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Friday, June 27, 2014

[UK] Centre for Culture & Disability Studies: Seminar Reminder

Crip Displacements: Voices of Disability, Neoliberalism, and Resistance

Prof. Robert McRuer

Date: Tuesday 15 July, 2014
Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm
Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Theorists of neoliberalism, from David Harvey to Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou, have placed dispossession and displacement at the center of their analyses of the workings of contemporary global capitalism.  Disability, however, has not figured centrally into these analyses. Professor Robert McRuer’s seminar attends to crip echoes generated by dispossession, displacement, and a global austerity politics.  Centering on British-Mexican relations during a moment of austerity in the UK and gentrification in Mexico, “Crip Displacements” identifies both the voices of disability that are recognized by and made useful for neoliberalism as well as those shut down or displaced by this dominant economic and cultural system.  Professor McRuer particularly focuses on two events from 2013: a British embassy good will event touting access in Mexico City and an installation of photographs by Livia Radawanski, from the same period.  Radwanski’s photos of the redevelopment of a Mexico City neighborhood (and the displacement of poor people living in the neighborhood) are examined in order to attend to the ways in which disability might productively haunt theories of neoliberal dispossession. 

Robert McRuer is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at George Washington University.  He is the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (2006) and editor, with Anna Mollow, of Sex and Disability (2012). He is also a JLCDS editorial board member, contributor, book reviewer, and guest editor.

This seminar is part of the CCDS series, The Voice of Disability. Other dates include:

8 Oct 2014, Manifest Pleasures: Litany, Utopia, and Literary Autism, Julia Miele Rodas.

12 Nov 2014, Discourses, Decisions, Designs: An international comparative analysis of “special” educational policy making, Jessica Chong.

17 Dec 2014, It’s Not Gibberish: ‘Disabled’ Voices in Literature for Young People, ChloĆ« Hughes.

14 Jan 2015, It Must Be Simple: The Supreme Fiction at the Core of the Backlash to Access Debate, David Feeney.

11 Feb 2015, Authorship and the voice of disability in dance, Mathilde Pavis and Kate Marsh.

11 Mar 2015, Which Theory of Democracy for an Inclusive Society? A Pragmaticist Approach, David Doat.

13 May 2015, The Voice of the Disability Activist Movement in the US around the ADA:  A Hidden Minority or a Hidden Army, Lennard J. Davis.

17 Jun 2015, ‘Working together for positive outcomes’: The Appropriation of Voice and Participation in SEN policy, Claire Penketh.

For further information please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Associate Professor, Education, Culture, and Disability Studies

Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Editor in Chief, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Joint Editor, Literary Disability Studies

Telephone: 0151 291 3346
Office: HCA 001
Postal address: Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, L16 9JD.

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