Members

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Dr. Cassandra Hartblay
Dr. Cassandra Hartblay is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, with appointments at the UTSC Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hartblay’s research calls for a robust disability anthropology that takes seriously the challenges that anthropology of disability and anthropologists with disabilities bring to the discipline as a whole, both theoretically and methodologically. Dr. Hartblay is a past recipient of the Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. They have served on the Steering Committee and the Conference Access Committee of the Disability Research Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. Dr. Hartblay’s research includes arts-based methods, such as I WAS NEVER ALONE, a stage play based on ethnographic fieldwork, and critical ethnographic engagements with the category of accessibility and design thinking.
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Hannah Quinn (Co-convener)
Hannah is a second year Ph.D. student in socio-cultural anthropology and the collaborative program in sexual diversity studies. Working with cognitively disabled adults, Hannah’s research focuses on the disproportionate levels of sexualized violence experienced by women with disabilities, the regulation of their intimate and sexual lives by caregivers and service providers, and the limits of the consent model for solving the problem of sexual violence. Hannah is committed to developing and contributing to the emerging field of disability anthropology, all while considering anthropological questions of personhood, value, ethics, and activism. Methodologically, Hannah is invested in developing and practicing experimental and sensory ethnographic methods in an effort to meaningfully engage with interlocutors who are less-than- and non-verbal, and who do not communicate in conventional ways.
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Vanessa Maloney (Co-convener)
Vanessa is currently a second year PhD student in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her work covers the intersections between care economies, gift-giving and experiences of disability, with a regional interest in the Pacific. Vanessa completed her Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam, during which she conducted fieldwork with a care organisation for older Pacific Islanders in New Zealand to explore how interventions into elder abuse are shaped by exchange practices, cultural politics and notions of personhood. For her PhD project, she is conducting research into disabled adults’ experiences in the Cook Islands and hopes to continue to explore issues of care and exchange in order to contribute to a critical disability anthropology of the Global South.