Kelly Fritsch is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute and Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto. In both her research and teaching, Fritsch is committed to creating and expanding frameworks and practices of social justice.
Fritsch’s areas of specialization include interdisciplinary, intersectional, and community-engaged approaches to social justice, social movements, and the politics of inequality, primarily engaging with the sociology of health, illness, and medicine, critical disability studies, political economy, and feminist science and technology studies.
Her postdoctoral research develops crip and feminist technoscience to examine body enhancement and capacitation technologies such as prosthetics, exoskeletons, and personal assistive and adaptive devices. Fritsch explores how these technologies are differentially produced, distributed, consumed, and utilized. This project builds on her doctoral research completed in the Social and Political Thought Program at York University which focused on how neoliberal economic and social relations come to change the way disability circulates both discursively and materially through biocapitalism.
Fritsch is co-editor of Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016, AK Press), is Associate Editor of Research for Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, and is currently guest editing special issues of Somatechnics (on “Sexuality in Canada”), Feminist Formations (on “Queer/Crip Contagions”), and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (on “Crip Technoscience”). Her work also appears in: Foucault Studies; Feminist Review; Disability Studies Quarterly; Feral Feminisms; The Journal of Cultural and Literary Disability Studies; Disability & Society; Somatechnics; Canadian Journal of Disability Studies; Health, Culture and Society; Critical Disability Discourse; Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action, as well as in a number of edited collections.