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Access: Redefining Disability and Mobility Studies

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Duquesne University 


Inspired by our era of globalization and instantaneous communication, the Duquesne University English Department Graduate Student Conference seeks to begin a dialogue around conceptions of access, broadly defined. As the rise of Poststructuralism, Disability Studies, and Mobility Studies has provided the theoretical and linguistic frameworks for defining, explaining, and challenging traditional notions of access, we invite literary, historical, and cultural considerations of access: Historically, who has had access? How do texts navigate the political, economic, social, etc. constraints on access? How does asking this question raise awareness of contentious literary spaces? How do texts engage economic, social, cultural, psychological, legal, political, and medical discourses to complicate questions of access? How has the language of access been used to disenfranchise and marginalize groups and to conceal contentious places in literature and culture? How can reconsiderations of access contribute to these groups' re-enfranchisement through literary and cultural presence? We invite submissions for panels, papers, and alternative presentations exploring these theoretical models of access, mobility, and disability.

Conference information and highlights:

  • Registration will be held in the 2nd floor lobby of College Hall from 7:30am to 3:00pm on Saturday.
  • Panels will take place from 8:00am to 5:00pm  on Saturday.
  • Hotel Accommodations will be at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center: Call 412-471-4000 and tell them that you are with the "Duquesne University English Graduate Conference" by February 27 to get a rate of $169.00 per night.
  • We will be having a Saturday Night Creative Reading, open to the public. Our readers will include Eric Boyd, Marla Anzalone and Bob Craven. The Creative Reading will take place 5:30-7:00pm Student Union 119.

Duquesne's English Graduate Organization is honored to have Dr. Jonathan Hsy, of George Washington University, a medieval scholar researching disability studies for his current book project, as our keynote speaker. He will present his keynote address entitled: "Accessing Blind Lives: Multimodal Reading, Medieval and Modern" on Saturday with lunch at noon in the Cityview Cafe.We will also host a reading at the end of the conference day.

Registration form



    Some near-campus, alternate dining options include:

    TGI Fridays: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/go/tgi-fridays-at-consol-energy-center

    The Red Ring Bar & Grille: http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSMA/Duquesne/Locations/TheRedRingBarGrill.htm

    Salad Cafe (for breakfast or lunch): http://www.saladcafepgh.com/

    Pizza Milano: http://www.pizzamilano.net/

    Starbucks (located in the Union on campus): http://www.starbucks.com/


    Any questions or concerns can be directed to: accessMarch2015@gmail.com