Making the Cut: Reading Disability and Animality in the 21st Century
Why and how are the lives of different beings valued differently? To what extent do ideas about embodiment and capability impact upon this attribution or denial of value?
The lecturer Tom Bradstreet.
And how do literary and cultural texts reflect, perpetuate, and (de)construct ideas about the relative value of life?
Tom Z. Bradstreet, a Doctoral Research Fellow at ILOS affiliated with the research project ‘The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality’, will engage these questions – among others – in this talk about contemporary literary representations of disabled people and nonhuman animals.
After introducing key ideas from the realms of biopolitics, disability theory, and animality studies, Bradstreet will use his concept of ‘narrative maiming’ in order to expose the underlying problematics of representations of disability and animality which at first glance seem encouragingly progressive.
A simple lunch will be served.