Welcome to “Global Histories of Disability!” This four-week NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers will take place at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. from June 18 to July 13, 2018. The institute will host twenty-five scholars from different disciplines and at different stages in their careers, including up to three advanced graduate students and at least five non-tenure track faculty, who share a strong interest in the history of disability. Each participant will receive a $3,300 stipend.

The institute’s goals are to examine the development and main theoretical and methodological debates of this rich and vibrant field; to engage in an intellectually rigorous exploration of how different societies throughout history have understood, experienced, and responded to impairments of the senses, of the body, and of the mind; and to suggest tools, resources, and strategies to incorporate disability into teaching and research.

The field has made spectacular strides over the past two decades, and disability histories of regions other than Europe and the United States are finally being written. Thus, the institute’s three core units are organized geographically and include the United States, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. We will meet five days a week, usually from 9:30 am to 3 pm, with optional meetings from 3 to 4 pm (see the Schedule for details) and optional evening and weekend activities. We will also take full advantage of the unparalleled opportunities offered by Washington, D.C. These include a special session on disability and material culture at the National Museum of American History, the exhibits “‘Science’ of Race” and “Murder of the Handicapped” at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and guided tours of the FDR memorial, the Helen Keller statue in the U.S. Capitol building, and the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. We look forward to receiving your application!

Sara Scalenghe, Institute Director
Loyola University Maryland                                                          

Last updated on February 14, 2018.