Interventions, and Expressive Culture"

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