HSCI Department Colloquium

Thu, December 1, 20167:30 PM

Panel presentation on disability studies: This week we are proud to bring to OU two distinguished scholars doing work in the rapidly growing field of disability studies, Dr. Sara Scalenghe of Loyola University, MD, and Dr. Michael Rembis of the University of Buffalo. They will speak this Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Kerr Auditorium at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History; they will each give a short talk describing their work, why they find it exciting and important, and how it fits with other work in disability studies. There will be lots of time for discussion with the audience as well. Please come join us—and invite anyone you think will be interested, as this event is intended to be open to the university community and beyond.

Professors Michael Rembis and Sara Scalenghe

Part of a manuscript workshop for Assistant Professor Aparna Nair.  Flyer

Thursday, December 1, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Kerr Auditorium

Sara Scalenghe is a historian of the social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East, with a focus on the Arab world. She graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a B.A. in Arabic and Persian, and then went on to pursue an M.A. in Arab Studies and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and North African History from Georgetown University. Before returning to the East Coast and joining the Department of History at Loyola University Maryland in 2009, she held a Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, followed by two years as an Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington. Prof. Scalenghe's research has been supported by numerous grants, including fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright-Hays program, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the American Historical Association. Her first book, Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Paperback, 2016), won the 2016 Disability History Association Outstanding Book Award, as well as an Honorable Mention in the 2015 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies. It examines blindness, deafness, madness, and intersex in early modern Egypt and Greater Syria. Recent reviews of Disability in the Ottoman Arab World can be read here. She is currently writing a book on disability in the Arab world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prof. Scalenghe serves on the Editorial Review Board of Disability Studies Quarterly. She is a core faculty member in the Global Studies program at Loyola, and in 2015 she received a Dean's Achievement Award.

Michael Rembis is the Director of the Center for Disability Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of History. His work, which has appeared in many journals and edited collections, has won several awards, including the 2008 Irving K. Zola Award, awarded annually by the Society for Disability Studies to emerging scholars. His first book, Defining Deviance: Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls, 1890-1960, is available from University of Illinois Press. His recent projects include, Disability Histories (University of Illinois Press, 2014), an edited collection of new and original historical essays co-edited with Susan Burch, [The Oxford] Handbook of Disability History, which he is currently co-editing with Kim Nielsen and Catherine Kudlick, and a third edited collection of new and original essays, Disabling Domesticity, forthcoming from Palgrave McMillan. In 2012, Rembis and co-editor Kim Nielsen launched the Disability Histories book series with University of Illinois Press. His research interests include the history of institutionalization, mad people’s history, and the history of eugenics. His second single-authored book is currently titled, ‘A Secret Worth Knowing’: Living Mad Lives in the Shadow of the Asylum.

Note:  Lunch for graduate students with guest speakers earlier in the day or Friday.

For further information or accommodation on the basis of disabilities, please contact Hunter Heyck at 405-325-2213 or hheyck@ou.edu.