May Notices

Upcoming Events Our Events Calendar has treats for you. Some nearby highlights: Race and the Early Modern: New Scholars, New ScholarshipMay 24, 9:00-18:30 BST, Hosted by Medicine and the Making of Race & the Centre for Early Modern Studies “O, let me see thee walk”: a Roundtable on early modern embodiment and mobilityMay 27, 5PM…

Kzoo Preview

The International Congress on Medieval Studies has released a preview of the schedule for its 56th Congress. As always, the Congress is hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University. Rather than taking place in lovely Kalamazoo, the 56th Congress will take place via the Web from Monday, May 10 through Saturday, May 15,…
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MLA 2021

The 2021 Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association begins today, January 7, and runs through January 10. We’ve compiled a conference guide here. Up today: 9:15-10:30AM38 – Telling Trauma and Disability 12:45-2:00PM76 – Where’s the Body? Disability, Reading, and the Senses 4:15-5:30PM164 – Spenser and Disability
The cover of Orlemanski's book features the Wound Man on a parchment-like background. Orlemanski is featured in an author headshot: a white woman with blonde shoulder length hair wearing a black blazer and white shell. She is smiling.

Symptomatic Subjects

Julie Orlemanski’s Symptomatic Subjects: Bodies, Medicine, and Causation in Late Medieval Literature caught our attention today—just in time for the virtual book launch this afternoon! For details on the virtual launch events, including a conversation with Orlemanski and a panel of scholars in response to the text, check our calendar or visit In this…
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DSQ 40.4 (Fall 2020)

The Fall 2020 issue of Disability Studies Quarterly is here! Our readers will be most interested in Alice Equestri’s “Shakespeare and the Construction of Intellectual Disability: The Case of Touchstone.” Here’s the abstract: In this article I analyse how Shakespeare uses early modern paradigms of intellectual disability to construct the identity of Touchstone, the fool…
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Getting Started With Spenser

The International Spenser Society announces #GettingStartedWithSpenser, a workshop on developing inclusive teaching resources for reading Spenser in terms of race, gender, class, ecocriticism, and more. Speakers include Susanne Wofford, Debapriya Sarkar, Dennis Britton, Morgan Souza, and Ross Lerner. Ayesha Ramachandran is the moderator.  The event takes place on December 15th, 9am PST/12pm EST/5pm GMT. Sign up…
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UKDHM 2020 Open Resources

A number of resources have been made free during UK Disability History Month (November 18-December 18, 2020). A partial list–with emphasis on premodern disability–is below. Bloosmbury Cultural History: A Cultural History of Disability (all volumes) Manchester University Press: Disability Series (introductions only) The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies: select articles

Welcome to Premodern Disability

Premodern Disability is a resource aggregator for those who study disability in the medieval and early modern periods. While we are academics—teaching faculty and scholars in the humanities—we hope the content collected here will also appeal to students, arts practitioners, and those who are curious about the field of Disability Studies.  At present we are…