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518. Age and/as Disability

Saturday, 11 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Chicago D, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Erin Lamb, Hiram Coll.

Speakers: Michael Bérubé, Penn State Univ., University Park; Lennard J. Davis, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Jane Gallop, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Ruediger P. Kunow, Univ. of Potsdam; Kathleen Woodward, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Session Description:

Disability studies and aging studies share fundamental approaches, yet theorists in these fields rarely converse, interventions to mitigate ableism and ageism rarely coincide, and our cultural narratives typically dichotomize: old age is de facto disability, or aging well a triumphant repudiation of disability. This roundtable provides for much-needed conversation among experts in these fields.


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