Podcast

The Disability History Association podcast features recent work in disability history—both inside and outside academia. Episodes can be streamed below, or you can download an mp3 or a pdf transcript.

If you have any questions or comments about the podcast, please contact Caroline Lieffers at clieffers@gmail.com.

Episode 3 (May 2018): Disabled Homemakers in Postwar America

Dr. Laura Micheletti Puaca discusses her chapter, “The Largest Occupational Group of All the Disabled: Homemakers with Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation in Postwar America,” which was published in the collection Disabling Domesticity (2017) and won one of the Disability History Association’s publication awards.

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Dr. Laura Micheletti Puaca is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Minor Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at Christopher Newport University. Her research interests include U.S. women’s history, disability studies, and the history of science and technology. Laura’s recent book, Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), won the 2017 History of Science Society’s Margaret W. Rossiter Prize for best book on the history of women in science. She also won the 2017 Disability History Association’s Publication Award for Best Article/Book Chapter for her essay, “The Largest Occupational Group of All the Disabled: Homemakers with Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation in Postwar America” that appeared in Michael Rembis, ed. Disabling Domesticity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Building on this research, Laura is currently working on a new book-length project examining disability and domesticity in the post-World War II United States.


Episode 2 (March 2018): Blindness in French Fiction

Dr. Hannah Thompson discusses her new book, Reviewing Blindness in French Fiction, 1789-2013.

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Dr Hannah Thompson (Hannah.thompson@rhul.ac.uk) is a Reader in French at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely on nineteenth-century French prose fiction, with particular reference to gender, sexuality and the non-normative body (Naturalism Redressed: Identity and Clothing in the Novels of Emile Zola (Oxford: Legenda, 2004); Taboo: Corporeal Secrets in Nineteenth-Century France (Oxford: Legenda, 2013)). Her third monograph, Reviewing Blindness in French Fiction (Palgrave, 2017), marks the beginning of a new research interest in the intersections between Critical Disability Studies and French Studies. Hannah is currently working on creative audio description and the notion of ‘blindness gain’. She is the author of the popular blog Blind Spot (https://hannah-thompson.blogspot.co.uk/). Follow her on twitter @BlindSpotHannah.


Episode 1 (January 2018): Disability and The Waltons

Haley Gienow-McConnell discusses her research on representations of disability in the hit 1970s TV show.

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Haley Gienow-McConnell is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her research interests include cultural histories of disability, deaf histories, and histories of women’s health and disability. She is a fluent ASL-user, and lives with her deaf husband and their daughter in Thorold, Ontario. Haley also recently published a deaf/disability positive children’s book entitled “A Sense of Love.” She can be reached at haleygm@yorku.ca or on Twitter at @HaleyAnnGM.