Disability in the Vast Early Americas
This interdisciplinary conference explores the experiences, representations, concepts, and categories of disability among diverse peoples in the Americas from the pre-Columbian era to approximately 1850. Our scope is “vast” — chronologically, geographically, and topically — with papers that investigate disability and slavery, indigeneity, colonization, religion, material culture, and the family, among other topics, in North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Organized by Laurel Daen (University of Notre Dame) and Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy (University of New Brunswick). Sponsored by the Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters’ Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
Image description: A Black man in a sailor’s uniform leans on a crutch and a cane. On top of his head is a hat featuring a large model ship.