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Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality (BIODIAL)

This project explores how certain human and nonhuman lives are constructed as less valuable than others in cultural, literary, and social representations of disability, illness, animals, and animality.

The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality: Cultural Representations and Societal Significance (BIODIAL)

The interdisciplinary core of the project is to link disability and illness studies with animal and animality studies within the overarching framework of biopolitics, despite the fact that disability studies and animal studies have often resisted biopolitical intersections between them.

This theoretical background can illuminate cultural attitudes and problems related to disability, illness, and animality, as well as policy discussions and debates in the Norwegian public sphere and beyond.

Objectives

This project seeks to advance research in the humanities and social sciences by further developing disability studies and animal studies and the ways in which these new interdisciplinary branches of inquiry intersect with key questions of biopolitics and bioethics.

It brings interdisciplinary and intersectional attention to the ways that certain lives can be considered somehow less than “human”—whether disabled human beings, or nonhuman animals, or dehumanized and animalized human populations. Biopolitics is a theoretical field that offers new ways of bringing together disability studies, animal studies, and posthumanism, including Foucauldian-inspired work on social constructions of “life” that have become politicized terrain. The result of these constructions include dominant discourses about which forms of life should be allowed to live or die, as well as stigmatization and discrimination based upon what is considered “normal” or “natural”.

These issues connect disability, illness, and animality to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class, as well as educational policies, workplace conditions, and legislation regarding issues such as: discrimination, accessibility, accommodation, euthanasia, assisted suicide, abortion, prenatal testing, health care, vivisection, animal experimentation, factory farming, animal welfare, animal rights, and veterinary medicine.

The methodological focus of the project is critical discourse analysis of literary and cultural texts, analyzing representations of disability, illness, and animality in relation to broader social issues.

Blog

The BIODIAL Blog
On cultural texts related to disability, illness, and animality, introduced by academics from different fields.

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Financing

The project is financed by The Norwegian Research Council (FRIPRO/FRIHUMSAM)

Duration

1 September, 2017, to 30 June, 2021.

Publications

  • Lundblad, Michael & Grue, Jan (2020). Companion Prosthetics: Avatars of Animality and Disability. In McHugh, Susan; McKay, Robert & Miller, John (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 978-3-030-39772-2. p. 557–574.
  • Orning, Sara Elisabeth Sellevold (2020). Monstermekanismer. Fryktinngytende blandinger og rasjonalitetens makt. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0800-336X. 1, p. 19–33. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-3053-2020-01-03.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2020). Animality/ Posthumanism/ Disability: An Introduction. New Literary History. ISSN 0028-6087. 51(4), p. v–xxi.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2020). Disanimality: Disability Studies and Animal Advocacy. New Literary History. ISSN 0028-6087. 51(4), p. 765–795.
  • Grue, Jan & Lundblad, Michael (2019). The Biopolitics of Disability and Animality in Harriet McBryde Johnson. In Watson, Nick J. & Vehmas, Simo (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies. 2nd Edition . Routledge. ISSN 9781138365308. doi: 10.4324/9780429430817-9.
  • Grue, Jan (2018). Samarbeidsklimaendringer. Om humanistiske og filosofiske livsbetingelser i en posthumanistisk tid. Norsk Filosofisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0029-1943. 53(1), p. 19–27. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-2901-2018-01-03.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2017). The Future of Reading: Animality, Illness, and the Politics of Critique. In Lothe, Jakob (Eds.), The Future of Literary Studies. Novus Forlag. ISSN 978-82-7099-900-2. p. 87–97.

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  • Grue, Jan (2019). Det var en gang et menneske. Posthumanisme som tanke og tendens. Universitetsforlaget. ISBN 9788215031798. 192 p.

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  • Lundblad, Michael (2021). Hold the Door: Companion Prosthetics in Game of Thrones.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2021). Animality/ Posthumanism/ Disability.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2021). Disability in Dialogue with Animality: The BIODIAL Project.
  • Lundblad, Michael & Lilleslåtten, Mari (2020). Does Illness Make You Less Human? [Internet]. ScienceNorway.no.
  • Lundblad, Michael & Lilleslåtten, Mari (2020). Gjør sykdom deg mindre verdt som menneske? [Internet]. https://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/forskning/aktuelt/aktuelle-saker/.
  • Orning, Sara Elisabeth Sellevold & Taylor, Sunaura (2020). Being Human, Being Animal: Species Membership in Extraordinary Times. New Literary History. ISSN 0028-6087. 51, p. 663–685.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2019). The Jungle of the Ill: Biopolitics of Animality in Contemporary U.S. Illness Narratives.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2019). Iddiorhythmy and Its Discontents: Keywords for Multispecies Immersive Cultural Studies.
  • Orning, Sara Elisabeth Sellevold (2019). Speculative Storytelling and Configurations of the Human: Disability, Animality, and Monstrosity in an Extraordinary Female Body.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2019). Idiorrhythmy and Its Discontents: Keywords for Multispecies Immersive Cultural Studies.
  • Bradstreet, Tom Zachary (2019). The Enabling Condition, or, What Does It Mean to Learn from Temple Grandin?
  • Grue, Jan & Lundblad, Michael (2019). Embodying the narrative: Disability and animality in Game of Thrones.
  • Grue, Jan (2019). Hele mennesker i en fantastisk verden. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Orning, Sara Elisabeth Sellevold (2019). "Disability, animality and gender: the extraordinary body in Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix".
  • Lundblad, Michael (2019). The Jungle of the Ill: Biopolitics of Animality in Contemporary Illness Narratives.
  • Bradstreet, Tom Zachary (2019). "Narrative Maiming"? Debilitation and Capacitation in Kingsolver and Coetzee.
  • Bradstreet, Tom Zachary (2019). Next Friends: Nonhuman Subjectivity and the Problem of Self-Representation in Paul Auster’s 'Timbuktu'.
  • Bradstreet, Tom Zachary (2019). Diagnosing the Diagnosis: Towards a "Green Reading" of/in Jeffrey Eugenides’ 'Middlesex'.
  • Bradstreet, Tom Zachary (2019). The Enabling Condition, Or, What Are "We" Learning from Temple Grandin?
  • Lundblad, Michael (2019). Zombie Terrorists, Necropolitics, and Animality in World War Z.
  • Grue, Jan (2018). Etter mennesket. Cary Wolfe, Mel Chen og Jan Grue om posthumanisme, biopolitikk, kunst og kropsspråk. [Journal]. Vinduet.
  • Grue, Jan (2018). De-valuing Lives: Towards a Critical Thanatopolitics.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2018). The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality: Cultural Representations and Societal Significance.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2018). The Jungle of the Ill: Animalities in Contemporary Illness Narratives.
  • Lundblad, Michael & Grue, Jan (2018). The Biopolitics of Disability and Animality in Harriet McBryde Johnson.
  • Grue, Jan (2018). Åpen bok. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Orning, Sara Elisabeth Sellevold (2018). "Early modern monstrous births and transhumanism's silent monsters: investigating the promise and threat of bodily difference".
  • Lundblad, Michael & Grue, Jan (2018). Posthuman Entanglements: The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2018). Survival Reading: Illness Narratives and Animalities in the New Millennium.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2018). Den litterære fauna: Menneskelige dyr og dyriske mennesker (deltager).
  • Bradstreet, Tom Zachary (2018). Making the Cut: Reading Disability and Animality in the 21st Century.
  • Bradstreet, Tom Zachary (2018). Podcast: How Subversive is "The Shape of Water"?
  • Lundblad, Michael & Druglitrø, Tone (2017). Ebola Zombies and Terrorist Animals?: Welcome to World War Z . The BIODIAL Blog.
  • Lundblad, Michael & Grue, Jan (2017). BIODIAL: The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2017). Life in a Toxic Homeland: The Biopolitics of Animality and Disability in Bhopal and Indra Sinha's Animal's People .
  • Lundblad, Michael (2017). Survival Reading: Illness, Animality, and Terror in the New Millennium.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2017). The Future of Reading: Animality, Illness, and the Politics of Critique.
  • Grue, Jan (2017). Dine, mine, våre barn. Anmeldelse av Karin Bojs' Min europeiske familie. Klassekampens Bokmagasin. p. 12–12.
  • Grue, Jan (2017). System uten senter. Om posthumanisme. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2017). Survival Reading: Terrors of Illness and Animality in the New Millennium.
  • Lundblad, Michael (2017). Disability and Animality.
  • Lundblad, Michael & Grue, Jan (2016). Representations of Disability.

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