My first book, I Was Never Alone or Oporniki: An Ethnographic Play on Disability in Russia, is now available for pre-order from University of Toronto Press and Amazon.ca. The book is scheduled for release in May 2020. I Was Never Alone or Oporniki presents an original ethnographic stage play, based on fieldwork conducted in Russia … Continue reading Book available for pre-order!
Awhile back I got a chance to sit down with Eliza Chandler, Lindsey Fisher, and Sean Lee and record our conversation for an episode of Contra*, the podcast of the Critical Design Lab. I've been thinking for awhile now about how anti-ableist praxis requires thinking and working to make the spaces of knowledge production more … Continue reading Talking Disability Art with Eliza Chandler, Lindsey Fisher, and Sean Lee
The University of Toronto Scarborough is emerging as an exciting place to think about disability studies. I've been excited to be part of discussions in classrooms and between faculty, and I'm particularly looking forward to a few upcoming events this fall. The dean's Great Explorations speaker series - a month of public lectures pitched to … Continue reading Disability Studies Lecture Series!
Have you subscribed to Contra*?!? Contra* is a podcast about disability, design justice, and the lifeworld created by Aimi Hamraie and produced by the contributors to the Critical Design Lab, a multi-institution project. It's been an exciting year watching this project grow in my role as contributor to CDL and the podcast, and with our … Continue reading Contra* podcast
In 2019, a group of graduate students in the department of anthropology at the University of Toronto founded the Disability Anthropology Working Group. Housed in the department's Ethnography Lab, the group extends and expands on conversations begun in my disability anthropology seminar the previous fall. The working group meets weekly, alternating between a public reading … Continue reading Disability Anthropology at the University of Toronto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZF1DW4Oyc8 Not long ago, I was in Russia, to take part in an event at European University at Saint Petersburg, DIS.ART – disability, ethnography & the arts on October 10, 2018. The event featured four creative works by a cohort of medical ethnographers working on disability at European University in Saint Petersburg. The evening started … Continue reading Disability, Art & Ethnography in St Petersburg
This week marks the launch of a new blog from Aimi Hamraie's Critical Design Lab at Vanderbilt University, an intentional space for transformative research practice at the intersection of critical and interrogative design, intersectional feminist design theory, and crip technoscience. Over the past year, I've been a long-distance collaborator with the lab, working together to … Continue reading Critical Design Lab blog launches!
This summer brings the exciting news of a big move. As I pack up my things at Yale and house hunt in Toronto, I'm very glad to say that as of June 1, I am joining the faculty at the University of Toronto Scarborough. In my new role as Assistant Professor with a cross-appointment between … Continue reading Toronto, Hello!
I'm very glad that a performance of my ethnographic play will be presented this March as part of the program of the 2018 Soyuz Symposium for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, this year hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the European Studies Council at Yale. Friday March 2nd at 7:30pm, with a talk back session at … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE at Yale
I was touched this week to reread an article published online by a local news source in Petrozavodsk, Russia where I conduct my fieldwork. My dear friend and collaborator, Vladimir Rudak, a musician, filmmaker, writer, and disability activist from Petrozavodsk shared his impressions of the United States with reporter Asya Kosheleva. I was fortunate to … Continue reading Жизнь – игра, or, all the world’s a stage in ethnographic theater