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2014 - 2015 Works in Progress Seminar Series, Session 3
With talks by Mary Jean Hande and Fady Shanouda
and respondent, Dr. Nirmala Erevelles
Friday, March 13, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
School of Disability Studies
Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre (SHE Building)
5th Floor, Room 560
99 Gerrard Street East
(southwest corner of Gerrard and Mutual)
This event is wheelchair accessible
"Revolutionizing Disability Care Relations in a Time of Austerity"
Mary Jean Hande l PhD Candidate l Adult Education & Community Development l OISE, University of Toronto
Since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the violent relations between disability and poverty have become unmistakable. Sweeping austerity measures enclose, undermine, and sometimes effectively eliminate disability benefits, income support, and care provision so that poverty intensifies into dire crisis for more and more disabled people. Coinciding with this austere restructuring, privatized healthcare and disability supports are becoming hugely profitable financial investment opportunities, which present numerous contradictions in the struggle for socially just disability care provision and care labour. In this context, disabled people and their communities are organizing to fight for disability care supports and develop alternative forms of care provision to meet their everyday needs. This work-in-progress uses a dialectical framework to investigate the everyday social relations of disability care and disability justice organizing within the context of global finance capital so as to demystify exploitative disability care relations and situate them as a site of class struggle. This discussion will explore the role of academic research in revealing these exploitive relations and how academic research can be organized dialectically to support community organizers' efforts to revolutionize these exploitive relations through community-based social investigation and action."Reframing
'Passing' as Resistance in Higher Education"
Fady Shanouda PhD Student l Dalla Lana School of Public Health l Social & Behavioural Health Sciences l University of Toronto
There is an abundance of academic literature on the concept of passing as it relates to marginalized and non-visible identities. The majority of this scholarship frames passing a form of assimilation and conformity to an established norm. But, can passing be a form of resistance? Drawing on personal narratives, my work in progress explores this question by critically engaging with literature on passing from disciplines ranging from trans studies to disability studies. In particular, I engage disability scholar Samuel's argument that the passing subject is "a defiant figure who, by crossing the borders of identities, reveals their instability" (2003, p. 243). This notion of passing as resistance is echoed in other disciplines, most prominently, trans scholarship. Approaching passing through the framework of trans scholarship, specifically the notion of "stealth", may further illuminate the possibility of passing as resistance. In this discussion, I hope to explore the implications of conceptualizing passing as resistance for disability studies scholarship and activism.
Please refrain from smoking; wearing colognes, perfumes, or scented oils; and using chemical based laundry detergents or fabric softeners before or during the Works in Progress session.
Centre for Media and Culture in Education presents:
"Tongue-Tied": Theorizing at the Intersections of Bilingual Education, Deaf Studies and Disability Studies
Dr. Nirmala Erevelles
A public lecture by Dr. Nirmala Erevelles
Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education l University of Alabama
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6 - 8 pm
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre (ENG Building)
Ground Level Auditorium, Room 103
246 Church Street
(corner of Church and Gould)
**The main door on Church is easier to use with a wheelchair than the side door on Gould.**
Free Admission l ASL Interpretation l Attendant Care l Wheelchair Accessible
In order to help make this a chemical and fragrance free event, we ask that attendees refrain from smoking; wearing colognes, perfumes, or scented oils; and using chemical based laundry detergents or fabric
softeners before or during the event. We also request that participants wear clothing that has had limited exposure to the items above.
Dr. Erevelles will argue that a critique of normative notions of disability in both bilingual education research and Deaf studies would enable a tentative alliance that holds transformative possibilities. [Read more about this event]
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Borderless Radio: The Politics of Canadian Cultures is a media project where OISE students produce radio programs dedicated to multiculturalism in Canada, as well as social, political and economic issues that are not discussed in the mass media. [more information]