Join Alyson Patsavas, co-producer of "Code of the Freaks: A Documentary About Disability in Film" in this graduate workshop focussing on analyzing experiences, both corporeal and cultural, of pain and disability.
This workshop will explore what it means to do an interdisciplinary disability studies dissertation or other extended writing project. Patsavas will discuss her article, "Recovering a Cripstemology of Pain" as an informal case study of the way a shorter writing project might be extpanded to become a book-length manuscript. She will also lead a discussion about what it means to "d" DS work as an interdisciplinary scholar; topics may include Disability Studies methodology, the process of dissertation writing, and positioning one's work in relation to both DS and other fields. In preparation, attendees are asked to read the article "Recovering a Cripistemology of Pain: Leaky Bodies, Connective Tissue, and Feeling Discourse," available from the library in screen-readable PDF format, and to bring a rough list of their own questions or goals regarding scholarly/creative work in DS.
Information about Presenter
Dr. Alyson Patsavas is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she also serves as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her scholarship sits at the intersection of queer theory, cultural studies, and disability studies, and focuses on the cultural politics of pain. Her dissertation, The Logic of Accounting: Pain, Promises and Prescription, traces the logic binding seemingly disparate cultural discourses of pain and outlines crip queer interventions into this logic. She has articles in Different Bodies: Essays on Disability in Film and Television, The Feminist Wire, Disability Studies Quarterly, Crip Magazine, Somatechnics and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Patsavas is also a writer and producer on the forthcoming documentary film Code of the Freaks that examines crip culture’s response to Hollywood representations of disability.
This venue is wheels-accessible and can be lit by natural or fluorescent light. Attendees are asked not to wear fragranced products. For other access needs or questions, please contact Margaret Price at email@example.com. This event is free and open to the public; please note that registration is required (see above).
Disability Studies Program; Disability Studies Graduate Student Association