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About the Conference:

The English Student Association at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference, “Disability is Not a Metaphor”: Access and Accessibility at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York NY on March 13, 2020 from 10AM-6PM.

About ESA:

The Graduate Center English Student Association connects current students and alumni of the GC English program through news, events, the annual conference, and regular governance meetings.

About the Co-Chairs:

Jessica Lugo (she/her/hers) is a PhD student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research includes the study of classical influences in Early Modern English Drama and the means by which the classics are routinely fractured in the service of an Elizabethan/Jacobean social agenda. Her pedagogical interests focus on the state of the university, diversifying student admission practices, and the ways in which the humanities can become more accessible to entry-level students.

Jesse Rice-Evans (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is a white chronically ill scholar studying disability and digital rhetorics, femme embodiment, and Pokémon GO, based in unceded Lenape territory. She works as a Digital Pedagogy Fellow with the OpenLab at City Tech and a Web Development and Documentation Fellow with the CUNY Humanities Alliance. Read her work in Apogee, Nat. Brut, Visible Pedagogy, Entropy, and many others. Her first full-length book of poetry The Uninhabitable (2019) is out now from Sibling Rivalry Press.


Christian Lewis (he/him/his and she/her/hers) is a third-year graduate student and PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a Victorianist and focuses on the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality in nineteenth-century British novels; he also works in the field of medical humanities and performance studies. He teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In addition to academia, he is a freelance theater critic and can be found on twitter @clewisreviews.

Emily Price (she/her/hers) is a second-year PhD student in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a medievalist researching the representation of mental health in medieval literature and medicine. Her research interests include materiality, manuscript studies, and medievalisms in contemporary culture. In her free time, she writes fiction and draws comics. She is @the_emilyap on Twitter.

Miranda Hajduk (she/her/hers) is a second year PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her primary interests include weird medieval ideas about bodies, medieval disability studies, and the history of humoral medicine. Her work utilizes medieval epistemology of the body in order to intervene upon readings of monstrous, queer, and disabled bodies in medieval poetry. She is a Libra/Scorpio cusp and loves personality quizzes or anything having to do with the zodiac. You can find her @profhajduk on Twitter.