Keynote Speakers

“Interdisciplinary Scholarship, Intersectional Activism: A Conversation with Alison Kafer and Sami Schalk”

Saturday, September 29, 5:15-6:45 pm with reception to follow

Glickman Conference Center, Patton Hall (RLP)

Join us for an interactive dialogue on coalitional politics and interdisciplinary scholarship as a means to confront the various breakdowns of our current moment. In an attempt to mitigate hierarchy and maximize the voices present, we will be posing questions to Drs. Kafer and Schalk and inviting both them and the audience to respond.


Dr. Alison Kafer

(Southwestern University)


Alison Kafer is a professor of feminist studies at Southwestern University, where she also teaches in the environmental studies and race & ethnicity studies programs. She is the author of Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana, 2013). Her work has also appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Disability Studies Quarterly, Feminist Disability Studies, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Sex and Disability


Dr. Sami Schalk

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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Sami Schalk is an assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on race, disability, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. Her first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Duke UP 2018) explores how black women writers of speculative fiction use the non-realist genre to re-imagine the possibilities, limits, and meanings of (dis)ability, race, and gender. Dr. Schalk is currently working on a new project on black disability politics in the post-Civil Rights era.