Towards a Crip Methodology for Critical Disability Studies

Schmidts-pain-scalePlease join the Transdisciplinary Disability Studies Reading Group for an event on Friday, May 12th at noon. We will review and comment on a new, unpublished paper by Louise Hickman and David Serlin, Towards a Crip Methodology for Critical Disability Studies, with Yelena Gluzman as conversant.

If you plan to attend, please email Cassandra Hartblay or Louise Hickman for a copy of the draft to review. You may also direct accessibility requests to Cassandra Hartblay.

Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Price Center West – Thurgood Marshall College Room. This room is down a hallway not far from the indoor entrance to The Loft (come in by the bookstore or on the ground floor and take the elevator up one floor and get off near the Cross Cultural Center).


Call for Contributions to Crip Magazine No02

Please find this call for contributions from Eva Egermann, who is currently based at UC Berkeley for a research project.
Crip Magazine began in 2012 as a self-published art-zine and collection of materials on crip issues, art, culture and representation contradicting categories of normal/abnormal. The first number featured various articles and interviews as on radical crip movements, an anarchist outcast night as well as subcultural, left and queer contexts of disability, experimental texts like an extra-terrestrial song text, eccentric pieces of writing, cosmic creatures or uncanny imaginaries on feeling bad.
The idea that “writing” is a “technology of cyborgs,” was taken up in the magazine. As Donna Haraway puts it in the “Cyborg Manifesto,” cyborgs struggle with perfect communication, the one “code” that translates and transmits all meaning perfectly. This is why cyborgs insist on noise and demand pollution. Noise Publishing.
The upcoming issue will be a collection of all possible kinds of crip materials (e.g. images and artworks, essays, interviews, short stories, etc. etc.) We encourage contributions that focus on crip pop culture, art, radical social movements or deal with pain/suffering and works that open up a transformative perspective on body issues and bodily relations.
The magazine will be bilingual (English/German) and visual or artistic contributions are especially welcome. For accessibility, visual contributions should include audio descriptions. Works can be sent in a format (A4 or US letter format) or as raw texts or image files. Please send your proposal until 30 November (final contributions are due by 30 December).
Note on accessibility: Crip Magazine progresses in process. We offer audio descriptions as well as various formats that can be read by e.g. Speech software. The magazine will be available online and can be downloaded free of charge.

Submission Opportunity: Indexing Performance Works

I have been kindly invited by the Emergency INDEX team, a group of collaborators working to index performances on an annual basis, to expand the presence of disability and related themes into the Index’s repertoire of documented performances. As a contributing editor for this upcoming edition, I am working towards increasing the visibility of artworks produced both by disabled artists and works that are generated around themes of disability within this particular anthology.

I own both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Emergency Index anthologies – it is an impressive compendium of works. I greatly encourage all members to submit works for their upcoming edition. Please share this opportunity widely to ensure that the Index represents a diverse range of work. Please feel free to contact me for further information for this exciting opportunity.

Please note that the deadline for submissions of performance work closes on January 15th, 2014. Share widely and apply today! Further information is stated below:

Emergency Index is an annual 500+ page volume documenting hundreds of performance works from all over the world and from genres as diverse as dance, game studies, visual art, music, poetry, activism, advertising, medical and scientific research, philosophy, theater, translation, therapy, data visualization, disability studies, community art and many more.  Every year, Emergency INDEX invites authors (artists, researchers, advertisers, activists, etc.) to document performances they made in the previous year, and asks them to document the work in their own words. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, their genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX is the only print publication of its kind, revealing a breathtaking variety of practices used in performance as it actually exists today. Submissions are now open for the third volume, documenting works made in 2013. Look at the website for examples from previous volumes and for information on how to submit: The deadline is January 15th, 2014. We especially welcome submissions from genres outside performance art and theater/dance.

Contact me for information regarding access to the Emergency INDEX website.

The opportunity of adversity (?)

The opportunity of adversity

In Mullins 2009 TED talk, she said: ‘The conversation with society has changed profoundly in the last decade. It is no longer a conversation about overcoming deficiency. It’s a conversation about augmentation; it’s a conversation about potential. A prosthetic limb does not represent the need to replace the loss anymore. It can stand as a symbol that the wearer has the power to recreate whatever it is and they want to create in that space, so that people society once considered to be disabled can now become architects of their own identities.’

The one simple question I ask, who has access to this?