Kelly Fritsch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her research broadly engages crip, queer, and feminist theory to explore the politics of disability, health, technology, risk, accessibility, and justice.
Fritsch’s current research projects include developing the emerging field of crip technoscience by taking up the politics of community accessibility and the production and circulation of enhancement and capacitation technologies such as robotic exoskeletons, prosthetics, and personal assistive and adaptive devices; a critical examination of how neoliberal economic policies and practices, as well as economies of war, imperialism, and colonialism impact disabled communities and disability politics; collaborative projects engaging with the practices of personalized medicine and their relation to neoliberalized forms of risk and social control; and collaborative projects engaging the governance of disability and disability criminalization in the Canadian context.
Fritsch is co-editor of Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016, AK Press with Clare O’Connor and AK Thompson) and has guest edited special issues of Feminist Formations (on “Queer/Crip Contagions” with Anne McGuire), Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (on “Crip Technoscience” with Aimi Hamraie, Mara Mills, and David Serlin) and Somatechnics (on “The Somatechnics of Sexuality in Canada” with reese simpkins). She has over a dozen articles and chapters published in journals and edited collections and is currently working on a book under contract with UBC Press Disability Culture and Politics Series. Fritsch was a 2015-2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute and Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto. She completed her Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought at York University in 2015.