Imagining Disability Futurities

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 32:2 (2017) pp. 213-229

17 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2018

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Carla Rice

University of Guelph

Eliza Chandler

Ryerson University

Jen Rinaldi

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Nadine Changfoot

Trent University

Kirsty Liddiard

University of Sheffield

Roxanne Mykitiuk

Osgoode Hall Law School

Ingrid Mundel

University of Guelph

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

This article explores twelve short narrative films created by women and trans people living with disabilities and embodied differences. Produced through Project Re•Vision, these micro documentaries uncover the cultures and temporalities of bodies of difference by foregrounding themes of multiple histories: body, disability, maternal, medical, and/or scientific histories; and divergent futurities: contradictory, surprising, unpredictable, opaque, and/or generative futures. We engage with Alison Kafer's call to theorize disability futurity by wrestling with the ways in which “the future” is normatively deployed in the service of able‐bodiedness and able‐mindedness (Kafer 2013), a deployment used to render bodies of difference as sites of “no future” (Edelman 2004). By re‐storying embodied difference, the storytellers illuminate ongoing processes of remaking their bodily selves in ways that respond to the past and provide possibilities for different futures; these orientations may be configured as “dis‐topias” based not on progress, but on new pathways for living, uncovered not through evoking the familiar imaginaries of curing, eliminating, or overcoming disability, but through incorporating experiences of embodied difference into time. These temporalities gesture toward new kinds of futures, giving us glimpses of ways of cripping time, of cripping ways of being/becoming in time, and of radically re‐presencing disability in futurity.

Keywords: People with disabilities, Sociology of disability

Suggested Citation

Rice, Carla and Chandler, Eliza and Rinaldi, Jen and Changfoot, Nadine and Liddiard, Kirsty and Mykitiuk, Roxanne and Mundel, Ingrid, Imagining Disability Futurities (2017). Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 32:2 (2017) pp. 213-229, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3284779

Carla Rice

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

Eliza Chandler

Ryerson University ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

Jen Rinaldi

University of Ontario Institute of Technology ( email )

Canada

Nadine Changfoot

Trent University ( email )

1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8
Canada

Kirsty Liddiard

University of Sheffield ( email )

17 Mappin Street
Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DT
United Kingdom

Roxanne Mykitiuk (Contact Author)

Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Ingrid Mundel

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

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