Lecture: “Disability Culture Pedagogies: When Having Fun Together is Radical Practice” | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Lecture: “Disability Culture Pedagogies: When Having Fun Together is Radical Practice”

October 4, 2016 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Petra Kuppers, Professor of English, University of Michigan

Cosponsored event.Sponsored by the Center for Bioethics & Health Law and the Humanities Center.

Abstract:  This talk opens by discussing the use of disability stories in a wider social milieu that stigmatizes disability and limits the play with difference. How can teachers help students see the generative and complex potential of disability’s signification, in a world that still stigmatizes and limits disability expression? There is a disjuncture between disability culture’s rise and richness on the one hand, and mainstream ideas about difference on the other. As teachers, we need to find ways forward. The talk will argue for radical play in disability representation, through a discussion of the use of genre fiction in classrooms, and the use of embodied pedagogy exercises. With a range of examples, the talk will move toward new ways of incorporating disability’s difference into creative writing, teaching practice, and social justice work.

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