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William F. Edwards Lecture

"What is 'Disability' For?" by Joel Michael Reynoldsof the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University will take place October 27, 2022 at 4:15pm in Convocation Hall on Emory's campus.  

Disability is an everyday concept, and everyone thinks they have a grasp on what it means. But clearly defining "disability" proves exceptionally difficult. Some claim it's impossible, for the concept simply isn't coherent. What if instead of asking how to define the concept of disability, we ask what it is for? I explore a pragmatic theory of disability and argue that such an approach is better suited for the ends of not just disabled people, but everyone from medical professionals to activists to human rights lawyers. 

2022 Edwards Lecture flyer - "What is Disability for?"

Emory University Symposium for Psychoanalysis and Politics

SPAP will take place October 20-22, 2022 at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, though you may also attend via Zoom by emailing for the Zoom link.  SPAP is bringing together a range of scholars to discuss the relationship between psychoanalysis and politics. Over the course of three days, the Symposium’s participants will deliver and discuss presentations on a variety of thinkers, such as Lacan, Marx, Fanon, Althusser, Freud, Jung, Hegel, Kant, Irigaray, Anzaldùa, and
many others.

2022 SPAP flyer