Disability Aesthetics Symposium

Disability Aesthetics: Reframing Disability in Artistic, Curatorial, Material, and Visual Practice

January 28th – 29th, 2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison

By putting aesthetics and disability in conversation, this symposium seeks to query and alter normative judgments of the beautiful. At the same time, the symposium is aimed at developing different ways of working with the senses and affect to not only point out the ableist assumptions underlying traditional notions of beauty but also to formulate an alternate aesthetics that positions disability as central rather than as the extreme limit or aberrant exception. Our aim, in short, is to formulate a disability aesthetics.

Visit https://disabilityaestheticsuw.wordpress.com/ for a full schedule of events.

Visit http://humanities.wisc.edu/workshops/a.w.-mellon-workshops/disability-studies/ for additional information on the A.W. Mellon Workshop on Disability Studies.

The two day symposium is made possible with generous support from Anonymous Fund, The Jay & Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar Fund, and as a part of the A.W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.