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Disability in Fact and Fiction
Mon 9 January 2017, 12:00 – 15:00 GMT
All welcome to this informal seminar afternoon, hosted by the Critical and Community Psychology Research Group in the Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Rod Michalko, PhD
Fact and fiction: We apply these categories as though they were clearly opposite to one another – the one, real and the other, made up. Yet, this binary is itself fictive. This presentation demonstrates how accounts of human life, including individual life, are, as Thomas King says, stories since stories is all we are. Traveling blind, especially when you are so, is indeed a story, one with many chapters. I will tell this story and show how it weaves fiction and non-fiction together and how the binary disappears within the fictional fact of story telling.
Rod Michalko is a retired professor of disability studies from Toronto. He believes that there is nothing greater than retirement and he hopes that many of you are extremely envious of him. After many scholarly publications, Rod has turned to writing fiction. His first collection of short stories will be released in the spring of 2017, titled Things Are Different Here—the title of the collection’s feature story, set in Manchester
Reimagining the Dis/appearance of Disability in the Academy
Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, Professor, Social Justice Education, OISE of the University of Toronto
The management of disability in the academy often proceeds by establishing the fact of impairment. Disability is made to appear as if it is a naturalized fact of disadvantage and is used to mark the spot where critical work stops and regular Western knowledge regimes of science and/or bureaucratic management are invited to begin. Disability is imagined, then, as that place where identified people with problems are managed as misfortunate; yet, rarely do we learn what cultural fictions are organizing this perception. My paper will show how the ordinary perception of disability is organized by and for a race-based thinking. Paul Gilroy (Postcolonial Melancholia, 2005, 37, 38) tells us that the “proliferation” of “race thinking,” not only includes the “hatreds forged” by the tracing of the color line but, also, now includes boundary building accomplished through “genomics, biotechnologies and self-conscious biocolonialisms.” Through these new ways of “doing” race thinking, the brutal production of people classified as less-than-human occurs; as Gilroy puts it, those with an “unadorned inferiority,” the “lowest ontological rung,” the bare life of so called “real” difference. By attending to the movement of disability facts in academic bureaucratic processes and knowledge production, my presentation will interrogate the lines that sustain the status quo. I do so with the hope that by drawing out this narrative structure we may nurture change.
Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, Professor, OISE U of T, is author of Disability, Self, and Society, as well as Reading and Writing Disability Differently and, most recently, The Question of Access: Disability, Space, Meaning. Tanya works from the position that whatever else disability is, it is tied up with the human imagination -- interpretive relations – and needs to be studied as such. Using critical approaches that question the grounds of Western ways of knowing, such as Critical Indigenous Studies, phenomenology, Black and Queer Studies, Tanya hopes to reveal the restricted imaginaries that surround our lives in and with disability, especially in University settings. Tanya’s work is supported by a Canadian SSHRC grant, “Re-imaging the Appearance and Disappearance of Disability in the Academy.”
Date and Time
Manchester M15 6GX
BR G.44 (Lecture Theatre 4) Brooks Building Birley Fields Campus, Brooks Building Birley Fields Campus
Brooks Building Birley Fields Campus
Brooks Building Birley Fields Campus