Medium shot of Dr. Sami Schalk. She is a light-skinned black woman with short curly hair and brown glasses. She is smiling to the camera in front of an off-white painted brick wall. She is wearing a black jacket over a purple dress, red lipstick and silver hoop earrings.
Dr. Sami Schalk. Photo by Smoketree Photography of Madison, WI.

Welcome to the website for Dr. Sami Schalk, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn more about Dr. Schalk, her work, and her speaking engagements by using the menu links above.

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Access Copies

Links for access copies to talks will be listed here around the date of the event. If you are looking for a copy of a previous talk that has already been removed, you can request a copy here

News

Do you want to get a free copy of my book?! The best way to do that is to write a review! I am hoping to promote the book in academic, activist, and fan circles. Duke will send hard copies to academic journals who then pass them on the reviewers, but you can get a jump on that process by writing the review editor for your favorite journal and asking them to let you review the book. If you are a non-academic but have a relationship with activist or fan websites that include book reviews or author interviews, Duke will send you a free PDF version of the book for that.

For what it’s worth, Bodyminds Reimagined engages the following fields and topics:
Disability Studies
Black feminist theory
African American Literature
Speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, magical realism)
Genre studies
Popular culture/popular fiction studies
Science, Technology and Medicine (in relation to race, gender and disability)
The power of representation

Individual chapters address themes like:
Disability and metaphor
Disability and slavery
Able-mindedness
Race and Gender in psychiatry
Police violence
Imagined futures
Disability and pleasure
Non-human beings and disability
Representation and pleasure

Want to review the book? Academics should contact journal book review editors (typically listed on the journal’s website) and anyone wanting to review for spaces beyond academic journals should message me and I’ll put you in touch with the right folks at Duke. Thanks in advance for helping me spread the word about Bodyminds Reimagined!
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Are you a Madison local? Want to celebrate the release of my book with me? Then check out this event!

For non-locals: Pre-order your book now! I will be having additional book events/signings this year at several academic conferences, including WisCon, Cultural Studies Association, American Studies Association, and National Women's Studies Association.
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Book Release Party: Bodyminds Reimagined

March 16, 2018, 6:00pm - March 16, 2018, 9:00pm

Come celebrate the official release of Dr. Sami Schalk's first monograph, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction, published by Duke University Press. A Room of One's Own bookstore will be on site for those wanting to buy a copy. Dr. Schalk will talk briefly about the book and sign copies around 6:30pm. Afterward, everyone is invited to stay and celebrate. Light snacks will be provided, drop in any time. The venue is wheelchair accessible for entry. Please come scent-free to this event.

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Come celebrate the official release of Dr. Sami Schalk's first monograph, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction, published by Duke University Press. A Room of One's Own bookstore will be on site for those wanting to buy a copy. Dr. Schalk will talk briefly about the book and sign copies around 6:30pm. Afterward, everyone is invited to stay and celebrate. Light snacks will be provided, drop in any time. The venue is wheelchair accessible for entry. Please come scent-free to this event. ... See MoreSee Less

Book Release Party: Bodyminds Reimagined

March 16, 2018, 6:00pm - March 16, 2018, 9:00pm

Come celebrate the official release of Dr. Sami Schalk's first monograph, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction, published by Duke University Press. A Room of One's Own bookstore will be on site for those wanting to buy a copy. Dr. Schalk will talk briefly about the book and sign copies around 6:30pm. Afterward, everyone is invited to stay and celebrate. Light snacks will be provided, drop in any time. The venue is wheelchair accessible for entry. Please come scent-free to this event.

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