Schedule of Events

1st Annual Conference “Engaging with Eco-Ability”

State University of New York at Binghamton

April 27, 28, 2013


Saturday, April 27th


Welcoming Address

10:00 – 11:30am

Norm Phelps: The Phenomenon of ‘Sub-Oppressors’: Resolving Conflicts of Interest Between Oppressed Groups Within the Framework of a Liberatory Politics”

Morgan Dunbar: Furry Aspirin: Ethical Considerations of Animal Assisted Therapy

Rob Glass: For Lack of the Other Inside Me: An Exploration of Bacteria, Gut Flora, Bowel Disorders and Disability

11:40 1:10pm

Sunaura Taylor: Cripping Animal Ethics

David Regan: “I Hear You”: The Address of the Elephant in Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See

Dylan O’Brien: Magic, Aliens, Robots, and Eco-Ability: Heisei Era (1989-Present) Japanese Young Adults’ Animation as Eco-ability Pedagogy

1:20 – 2:30pm

Lunch – Provided

2:30 3:30pm

Judy Bentley:  Human Disabilities, Nonhuman Animals, and Nature: Toxic Constructs and Transformative Technologies

Anthony Nocella II:  Defining Eco-Ability: Social Justice and the Intersectionality of Disability, Nonhuman Animals, and Ecology

3:40 – 5:10pm

Amber George: Disney’s Little “Freak” Show of Animals in Nature: A Dis-Ability. Pedagogical Perspective on the Disney Industrial Complex

Vasile Stanescu: Rights Without Reason: Beyond Critical Theory and Animal Studies

Robin Smith: Critical Perspectives on Disability Studies and Social Constructions of Environments: Commoditization and Its Effect on Society and Nature

Sunday, April 28th

9:30 – 11:00am

Zach Richter: (Im)Paired Resistance and (Dis)Abling Oppressive Systems Theory: The clash of historical materialist thought with micro-level forms of resistance

Trevor Reddick: Doing Away With Community: Thinking Queer Ecological Politics and its Radical Potential

Anna Pinchuck

11:10 – 11:30am

Refreshments – Provided

11:30 – 1:30pm

Wolbring Gregor: Eco-Aleism: Enabling and Disabling the Ecosystem

Judy Bentley: Deconstructing Symbolic Identities and Building on Eco-ability: Expanding the Domain of Environmental Justice

Joe Leeson-Schatz: Queering Vegetarian Politics: Beyond a Politics of Purity and Normalcy

1:40 – 2:30pm

Round Table Discussion on Future of Eco-Ability and Beyond


Closing Remarks