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Sarah Brophy ( is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. She is author of Witnessing AIDS: Writing, Testimony, and the Work of Mourning (2004) and essays in The End of Empire and the English Novel since 1945 and Contemporary Women’s Writing. With Janice Hladki, she co-edited the volume Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (2014). Her collaborative work includes exhibitions on political video art and self-portraiture as well as co-edited special issues of Interventions (2013) and the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies (2012). She is currently writing a book on queer and feminist cosmopolitanisms in postwar British literature and culture.

Eli Clare ( lives in Vermont, where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He is the author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (1999, 2009) and The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion (2007). He speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the US and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson ( is Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Emory University, where her fields of study are disability studies, American literature and culture, feminist theory, and bioethics. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities, broadly understood, to bring forward disability access, inclusion, and identity to communities inside and outside of the academy. She is the author of Staring: How We Look (2009) and several other books. Her current book project is Habitable Worlds: Disability, Technology, and Eugenics.

Janice Hladki ( is Associate Professor of Theater and Film Studies in the School of Arts at McMaster University. Her research contributes to feminist, critical disability, and visual culture studies. Recent publications include essays in Feminist Media Studies, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, and the Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art. With Sarah Brophy, she has co-edited the volume Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (2014) and a special double issue of the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies (2012). Her artistic record consists of research-informed curatorial work and theater and performance art projects. She is developing a book on disability and gender in film and video by artists.

Jonathan Hsy ( is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University. He is the author of Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature (2013), and he has recently published in Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media and Early Modern Women Journal. His current book project, Disability and Life Writing: Embodying Form, Then and Now, explores literary compositions by medieval authors who identify as blind or deaf. He serves on the Editorial Committee of the Digital Medieval Disability Glossary. [End Page 371]

Merri Lisa Johnson ( is Associate Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She is author of Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality (2010), and has edited several volumes in feminist cultural studies, including Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire, On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs (with Susannah Mintz), and DSM-CRIP (with Anna Mollow). She is currently at work on a book about suppressed and emergent discourses of borderline personality disorder in theory and popular culture, and she serves on the editorial board of Disability Studies Quarterly.

Kateřina Kolářová ( is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Chair of the Department of Gender Studies, Charles University, Prague. She is editor of the disability studies reader in Czech, Difference—Disability—Critique: The Disability Theory Reader (2012). Her recent essays appear in Foucault and Government of Disability (forthcoming), Export-Import-Transport: Queer Theory, Queer Critique and Activism in Motion (2012), and Hegemony and Heteronormativity: Revisiting ‘The Political’ in Queer Politics (2011). She is currently working on a monograph exploring the post-socialist and post...


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