2013/2014 DISCO Travel Grant Awardees

Krupal Amin (Ph.D. student, Department of English) attended the American Literature Association Conference in May to present her paper "Disability and Nationality as Liminal Power in Animal’s People." This presentation is taken from a fully-drafted article that is currently in review.

Krista Benson (Ph.D. student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; GIS, Sexuality Studies) attended the Conference on Human Rights, Sexuality, and Public Policy in May  to present her paper "“They Say I’m Gonna Be Their Little Girl”: The Co-Creation of the Dangerous Queer and the Racialized Rapeable Subject in Beyond Scared Straight." This presentation is a part of a larger article, which is currently in process.

Devon Brown (Psychology / Sexuality Studies double major) presented "What's wrong with beautiful?: An exploration of gender bias in related programs" at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in April. This paper presented her qualitative and quantitative anlysis of gender bias in leadership development program manuals, research which is the foundation of her undergraduate thesis.

Brad Freeman (Ph.D. student, Department of English) attended the Association for Asian American Studies conference in April to present “‘The Foundation of Our House’: Laboring Women and the Triumphant Spring in Ayako Ishigaki’s Restless Wave." The paper is drawn from a chapter of his dissertation, “Asian American Radical Literature: Marxism, Revolution, and the Politics of Form,” which explores the work of four writers—H. T. Tsiang (1899-1971), Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956), Ayako Ishigaki (1903-1996), and Milton Murayama (1923-)—who concertedly connect the significance of class struggle and political radicalism to issues of immigration, racial discrimination, and acculturation.

Tamar Kodish (Psychology major, Disability Studies minor) attended the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity to present "Disability Through A Global Lens: Understanding Disability in Cultural Contexts." This paper builds on her senior honors thesis in Psychology, a comparative study of disability programs for children in Ecuador and Israel.

Cameron Shriver (Ph.D. student, Department of History) attended the Miami Tribe’s Winter Gathering and Stomp in January. He works with the Miami Indian nation of Ohio as a historical consultant in their language reclamation project, an experience which shaped his use of language in tracking the changing meanings of territory and nation for Native peoples in his dissertation.

Lauren Strand (Ph.D student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies) presented her paper "Broadening Discussions of Governmentality: the Empowerment of Subjected Citizens" at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in April. This paper demonstrates how disability theory can be put into conversation with political theory, a key component of her dissertation research on the inclusion of women with disabilities in STEM fields.

Andrew Sydlik (M.A. student, Department of English) presented his paper “Fit for Freedom: Disability and Racism in Nineteenth-century African American Literature" at the New Directions Graduate Student Conference at the University of Arizona. This paper pulls from work that he has done for his MA thesis, which  interrogates the racial assumptions and oversights in scholarly approaches to disability.

Adrienne Winans (Ph.D. student, Department of History) attended the Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference in May to present her paper Marital Choices: Chinese American Women’s Citizenship, Belonging, and the State." This paper is a connected to her larger dissertation topic, entitled “Race, Space, and Gender: Re-mapping a Chinese America from the Margins, 1875-1943.”

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