Encounters in Disability Studies
DisAppearing offers a relational orientation to disability studies. From encounters with disability and disabled people in educational settings from elementary school to university, in novels and other texts, in hospitals and policing, in dance, on the street, and in community centres, as well as in considerations of injury and healing, and life and death, the chapters in this collection explore a variety of cultural scenes of disability. By doing so, this collection reveals what disability can mean through scenes of its dis/ appearance and demonstrates how to remake these meanings in more life-affirming ways.
Encouraging critical engagement with how disability is noticed and lived, the many chapters, as well as poetry, narrative, and a podcast transcript, reveal the meaning of disability appearing and disappearing in everyday life and beyond. Bringing together the work of scholars, artists, and activists, many of whom identify as disabled, DisAppearing encourages students to approach disability differently and to reimagine its appearance in the world.
Engaging, political, artistic, and philosophical, this text, with an emphasis on the Canadian context, is an invaluable resource for disability studies students and instructors.
- informative and thought-provoking, this collection invites students into doing disability studies and encourages a continual reorientation to the meaning of disability and disability studies
- offers both a standard and thematically organized table of contents to provide a unique way to engage with the contents and assist both students and instructors in finding sections and themes pertinent to research and syllabi
“This wonderfully exciting new text brings together a refreshing mix of essays, poetry, provocations and stories to explore the ways in which disability is concealed and revealed. Working with the frictional concept of ‘DisAppearing’, the contributors provide a number of entry points into disability studies—and studies of disability—demanding readers to ponder how and why disability matters in our everyday lives.”
—Dan Goodley, Professor, iHuman, University of Sheffield, England
“Organized around compelling themes, personal stories, and engaging with the multiple systems of marginalization working in concert with ableism, DisAppearing is a different sort of introduction to disability studies. Through guided reading questions, real talk about terminology, and a reshuffling of our world understanding through a disability lens, DisAppearing truly creates a dynamic analytical frame.”
—Laura Mauldin, PhD, Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Human Development & Family Sciences, University of Connecticut