Disability Anthropology Working Group

The Disability Anthropology Working Group brings together graduate students, faculty and other interested scholars whose research relates to the theme of disability in order to build a scholarly community and engage a wider academic public in disability theory and practice. Partnering with the Ethnography Lab, the working group facilitates the creation of a space to critically engage with ethnographic methods and ask how disability challenges many core tenets of anthropological inquiry.

Please contact hannah.quinn@mail.utoronto.ca or vanessa.maloney@mail.utoronto.ca for enquiries or to be added to our working group mailing list.

Our monthly reading group is open to all. Each month we chose an ethnography related to disability to discuss over coffee and snacks. Please feel free to join, even if your work is only peripherally related or if you are not able to read the whole book. The books scheduled this semester are:

Monday February 4th, 2-4pm : Jasbir K. Puar’s “The right to maim: Debility, capacity, disability” (2017)

Monday, February 25th, 2-4pm : Annemarie Mol’s “The body multiple: Ontology in medical practice” (2002)

Monday, March 25th, 2-4pm : Cheryl Mattingly’s “Moral laboratories: Family peril and the struggle for a good life” (2014)

Monday, April 22nd, 2-4pm : Erin Manning’s “The Minor Gesture” (2016)

Location: Room 330, The Ethnography Lab, University of Toronto Anthropology Building, 19 Russell Street, Toronto, ON

Accessibility Information:

We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all working group members and welcome requests for accommodation on an ongoing basis. Each of the proposed books are available as hard copies and e-books through the University of Toronto Library. The Ethnography Lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Anthropology building, at 19 Russell Street, which is accessible via ramp, automatic doors and elevator. Beside the lab there are two all gender bathrooms and one that is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility requests and accomodations please contact hannah.quinn@mail.utoronto.ca or vanessa.maloney@mail.utoronto.ca .