mind, or are imagined as being located in the mind. So, this is an interesting way to bring together, for example, intellectual disabilities, mental illness, brain injuries, chronic illnesses that may affect mental functions and cognitive disabilities. It’s a really interesting and important thing to think about the commonalities among those states of being in the world. What does it do in terms of your communication? What does it do in terms of how you’re perceived as a viable rhetor in the world? That’s what rhetoricians would call rhetoricity, whether you’re received as a viable speaker — how persuasive your appeal to ethos is. Amy: What have you been working on since your awardwinning book Mad at School was published? Margaret: In the last five years or so, since I wrote Mad at School, I’ve become interested in material and spatial analyses around disability. My current project looks at a concept that I’m calling crip spacetime. I’m thinking in particular about how disabled people, or those culturally affiliated as crips, move together and how we gather.
The Department of English welcomes new faculty member in Disability Studies, Associate Professor
MARGARET PRICE Interviewed by folklorist and disability studies scholar Professor Amy Shuman ( March 15, 2016) Amy: Where do you situate yourself within Disability Studies?
Margaret: My area of specialization is mental health. I use “mental disability” as an umbrella term to bring together various disabilities that are imagined as having to do with the
I’m also working on an interview study with Stephanie Kerschbaum. In it, we’re interviewing faculty with a range of disabilities, investigating the rhetorical process of disclosure. We’ve also gotten interested in issues of emotional labor as it circulates around being disabled in the workplace. We’ve interviewed more than 30 faculty, but we have many more volunteers than that, and are still completing interviews. Amy: How has your transition from a small department at a liberal arts college to a large research university gone? Margaret: I’ve found that the English department at Ohio State is full of interesting connections to disability studies — through narrative medicine, history, folklore, professional communication and in other areas. I’m still learning how things work, but I’m already impressed by the substantial infrastructure around disability and health humanities that exists here — such as the interdisciplinary Disability Studies Graduate Student Group. I’m looking forward to learning more.
In Good Company: (adapted from an Ohio State Alumni magazine article, by Beth Lindsmith) Sitting on her front porch, Michelle Herman rattles off a slew of student achievements as she soothes her restless dog, Molly. “At least 75 books, Guggenheim fellowships, a bunch of literary prizes and at least one or two of our grads from each class is landing a tenure-track job right out of school, which is almost impossible. It’s all amazing for a very small program that’s just 22 years old,” she declares, now in full-on proud mama mode. Molly barks, apparently impressed.
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