About the Author

Lisa Beckmann

E-Mail: Lisa.Beckmann@anglistik.uni-giessen.de

Lisa Beckmann is currently an MA student at Justus Liebig University Giessen. She wrote her MA thesis on “The Form and Function of Disability Poetry” (submitted 05/2017). In addition to working as a student assistant to Prof. Dr. Greta Olson, she also works as a tutor at the German department (Prof. Dr. Uwe Wirth) and as a student library assistant at the English department’s library. Her research interest is disability studies, especially the intersections between disability studies/feminism and disability studies/law.

Contributions by Author: Lisa Beckmann

Undoing Ableism

Disability as a Category of Historical and Legal Analysis

There is a fundamental contradiction at the heart of disability politics. While Anglophone disability studies argue for the inherent politicity of disability as a legal and political issue, disability as a category of analysis remains largely absent from historical, political, and legal discourse. [2] To make matters even more complex, ‘disability’ has more than one meaning. There is the medical model of disability, […]