ENGLISH 216 - Introduction to Disability Studies
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Disability Justice and Self-Representation
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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What is disability justice? How is disability justice inextricable from racial justice, class justice, gender justice, and justice for LGBTQ+ people? How do we imagine and enact disability justice in the world, which necessarily encompasses online “spaces” and digital tools and platforms? These are some of the questions that will guide us throughout the semester.

In the 20th century “nothing about us without us” became a rallying cry for disabled people and disability activists. Today digital platforms and modes of creation and expression give us expansive opportunities to represent our own experiences, embodiment, and perspectives. In this course we’ll take up self-representational works—blogs, selfies, games, webcomics, and performances, among other things—that engage with disability and disability justice. In our time together we’ll read scholarship, explore in/accessible technology, and analyze social media and online community-building in order to better understand how self-representation and digital affordances are central to disability justice.

This course will offer a foundational understanding of contemporary disability cultures, with supported flexibility throughout the semester to explore specific aspects of disability studies and digital studies that particularly interest you. (Autistic Twitter! Disability justice’s overlap with fat politics! Affordances of screen readers! DID systems and theories of autobiography! Deaf TikTok!)


ENGLISH 216 - Introduction to Disability Studies
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