June 18, 2024

Foss Contributes to Essay Collection

Chris Foss, Professor of English, recently published a chapter entitled “Building a Mystery:  Relative Fear and the 1990s Autistic Thriller” in Bloomsbury Press’s Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media, a collection of essays edited by Alexander N. Howe and Wynn Yarbrough.

Chris Foss Presents at Inaugural Conference in Italy

Chris Foss


Chris Foss, professor of English, presented a paper entitled “Erin Go Bharat: Political Affiliations with Ireland in Fin-de-Siècle Indian English-Language Poetry” at the historic first-ever supernumerary joint meeting of the North American Victorian Studies Association, the British Association of Victorian Studies, and the Australasian Victorian Studies Association.  The conference took place during the first week of June in Venice, Italy.

Chris Foss is Featured Panelist at Conference

Chris Foss, associate professor of English, is a featured panelist at the Plenary Kickoff Workshop on Thursday, March 22 for the Cripples, Idiots, Lepers, and Freaks: Extraordinary Bodies/Extraordinary Minds conference at CUNY (City University of New York).

The workshop is titled, “Constructions of Autism: Theorizing Voice and Identity ‘On the Spectrum,” and Foss is one of four autism studies scholars presenting work-in-progress and discussing the place of autism in both academia and society.

He also will participate in the conference’s Disability and Pedagogy roundtable that day with six other disability studies instructors.

The  conference is co-sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in English, the English Student Association, The Center for the Study of Women and Society, The Mellon Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, the Doctoral Students’ Council, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and The Center for the Humanities.

(dis)Ability @ UMW Blog

The UMW Informal Ad Hoc Committee on Disability would like to announce the official launch of its blog, (dis)Ability @ UMW.  Please take a moment to visit the site at http://discomm.umwblogs.org/.

The blog is a space where faculty, staff and students can go both to access information about disability-related matters and to engage in conversations around disability.

To help this become a reality, please send Chris Foss, associate professor of English, any articles of interest you come across in print or online, any notices about relevant events, any links to organization homepages or individual blogs or other websites and any other resources you would like to have uploaded.  Also, consider creating a page for yourself with any pertinent about you and your personal and/or professional relationship to disability.

Finally, if you have a question you’d like help with, or you have read or watched something you’d like others to respond to, or you’d just like to share some thoughts, please consider posting to the blog’s rolling discussion forum.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Foss at cfoss@umw.edu or (540) 654-1128.

Chris Foss Publishes Op-Ed in Fredericksburg Newspaper

Chris Foss, associate professor of English, had an op-ed piece published in the Friday, Dec. 9 issue of The Free Lance-Star. In the article, Foss discusses the ways in which the rhetoric surrounding Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol perpetuates stereotypes of individuals with disabilities.