Hart House Hancock Lecture 2019

Handwriting text: Moving Towards a Disability Justice Revolution

In Canada, people with disabilities are consistently told, explicitly and implicitly, that we do not have the right to exist freely. In this lecture, Sarah Jama will discuss the ways the “disabled body” and “disabled mind” is treated through consumerist understandings in order to uphold every existing oppressive structure in our society. Sarah will discuss the history of the disability justice movement in Canada and the USA, unpack themes around global capitalism, the historical links between colonialism and ableism, and discuss how to build a world that truly uplifts the rights of people with disabilities. Lastly, she’ll walk you through her journey as an organizer, and the steps she has taken towards building inclusive movements. The answer to a better world is a revolution that centres disability justice. ...  Continue reading

Upcoming: Crip Technoscience for Disabled Cyborgs: Access, Community, Politics

Thursday March 21st 2019, 11am -1pm
Sensorium Loft
4th Floor of Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
York University

Kelly Fritsch engages with the emerging field of crip technoscience, exploring what it means for disability politics, community, and access. Taking up Alison Kafer’s provocation that disabled people are cyborgs because of their politics rather than their impairments, Fritsch explores the ways in which disabled community forms out of frictional and ambivalent relations to technoscience, marking out the implications of these relations for social justice practices. For accessibility and to RSVP please contactpvl@yorku.ca ...  Continue reading

Kelly Fritsch: Crip Commitments: Disability, Theory, Politics

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Poster for Crip Commitments: Disability, Theory, Politics

The New College Disability Studies Speaker Series presents Crip Commitments: Disability, Theory, Politics

A Lecture by Prof. Kelly Fritsch (Carleton)

In collaboration with York University’s Peripheral Vision Speaker Series

Engaging the frictions of crip and disability theory, Kelly Fritsch non-innocently considers the possibilities of radical social change that emerge through knowing and making disability differently. ...  Continue reading

Bridging forward: Accessible Arts Festival

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Inclusive Arts London is a regional collective dedicated to developing opportunities for artists and individuals who identify as deaf, disabled and/or mad.

From June to July,  Inclusive Arts London’s Bridging Forward: Accessibility Arts Festival is bringing exciting works from local, provincial, and national artists to London Ontario. See upcoming program below! ...  Continue reading

Hear, Feel, See, What!

Artist Jenelle Rouse posing in dance

Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts in Hamilton and VibraFusionLab in London, Ontario present Hear, Feel, See What!, a collaborative speculative soundscape and interactive installation. Five artists from Hamilton, London, and Toronto, including hearing, hard of hearing and Deaf artists, and an archivist co-authored a piece that captures and documents both the audio and vibrations of historical, existing, and future sounds of Hamilton and London. In a society that is in a constant state of rapid change, this piece aims to collect and preserve city sounds before they are lost to history. ...  Continue reading

Off the Cuff: Mnidoo Infinity Squeezed through Finite Modulations

Bodies in Translation is pleased to be co-presenting Off the Cuff: Mnidoo Infinity Squeezed through Finite Modulations, a special presentation by Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (McGill University).

In this talk, Dr. Manning will discuss her dissertation on mnidoo-worlding or mnidoo-consciousnessing and its temporal bending interrelational ethics, specifically its implications for disability studies. ...  Continue reading

Flourishing Call for Submissions

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Tangled Art + Disability is currently accepting applications from Canadian Mad, Deaf, & disability identified artists from across Canada to take part in an upcoming series titled Flourishing.

Information from Tangled:
Tangled is searching for seven (7) artists from across Canada to contribute artistic work centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disability-identified folk in exploring what it means to “flourish”. With this exhibition series Tangled seeks to discover and expand new understandings of flourishing and to affirm how we may live and thrive even when society may expect differently. Flourishing can and does happen in unexpected ways, despite widely held ableist beliefs that disability, frailty and suffering make it no longer possible. ...  Continue reading

ODSP Celebration and Brochure Launch

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Good news!! Arts grants are now exempt as income and assets for people on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW). With the exception of funds for living costs, grant money will no longer be deducted from monthly benefits. This removes barriers for many artists in Ontario who want to create art and develop their careers with the support of grants. ...  Continue reading

Phantom Stills & Vibrations

Artist Lara Kramer standing by tree in front of former Pelican Lake Indian Residential School

Lara Kramer’s new work Phantom, stills & vibrations creates an intimacy with the north (Lac Seul, ON) and confronts the brutal and complex relationships between Indigenous peoples and Settler society. For this performance and sound installation, Kramer draws the spectator into an immersive experience of the former Pelican Lake Indian Residential School, where three generations of her family attended. Produced in collaboration with Stefan Petersen, Phantom stills & vibrations explores the residual effects of the Residential school system and the continuing trauma that permeates the landscape. ...  Continue reading