What is disability, and how did we come to know and feel what we think we know and feel about this realm of knowledge and lived experience? We approach disability not as fixed or singular category, but as a fluid, historically shifting, culturally-specific formation that intersects with race, class, gender, language and nation.
Looking for our latest Disability Studies event recording?
Here it is! Explore our latest event recording and transcript, “Research at the Intersections: Disability, Race, Indigeneity, Ethnicity.”
What does it mean to do genuinely intersectional research on disability, race, Indigeneity and ethnicity? Five scholars explain their current projects and discuss their intersectional topics and methods in this panel discussion.
Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores social, political, cultural, and economic factors that shape disability; considers the ways disability is understood and constructed across different historical moments, cultures, and nations; examines the intersectional relationships amongst disability, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality; and foregrounds the experiences and perspectives of disabled activists, scholars, artists, and thinkers.
Attend Upcoming & Watch Past Disability Studies Lectures
Learn directly from leading Disability Studies experts through our annual Disability Studies Lecture, where we explore exceptional research and hold critical discussion on intersectional scholarship, models of excellence and more.
Take a Disability Studies Course
- DISAB3000 – Introduction to Disability Studies
- DISAB 5880/GNDR 5880/GNDR 6880 – Bad Bodies: Gender & Disability
- DISAB 5420/GNDR 5420/ETHN 5420/GNDR 6420 – Race, Disability, and Illness
“Bad Bodies: Gender & Disability” and “Race, Disability, and Illness” both offer grad-level sections.
The University of Utah endeavors to ensure that its campus and programs are accessible and in compliance with state and federal disability laws and to provide reasonable accommodations to remove barriers that may prevent an individual with a disability from equally participating in academics, employment, or other University program.