Moving Together: Disabled Faculty and the Academy


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We are pleased to announce a talk by Dr. Margaret Price, associate professor of English at The Ohio State University, on Monday, February 13, 2017 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST. Room 2106, Renison University College at University of Waterloo. Dr. Price’s talk is titled “Moving Together: Toward a Theory of Crip Spacetime.” Her book Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life was published by University of Michigan Press in 2011. Price also publishes scholarly articles, creative essays, fiction, and poetry in venues including College Composition and Communication, Profession, Disability Studies Quarterly, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and Ms. magazine.

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How do disabled faculty react to and also reshape the spaces and times of the academy?  Disability studies (DS) has reached a point that Price calls a “crisis of precarity.” This crisis of precarity is a state in which neoliberal logics of wealth, privilege, and power are replicated within DS, doing material violence to some members of the discipline, while the discipline itself continues to flourish. Price outlines the ways DS has reached this crisis of precarity, and in response, offers a different way of thinking about disability, a theory of crip spacetime. To illustrate this theory, she presents findings from an interview study with disabled faculty.  Her analysis of these findings illustrates ways that precarity manifests for disabled faculty, but also ways that, through collective accountability, we can push back against the neoliberal logics of the university. Through acts of micro-rebellion as well as efforts toward structural change, we can work toward greater justice, not only for disabled individuals, but also within the discipline of DS itself.

Seating is limited – please register early.
CART (Communication Access Realtime Transcription) services provided.

This event is sponsored in part by (in no particular order): Renison University College, the Equity Office; Human Resources; the Women’s Studies program; the UW Staff Association; the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies; and the Dean of Arts Office. Host: The Status of Women & Equity Committee

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