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Published: 2019-11-14

Distinguished Disability Scholar is Guest Professor at Umeå University

NEWS Between November 11 and December 10, 2019, Catherine J. Kudlick is Visiting Guest Professor at Umeå University, hosted by the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. She is an internationally recognized scholar and key influencer in the cross-disciplinary field of disability studies. Kudlick is Professor of History at the Department of History, San Francisco State University, USA, where she is also Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability.

Text: Sandra Olsson

Researches representations of disability in history and actively engaged in rights for people with disabilities

Professor Catherine J. Kudlick researches representations of disability in history and has an expertise in the building of bridges between academy and community. She is leading a Disability Film Festival in the USA and recently turned her research into fiction. 

Teaches, gives lectures and participates in seminars, a workshop and a film festival during her visit

During her Umeå visit, Kudlick will participate in seminars on Disability Activism and on Fictionary Writing and collaborate with Lotta Vikström, Professor of History at Umeå University. Kudlick will contribute to Umeå European Film Festival and meet Disability Organizations in the town.  

At Umeå University, Kudlick will also teach students at the course “The Image of the Other” and interact with scholars in seminars/workshops organized by Lotta Vikström and her team within the ERC-funded DISLIFE project, and the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Department of Culture and Media Studies, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR), Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) and Umeå Centre for Disability Research (UCFF).

Program with Kudlick

  1. Kudlick participates at the Research Seminar in History and History of Ideas,  where Oana Cojocaru, Postdoc in History, presents a paper ‘Childhood and Experiences of Disability in Byzantium’.
    Friday 15 November at 10:15-12:00, Humanities building, room HD108.                
  2. Kudlick featuring UMEÅ EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
    Wednesday 27 November at 17:00-19:30. Place: Väven, Umeå City Centre 
  3. Kudlick presents her disability history research at the CEDAR Seminar
    Thursday 28 November at 13:00-14:00. Place: CEDAR, 4th floor, Northern Behavioural Science Building
  4. Kudlick gives a talk at the OPEN SEMINAR, “History of Activism and History as Activism: Lessons learned from the USA”
    Tuesday 3 December at 13:15-15:00. Place: Samvetet, Social Sciences building                
  5. Interactive Show Case Evening with Kudlick showing films and telling about her Disability Film Festival in the USA
    Tuesday 3 December at 18:00-21:00. Place: Funktionsrätt Västerbotten, Mariehem, Mariehemsvägen 7 N, Umeå
  6. Following-up Workshop of above Activism seminar with Master and PhD students and senior scholars
    Wednesday 4 December at 10:15-12:00. Place: Humanities building, room HC202     
  7. Kudlick contributes to the Seminar “When Academics find New Voices: Turning Scholarly Research into Fiction”
    Friday 6 December at 13:15-16:00, Place: Humanities building, room HB207    

Learn more about Catherine J. Kudlick





Lotta Vikström, Professor of History at Umeå University