This spring, I am very excited to be working with medical anthropologist Dr. Lauren Fordyce, instructor of the Anthropology of Disability course at UNC-CH, and Dr. Neel Ahuja, instructor for the Disability Studies course housed in the English department, to launch an applied undergraduate course project that seeks to contribute to a sense of disability … Continue reading Teaching Engaged Anthropology: Disability History at UNC-CH
This month my friends and collaborators in Petrozavodsk present the city's first-ever social theater project. The play, which premieres on November 27th and 28th, is a collaborative work, coauthored by children with disabilities in the city and knit together by theater professionals Oleg Lipovetsky and Lidiya Pobedinskaya. The brain child of an open collaborative of … Continue reading Play premiere in Petrozavodsk!
I am absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of my new ethnographic installation in its digital incarnation this Friday, September 27th!! The project, Do You Like This Installation?, is one of four commissioned works featured in a contemporary online art exhibition titled Cripping Cyberspace. The broader exhibition is curated by uber-talented Amanda Cachia, presented by … Continue reading Installation Launch: Cripping Cyberspace
I was so lucky to be in Prague last week to take part in a single-stream conference, Decolonizing Disability Theory I: Cripping Development. As an ethnographer recording disabled experience in Russia, the opportunity to engage disability theory in the actual space of Eastern Europe was not only much needed, but exceeded all expectations. From an … Continue reading Cripping Development
It's been an exciting few months! Not only does mid-May find me wrapping up my year of fieldwork in Petrozavodsk (bye for now, everyone - I'll miss you!), my email inbox has been full of good news and encouragement. In April, it was announced that my paper was selected for the 2013 Irving K. Zola … Continue reading Springtime Laudations
You might remember a meme that got passed around the internet last fall, showing pictures of utterly inaccessible ramps from around Russia. Russian accessibility activists like to call these the "galochki" or check-mark ramps: Is there a ramp? Yes! Does it work? Who cares?! It's there, put a check mark in the accessibility box! Last … Continue reading New posts up on “Kto Kuda Kak?” Accessibility Blog
I'm excited to announce the launch of a collaborative project with several non-profit organizations in Karelia, Russia! It is a blog collecting images of accessibility in the North Western republic of the Russian Federation where I am living while conducting my dissertation fieldwork. You may remember a series of viral images that circulated on Facebook … Continue reading Imag(in)ing Accessibility in Karelia, Russia
HEY YOU! Contribute to my current project, UNDOING ABLEISM // A VIDEO ASSEMBLAGE!! The prompt: Capture a part of your body that does not have a name (e.g. that you can’t describe in two words or less). Submit your digital video to be a part of a larger assemblage, which will be presented as a video installation … Continue reading Call for Contributions
I am really excited to be included as a review author in this amazing special issue edited by Marianna Muravyeva, which for the first time collects a wide array of articles around the history of disability in Russia. The journal is published in Russian - so for those of you who read Russian, dig in! … Continue reading The History of Disability in Russia – Спецвыпуск ЖУРНАЛ ИССЛЕДОВАНИЙ СОЦИАЛЬНОЙ ПОЛИТИКИ!
Having recently arrived in Petrozavodsk as part of my dissertation research, I was invited to tell students at the summer school session at the municipal center for children with disabilities about life in Chapel Hill North Carolina. My presentation made it on to the organization's website under the news category! Check it out here.