Lisa Beckmann, M.A.

Lisa Beckmann is a PhD student of Prof. Greta Olson. Situated at the intersection between Disability History, Feminism, and American Cultural Studies, her PhD project focuses on the cultural and sexual politics of disability representation in the US eugenics movement.

As a research assistant to Prof. Olson she is responsible for running the department’s MA thesis support program.

Besides her academic endeavors, Lisa aims to integrate her research into a form of activism that explores disability as a lived experience both in- and outside of academia. Her key interest is to bring greater visibility to chronically ill and disabled PhD students.

Lisa is a recipient of the graduate scholarship offered by Justus-Liebig-University Gießen (Graduiertenstipendium der JLU).

Teaching (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, WS 2018/19):

  • BA Seminar: Introduction to Feminist Disability Studies

Following the credo of the disability rights movement “Nothing About Us Without Us,“ this course is based on the assumption that disability is everywhere – once you begin to look for it. However, disability remains overlooked and unseen in the feminist triad gender, race, and class. This course seeks to fill this gap by asking is there a feminist side to being disabled? What does it mean to inject disability into feminist thought? To answer these questions we will discuss key concepts of disability and feminist theory such as the nature and meaning of embodiment, heteronormative and ableist forms of normativity, and the overlap between sexism and ableism. We will explore not only how Disability Studies become feminist, but also how Feminism becomes disabling.


  • (2018). „Thelma – Epilepsie im Kino?“ einfälle: Die Zeitschrift der Deutschen Epilepsievereinigung e.V. 36.147
  • (2017). “Undoing Ableism: Disability as a Category of Historical and Legal Analysis.” Special issue of On_Culture on “Law Undone: De-humanizing, Queering, and Dis-abling the Law. Further Arguments for Law’s Pluralities.” Ed. Greta Olson and Sonja Schillings. Vol. 3, Summer 2017.
  • (2013). Rezension: “«Mein liebes Ilsekind» Mit dem Kindertransport nach Schweden — Briefe an eine gerettete Tochter.“ WLA: Wissenschaftlicher Literaturanzeiger. <;


  • (2018). “The Sexual Politics of Disability in Eugenic Forced Sterilization Laws.” Presentation at the workshop “Histories of Disability: Local, Global, and Colonial Stories,” The University of Sheffield, UK, 7-8 June 2018.
  • (2017). “‘Language without Speech’: The Politics and Poetics of American Sign Language Poetry and Translation Theory.” Presentation at the international conference “Found in Translation: Translation as Cultural Dissemination from the Middle Ages to the New Millenium,” University of Bergamo, Italy, 28-30 September 2017.