Dr. Margaret Price. “Everyday Survival and Collective Action: What We Can Learn from Disabled Faculty about Access and Care.”
Abstract for talk: The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has raised startling questions about everyday life—for example, “How is it possible that I am required to do a full-time job while also providing full-time care for my family?” or “How can I negotiate questions of ‘safety’ with my co-workers, my community, even my closest loved ones?” These questions surged into the limelight in 2020, yet few realize that they were already active topics of conversation in small, interdependent communities of disabled, BIPOC, queer, and otherwise marginalized people. In this talk, Margaret Price draws upon data from a survey and interview study with disabled faculty (https://margaretprice.wordpress.com/disabled-faculty-study) to highlight themes such as “time,” “cost,” “technology,” and “accountability.” These themes not only teach us more about the everyday lives and strategies of disabled faculty members, but also demonstrate that all participants in higher education will benefit from a cultural shift toward shared accountability and interdependent forms of care.
Both the video for the speaker series event and the Writing Center @ MSU staff meeting are included below.
Writing Center Staff Meeting Talk
Bio: Margaret Price (https://english.osu.edu/people/price.1225) is Associate Professor and Director of Disability Studies at The Ohio State University, where she also serves as co-founder and lead PI on the Transformative Access Project (https://u.osu.edu/transformativeaccess/). Her book Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (University of Michigan Press) won the Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC). Other writing appears in Inside Higher Education, Disability Studies Quarterly, Ms. magazine, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. In 2017, Margaret was inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, and in 2020, she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study access and design at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Margaret’s current research project is a survey and interview study of disabled higher-education faculty. She is at work on a book titled Crip Spacetime, under contract with Duke University Press.