Disability Scholar to Speak at UW Wednesday

March 26, 2013

Robert McRuer, who teaches queer theory, disability studies and critical theory at George Washington University, will discuss those subjects Wednesday, March 27, at 4:15 p.m. in Room 129 of the University of Wyoming Classroom Building.

An English professor, McRuer will discuss “Disability and Queerness in Crisis: Austerity, Excess, and Social Justice” in a free public presentation. UW’s Wyoming Institute for Disabilities and the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice sponsor McRuer’s talk.

He is the author of “Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability” and “The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities.”

With Abby L. Wilkerson, he co-edited “Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies” for a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Identities. He recently co-edited, with Anna Mollow, the anthology “Sex and Disability” in which Wyoming native Michelle Jarman appears.

McRuer now is completing a manuscript tentatively titled “Crippling Austerity.”

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