Websites and Organizations

“CripAntiquity is an international advocacy organization for disabled and neurodivergent students, teachers, scholars, staff, artists, and writers in ancient studies. Our mission is to combat ableism by amplifying disabled and neurodivergent perspectives; creating resources that will empower individuals and transform institutions; and fostering community among our members.”

Disability History and the Ancient World
“This website tries to bring together all scholars dealing with disability history of the ancient world. Quite contrary to disability studies for other periods, research into this subject has just begun to develop and specialists are few.”

History of Disease, Disability & Medicine in Medieval Europe
“This research blog aim to promote this filed of research in France and in Europe and will make sure to share latest publishing events, future meeting (such as conference, colloquium, round table), and to relay call for paper or contribution on disability in pre-modern societies, with particular focus on Middle Ages.”

History of Learning Disability
“We are a group of academics researching the history of learning disability, the history of intellectual disability, and the history of developmental disability.”

“ReMeDHe (pronounced “Remedy”) is a working group for Religion, Medicine, Disability, Health, and Healing in Late Antiquity. … many of us … have been building a community to track and coordinate our research projects, to provide feedback on works-in-progress, and to explore potential avenues for collaboration. Co-Directors of the ReMeDHe working group, Kristi Upson-Saia (Occidental College) and Heidi Marx (formerly Marx-Wolf, University of Manitoba), along with the ReMeDHe Board, are working on creating opportunities for conversation and collaboration.”

Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages
“The Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of medieval disease, disability, injury, illness, and impairment within their social context.” Supervised by administrator Kisha Tracy of Fitchburg State University.

UK Disability History and Heritage Hub
“The UK Disability History and Heritage Hub is a small group, created by PhD students with links to the heritage industry. We felt there was space for a network to allow those interested in Disabled, Neurodiverse, and D/deaf histories, from the ancient world to the modern era, to connect and collaborate. This hub is open to researchers, students, archivists, museum professionals, activists and anyone in-between!”

Premodern Disability Studies Bibliography

Stay tuned for annotations and additional entries.

Cross-Period Premodern Disability Studies Scholarship

Ancient and Classical Disability Studies (up to 500 C.E.)

Medieval/Post-Classical Disability Studies (500 C.E. to 1500 C.E.)

Early Modern/Early Global Disability Studies (1500 to later 1600s)

Long Eighteenth Century Disability Studies

Premodern and Modern Disability in Conversation

Key Works in Disability Studies as a Broader Field

Sources compiled by Bellee Jones-Pierce, Lindsey Row-Heyveld, James Nysse, and Bridget Bartlett.