Seminar: ‘Crip Displacements: Voices of Disability, Neoliberalism, and Resistance’ (Liverpool Hope University)

Crip Displacements: Voices of Disability, Neoliberalism, and Resistance

Prof. Robert McRuer

Date: Tuesday 15th July 2014

Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm

Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Theorists of neoliberalism, from David Harvey to Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou, have placed dispossession and displacement at the center of their analyses of the workings of contemporary global capitalism.  Disability, however, has not figured centrally into these analyses.  This presentation attends to crip echoes generated by dispossession, displacement, and a global austerity politics.  Centering on British-Mexican relations during a moment of austerity in the UK and gentrification in Mexico, “Crip Displacements” identifies both the voices of disability that are recognized by and made useful for neoliberalism as well as those shut down or displaced by this dominant economic and cultural system.  Prof. McRuer particularly focuses on two events from 2013: a British embassy good will event touting access in Mexico City and an installation of photographs by Livia Radawanski, from the same period.  Radwanski’s photos of the redevelopment of a Mexico City neighborhood (and the displacement of poor people living in the neighborhood) are examined in order to attend to the ways in which disability might productively haunt theories of neoliberal dispossession.

Robert McRuer is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at George Washington University.  He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (NYU Press, 2006) and Sex and Disability (edited with Anna Mollow, Duke University Press, 2012). He is also a JLCDS editorial board member.

This seminar is part of the CCDS series, The Voice of Disability, which will continue in the new academic year.

For further information please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Senior Lecturer, Education and Disability Studies,

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