Arseli Dokumacı is a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University’s Social Studies of Medicine Department and a research associate for the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas. She received her PhD in Performance Studies from Aberystwyth University. She is a video-maker and media practitioner exploring performance and disability, and is a co-founder of the Concordia Disability Studies Working Group.
Kim Sawchuk is a co-founder of the “m.i.a/montreal in/accessible” collective that uses media technologies and performative methodologies to raise awareness of able-ism. She is a co-founder of the Concordia Disability Studies Working Group and a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She is author/co-editor of numerous texts on politics and embodiment.
Yvonne Schmidt is head of the SNSF-research project “DisAbility on Stage” at the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film, Zurich University of the Arts. She is a lecturer at the University of Bern, Institute for Theater Studies and teaches in the Theater and MAS Cultural Media Studies Program at Zurich University of the Arts. Her current research focuses on directors with cognitive disabilities.
7/18 – 7/20: H107, Tecnoaulas FEN
7/22: G15 FAU
What are the intersections between disability and eX-centricity? How could disability unsettle the boundaries around what counts as center and its eX-tremities? How does a disability perspective disrupt common codes,; dis-arrange and rearrange the blueprints of the possible? How might a performance studies perspective energize and re-animate tired debates, such as the impairment and disability divide? What new forms of collectives and collaborations can be formed around disability? How might eX-centricity of disability challenge aesthetic practice and open up new possibilities for activism?
Touching upon themes common to cboth performance and disability studies, this work group focuses on the interface of performance and disability to produce new eX-centricities. We invite artists, academics, theorists, and activists to explore how the two paradigms might challenge and productively inform each other.