AFAM Endeavors: Sami Schalk, “Black Women’s Speculative Fiction and the Deconstruction of Able-Mindedness”

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm
African American Studies See map
81 Wall Street, Room 201
New Haven
Sponsored by RITM

Dr. Sami Schalk is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at UW-Madison. Her research focuses on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture, especially African American and women’s texts.

Dr. Schalk’s first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction, was published by Duke University Press in 2018. Dr. Schalk’s work has also appeared in a variety of journals such as “Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies,” “Journal of Modern Literature,” “Journal of Popular Culture, Girlhood Studies, and African American Review.”

Dr. Schalk teaches courses on disability studies, black feminism, intersectionality, and literature such as “Gender & Social Justice Literature,” “Gender, Disability & Sexuality,” and “Adaptations of Black Women’s Literature.” Learn more about her at

This event is sponsored by the African American Studies Department Endeavors Colloquium and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration.