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My #Kzoo2015: A Recap

I just finished attending (and presenting at) my first-ever academic conference: the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, aka #Kzoo2015.  Here’s a recap: 1.  My presentation, on representations of mental difference and the rhetoric of disability in Gregory of Tours … Continue reading

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The Social Model of Disability: A Rather Short and Very Simplified Introduction

I wrote this just now for a person on Facebook who asked for a shorter and simpler introduction to the social model of disability than Google offered.  Since I imagine it will be useful to more than just the person … Continue reading

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Send Dani Alexis to SDS!

Yes, this is a plea for funding.  If you’d like to skip ahead to the funding part, my PayPal address is dani.alexis.ryskamp@gmail.com. So here’s the story: 1.)  After two years of MA work and just a few months before actually … Continue reading

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On Bodymind and (Migraine) Pain

While sitting in my doctor’s waiting room this morning, I began working my way through Margaret Price’s “The Bodymind Problem and the Possibilities of Pain.” I’ve been trying to come up with a metaphor for my experience of reading this … Continue reading

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Teaching the (Ab)Normal

  Our first-year writing program requires me to teach four basic genres of writing commonly encountered in college classrooms.  But it has almost no requirements in addition to these, which gives me a lot of flexibility in how I teach … Continue reading

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Whence the Heroic “Other”?

I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about Othering and its operation in literature, in various ways. Currently, “other” as a verb has a universally negative connotation.  “Benevolent Othering” sounds cozy but gets its “sting” from its implication that Othering … Continue reading

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I’m Giving a Paper at Congress!

Not Congress Congress.*  Unless you are a medievalist.  Then yes, Congress Congress.** Specifically, I’ll be presenting as part of MEARCSTAPA‘s “Monsters II: De/Coupling Monstrosity and Disability” panel at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, aka “Kalamazoo.”  This is the first paper … Continue reading

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