Articulating and Enacting Black Disability Politics in the National Black Women’s Health Project

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Date: March 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Category: Lecture

In Articulating and Enacting Black Disability Politics in the National Black Women’s Health Project, Dr. Sami Schalk provides a brief history of the National Black Women’s Health Project and analyzes how the organization articulated and enacted Black disability politics within their Black feminist health activism in the 1980s and 1990s. This talk is part of the book Black Disability Politics which explores Black activist and cultural worker engagement with disability as a political and social issue.

This event is free and open to the public on Zoom.

Dr. Sami Schalk (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her BA in English (Creative Writing) and Women’s Studies from Miami University, her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from University of Notre Dame, and her PhD in Gender Studies from Indiana University.

Dr. Schalk’s interdisciplinary research focuses broadly on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture, especially speculative fiction and Black literature. She has published on literature, film, and material culture in a variety of peer-reviewed humanities journals. 

Her first book Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Duke University Press 2018) argues that Black women writers of speculative fiction reimagine the possibilities and limits of bodyminds, changing the way we read and interpret categories like (dis)ability, race, gender and sexuality within the context of these non-realist texts. 

This event is made possible through the Dr. Thomas Klein Gender and Sexuality Speaker Series.


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