The Crip, The Fat and The Ugly in an Age of Austerity: Resistance, Reclamation and Affirmation
Guest Forum Editors: Dr. Jen Slater, Sheffield Hallam University &
Dr. Kirsty Liddiard, School of Education,
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
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"Welcome to this special forum, The Crip, The Fat and The Ugly in an Age of Austerity: Resistance, Reclamation and Affirmation. Our original desire in putting out this call was to critically explore the processes and politics of austerity upon diverse and marginalized embodiments in neoliberal and advanced capitalist times. Global austerity has a far reach, often into, around, behind, beyond and alongside the body. Global austerity routinely categorizes body-minds[i] in terms of productivity, value, cost, ability and aesthetics. Body-minds are positioned vis-a-vis global austerity as a site for social order, economic possibility, progression, and big business..."

My Infectious Encounters as an Autistic Epidemic
Jessica L. Benham, MA, University of Pittsburgh
United States, Pennsylvania
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"In contrast to understanding of Autism as an ugly1 disease requiring a cure, I position myself as autistic epidemic - a repulsively yet beautifully contagious activism and blend my story through a crip'd, queer'd temporality2. Intentionally opaque, I resist a naive economism that disabled bodies must perform normatively, legible labor to be valued. In this age of austerity, autistic peer supports can only partially compensate for the lack of available, affordable services."

Reclaiming the Margins in The Face of The Quantified Self
Gabi Schaffzin, PhD ABD, University of California,
San Diego-Department of Visual Arts
United States, California
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"Through the lens of my own experiences with a chronic and painful condition, I consider the ways that quantified self devices and services normalize and classify, creating a new kind of relationship to our medicalized conditions. My project seeks to co-opt these technologies in the service of revealing proprietary and arbitrary translations relied on to make decisions using QS devices."

Working to Feel Better or Feeling Better to Work? Discourses of Wellbeing in Austerity Reality TV
Rowan Voirrey Sandle, Katy Day, PhD, & Tom Muskett, PhD,
Leeds Beckett University, School of Social Science, Psychology
United Kingdom
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"By focusing on discourses within the 'cultural economy' of reality TV, the following considers the wider positioning of waged labor as essential for mental health during a period of austerity.  The findings suggest that discourses of mental health and wellbeing construct figures of a 'good' welfare-recipient as one who achieves wellbeing through distancing themselves from the welfare state and progress toward waged work. Framed within the landscape of 'psycho-politics', wellbeing and unemployment are arguably entangled to legitimize current welfare policy, placing responsibility on individuals for economic and health security and dissolving concerns over austerity's systemic impact."

NoBody's Perfect: Charm, Willfulness and Resistance
Maria Tsakiri, PhD
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"The purpose of this paper is to discuss the representations of disabled bodies on the basis of Niko von Glasow's documentary film NoBody's Perfect. Drawing on disability aesthetics (Siebers, 2006) and the notion of crip killjoys (Johnson & McRuer, 2014), it is argued that representations of crip killjoys and their unruly corporeality offer an aesthetic and political context in which the politics of disgust and resentment can be challenged (Hughes, 2015; Soldatic & Meekosha, 2012)."


RDS Commitment to Honoring Diversity
Megan Conway, PhD, Center on Disability Studies,
College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa United States, Hawaii
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"Reaffirming RDS's commitment to representing and respecting through the promotion of Disability Studies, the richly diverse community of individuals with disabilities and their allies."

Creative Works

A Conversation about film, activism and social media with Disability Activist/Filmmaker Dominick M. Evans
Raphael Raphael, PhD, Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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"An informal interview with Disability Activist/Filmmaker Dominick Evans.  Topics include film and media representation of people with disability and the use of social media in activism."

Notes from the Field

Online Professional Development: 'Talking with Pictures': Photovoice - June 2-10, 2018
Genesis Leong, Center on Disability Studies,
College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States, Hawaii
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Call for Presentations: Disability Studies 2019 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity
Genesis Leong, Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States, Hawaii
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"It's time to share your most innovative ideas, professional practices, and theoretical knowledge of Disability Studies at the 2019 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity in Honolulu, Hawaii. We are seeking presenters who offer interdisciplinary insight in the following five topic areas: Disability Studies and Early Education; Disability Studies and Education, K-12; Disability Studies and Postsecondary Education; Disability Studies and Employment; and Disability Studies and Accessibility and Visitability."

DisabilityStudies 2018 Fall Online Courses
Genesis Leong, Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States, Hawaii
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"University of Hawaii at Manoa, Disability Studies Fall Online Courses are now available

DIS 380 Foundations Disability & Diversity Focuses on disability as a category of diversity and identity, as well as diversity within disability. Different strategies used to increase the freedom or liberty of people with disabilities are critically examined...Instructor Lauren Ho, [email protected], UHM - CRN 86416 or Outreach - CRN 1308.

DIS 382 Accessible Learning Technology - This course covers U.S. Federal Laws and guidelines, accessible technology, creating accessible instructional media, developing long-term resources, advancing accessible social interaction between students and students with instructors, and using case studies as examples of good practices. Instructor Tom Conway, [email protected]. UHM - CRN 85715 or Outreach - CRN 1310.

DIS 383 Disability History and Culture - This Writing Intensive Focus course encourages students to consider disability history and culture in the context of our wider society. Instructor Steven Brown, [email protected]. UHM - CRN 86415 or Outreach - CRN 1313

DIS 675C Supporting Multilingual Learners: Science - Evidence-based strategies that support language and literacy skills for English Learners in the content area of science. Students will study... Instructor Caryl Hitchcock, [email protected]. UHM - CRN 89372 or Outreach - CRN 1309.

DIS 681 Multicultural Issues and Disability - This course provides opportunities for students to develop theoretical and applied family-centered and culturally sensitive approaches to building effective partnerships and facilitating collaborative teams with professionals, persons with disabilities, and their families. Instructor Kiriko Takahashi, [email protected]. UHM - CRN 83692 or Outreach - CRN 1311.

DIS 683  Interdisciplinary Disability & Diversity Issues - Students will develop an understanding about issues individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, colleagues, and allies encounter in today's society. Instructor Megan Conway, [email protected]. UHM - CRN 83691 or Outreach - CRN 1312.

Dissertations and Abstracts

Dissertation & Abstracts v14i2
Jonathon Erlen, PhD & Megan Conway, PhD
United States, Pennsylvania & Hawaii
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