Event: Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
➡️➡️ Disability in Dialogue with Animality: The BIODIAL Project
From the website: Considering a person to be somehow less than human can help to legitimize indifference, if not also neglect, discrimination, or even death. People with disabilities and chronic or terminal illnesses have long been dehumanized in this way, despite the ongoing efforts of disability advocates and activists. Parallel structures of oppression can perhaps be found in the treatment of animals, in the sense that not being human becomes the justification for violence and death for certain species.
But advocates for people with disabilities and advocates for animals sometimes seem to be at odds with each other, particularly if animality is seen as something to avoid (for people with disabilities) or if animal advocates remain insufficiently aware of how offensive it can be simply to equate animals with people with disabilities. At the same time, linked discourses continue to make it possible for both human and nonhuman lives to be subject to problematic kinds of treatment, if not also violence with impunity.
The research project BIODIAL: The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality has explored these issues, particularly in relation to the ways that literary and cultural texts negotiate the intersections of disability, illness, and animality.
This event invites the public into a discussion about what has been learned and how to move forward from The BIODIAL Project.
From the Facebook event: What do disability studies and animality studies have in common?
Join us for a series of dialogues focused on the BIODIAL project, (The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality: Cultural Representations and Societal Significance). Team members will present research findings from the project, and consider implications for broader discussions and debates in the Norwegian public sphere and beyond!
- Michael Lundblad – Primary Investigator, Professor of English-Language Literature, UiO
- Jan Grue – Co-investigator, Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Geography, UiO
- Tom Bradstreet – PhD Fellow (BIODIAL); currently Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of South-Eastern Norway
- Mexitli Lopez Rios – PhD Fellow, Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages, UiO
Commentaries and dialogues will be led by:
- Tone Druglitrø – Associate Professor, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, UiO
- Chiara Montalti – Erasmus PhD Fellow, University of Florence
More about the BIODIAL Project and the program:
The event will take place at Scene HumSam in Georg Sverdrups hus at Blindern campus, and will also be streamed for those who cannot attend.
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