China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
This interdisciplinary and transnational panel brings together four presentations that approach modern and contemporary East Asia through a Disability Studies lens while analyzing disability in respective historical contexts. Disability Studies presumes “disability,” like “race” and “gender,” to be a socially constructed category, and examines its role in creating and reproducing social hierarchy. Considering that research on East Asia from a Disability Studies perspective is scarce, our panel brings new approaches and perspectives by illuminating how East Asian politics and culture are deeply shaped by intersections of disability, gender, imperialism, capitalism, and nationalism.