Crip Maintenance /

Maintaining Crip

Thursday April 9, 2020 10 am – 5:30 pm

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10-11:30 am Alison Kafer Public Lecture: “Caring for Crip, Maintaining Relations”

Ritchcraft Hall Room 2200. ASL interpretation available. Snacks and refreshments provided.

What if we think through “crip maintenance” as a temporal orientation? Is maintenance what comes after crip? I am thinking here of after in the sense of chronology (what happens next in time after crip); causality (what does crip cause); and desire (in the sense of being “after something,” so being in pursuit of crip). What kinds of coalitions, practices, formations, technologies, kinships, and temporalities are available after crip? Questioning what comes after as well as what we might be after brings together a wide range of theories on futurity and desire. It also suggests response: what is required of, and for, crip maintenance? 

Alison Kafer is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and English at the University of Texas-Austin, where she also teaches courses in LGBTQ Studies. Her work focuses on how to think disability in and through feminist and queer theory and movements for environmental, racial, and reproductive justice. She is the author of Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana UP, 2013), which theorizes crip futurities. Her other work in disability studies appears in numerous anthologies and journals including Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Sex and Disability.

12 – 2:30 pm Workshop with Kelly Fritsch & Anne McGuire: “A Broken Politics for a Disabled World”

Loeb A720. Registration required, limited spots. Catered lunch provided.

Dominant notions of cure and repair almost always seem to imply a return to some original state of normal, where “normal” (or non-disability) is always read as the best and the only way to be. As Eli Clare tells it, “the ideology of cure would have us believe that whole and broken are opposites and that the latter has no value” (2017, 159). Clare’s productive collapse of whole and broken frames the work of repair not as a simple return to what once was. Instead, repair is that which fosters “dynamic interdependencies,” a movement towards something altogether different and new (2017, 15).  This positioning of repair as transformative – as opposed to restorative – requires us to attend not only to the object or person marked as broken but to the environs and relationships surrounding them. In this workshop, we explore and engage with the generative possibilities of crip knowledge/practices of care, repair, retrofitting, and maintenance to consider how these might better enable us to grapple with the broken social conditions under which we unevenly live, and move towards more accessible futures in which disabled people thrive. 

Kelly Fritsch is an Assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Fritsch has published widely in the areas of feminist, crip, queer, and critical disability theory and has recently co-edited special journal issues of SomatechnicsFeminist Formations, and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

Anne McGuire is an Assistant professor in Equity Studies at the University of Toronto. Engaging the intersections of disability studies and crip theory, her work reads 21st-century spectrum approaches to health and illness against a backdrop of neoliberal social and economic policies. She is author of War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence, recipient of the 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities. With Kelly Fritsch, she co-edited a recent special issue of Feminist Formations on ‘The Biosocial Politics of Queer/Crip Contagions’.

3-3:30 pm Tour of Shannon Finnegan Exhibit: “Lone Proponent of Wall-to-Wall Carpet”

Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), St. Patrick’s Building

Through drawing, installation, alt-text, performative events and workshops, Shannon Finnegan makes work about disability culture and access, specifically for disabled audiences. As she describes, her work and reflects the humour, vibrance and nuance of such communities. Finnegan’s practice also calls attention to ableism, seeking to destabilize it through humour and subtle interventions. The Brooklyn-based artist’s exhibition Lone Proponent of Wall-To-Wall Carpet features drawings from portrait series, a portable mural series and customized benches along with other elements that seek to make the gallery a more welcoming and comfortable space for experiences with art.

4-5:30 pm Mel Chen Public Lecture: “Suck this! Depleted”  

CUAG, St. Patrick’s Building. ASL interpretation available. Snacks and refreshments provided.

This talk aims against the requirement for the bristling affect that comes of the judgment against (racialized) attenuations and modulations of some kinds of disability and chronic illness. It ultimately argues against “suck this!” as a necessary affect of queer-crip presence. 

Mel Y. Chen is an Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at U.C. Berkeley. Their research and teaching interests include queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory, Asian American studies, disability studies, science studies, and critical linguistics, put into conversation in their award-winning book Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (2012). At Duke UP, Chen coedits a book series, Anima, highlighting scholarship in critical race and disability post/in/humanisms. Chen is part of a Bay Area-based queer and trans of color arts group; their short film Local Grown Corn (2007) appeared in both Asian and queer film festivals and explores interweavings of immigration, childhood, illness and friendship.

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Launch Party: Crip Technoscience

April 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor Commons

Celebrate a new special issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience with editors Kelly Fritsch, Aimi Hamraie, Mara Mills, and David Serlin and authors Kevin Gotkin and Alice Sheppard. Co-sponsor: NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication

Crip Technoscience for Disabled Cyborgs: Access,
Community, Politics

Thursday, March 21, 2019
11 am – 1 pm
Sensorium Loft
York University

Crip Commitments: Disability, Theory, Politics

Thursday, March 21, 2019

6 PM – 8 PM

OISE Library 252 Bloor St. West (above St. George Subway)

All Welcome – Free
Wheelchair accessible
ASL + Access copies available