Chronic Illness in Academia  (Roundtable)


Pedagogy & Professional / Interdisciplinary Humanities

Heather Urbanski (Fitchburg State University)

The academic space we inhabit--as scholars and as teachers--is very much a domain for the able-bodied. Yet, as more and more academics are acknowledging, invisible disabilities like chronic illness are more common than the academy seems to realize.

This roundtable invites proposals from a variety of perspectives and professional experiences navigating an academic space where the opportunities, guidelines, expectations and accommodations are based nearly entirely on imagined ideals of what it means to be "healthy." Those who self-identify as chronically ill or otherwise disabled are especially invited to submit proposals, though such self-disclosure will not be required.
The academic space we inhabit--as scholars and as teachers--is very much a domain for the able-bodied even while invisible disabilities like chronic illness are more pervasive than many realize. This roundtable invites proposals from a variety of perspectives and professional experiences navigating an academic space where the opportunities, guidelines, expectations and accommodations are based nearly entirely on imagined ideals of what it means to be "healthy."