Disability at the Turn of the Century
Virtual Panel
Sponsored by: Art History & Aestheticism Caucus; Decadence Caucus; Cusp: Late 19th-/Early 20th-Century Cultures

May 10, 2024
9am PDT | 12pm EDT | 5pm BST

This panel, co-sponsored by the Aestheticism & Decadence Caucus, the Art History Caucus, and the journal Cusp: Late 19th-/Early 20th-Century Cultures, will allow for thinking across national and disciplinary boundaries as well as boundaries of periodization by attending to the theorization of disability in literature and culture at the turn of the century. Participants will have the opportunity to annotate and engage with short pieces from a forthcoming disability studies cluster to be published in Cusp as well as visual works connected to the essays.


Kristin Mahoney (Michigan State U)

Robert Volpicelli (Randolph-Macon College)
“Disability on the Cusp: Transitions, Transformations, Intersections”

Craig Rustici (Hofstra University)
“Vision, Revision, and Aesthetic Nervousness in H. G. Wells’s ‘The Country of the Blind’”

Alessandra Occhiolini (CUNY)
“Arriving, Arriving, Arriving: The Periodicity Paradox in Disability Studies”

Maren Linett (Purdue U)
“Disability Untheorized: Critiques of Eugenics, Then and Now”

Stephen Knadler (Spelman College)
“Paranormal Counterintelligence: Early Black Disability Politics beyond the Human”

Rafael Hernandez (Oklahoma SU)
“The Aesthetic Turn in Degeneration and Disability”

Jess L. Wilcox Cowing (College of Wooster)
“Crip Interventions in Zitkála-Šá’s Boarding School Stories”

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