Criticality and Disability

Hall of Flags in Houston Hall April 9, 2015 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

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Lennard Davis
Sara Hendren

Sara Hendren, “Function and Friction”

Design for disability most commonly connotes prostheses, assistive technologies, and biomedical devices. But a critical design practice and discourse can take up broad cultural myths of social normativity, autonomy, and interdependence in far more trenchant ways. Pointing to both speculative and functional design work, to “design-for-one” and mass customization, Sara Hendren will explore how critical disability studies can shape the future of design practices.

Lennard Davis, “The Biopolitics of Disability and Diversity”

Is there a biopolitical explanation for the fact that the concept of diversity rarely includes disability as a major identity? I’ll discuss the state of exception that undergirds contemporary ideas of identity in relation to Agamben and Esposito’s ideas.