Alison Kafer, Southwestern University
Session Time: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:50am to 12:05pm
Location: Room 206
Feminist, Queer, Crip argues for a coalitional politics that thinks disability--and disabled bodies/minds--differently. Deconstructing the ways in which ideas of futurity and temporality have been deployed in the service of compulsory able-bodiedness and able-mindedness, Alison Kafer uncovers and challenges the representation of disability as the agreed-upon limit of our projected futures. Feminist, Queer, Crip brings together theories, movements, and identities that are typically discussed separately--environmental justice activists, movements for reproductive justice, cyborg theory, transgender politics, and disabled people--and imagines new possibilities for crip futurities and feminist, queer, crip alliances. What Feminist, Queer, Crip offers is a politics of crip futurity, an insistence on thinking these imagined futures--and hence, these lived presents--differently.
Alison Kafer is associate professor and chair of feminist studies at Southwestern University, where she teaches courses in feminist and queer theory, environmental studies, and disability studies. Her work on gender, sexuality, and disability has appeared in Sex and Disability, Feminist Disability Studies, and Gendering Disability, and she co-edited Deaf and Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives with Susan Burch. She previously served on the advisory boards of the Society for Disability Studies and of Generations Ahead, a social justice advocacy organization that addressed the race, gender, class, sexuality, and disability dimensions of human genetic technologies.
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