If you are a new reader/listener of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, you might have recognized that Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that I conduct with disabled philosophers and post here on the third Wednesday of each month, is at the heart of the blog. What you might not know, however, is that the Dialogues on Disability series has a Patreon to support its production. Through the Patreon, I write to subscribers about the series, its themes, its highlights, the benefits that it provides the philosophical community, and so on.
The Patreon enables me to continue to produce this groundbreaking series of interviews for the foreseeable future. The Patreon membership levels are $4 (Solidarity Forever), $8 (Resisting the Apparatus), $15 (Disabled Philosophers Rock), $25 (Yours in Struggle), $40 (Philosophy of Disability Ignited), and $100 (Unlearning (My) Ableism). Your contribution to the Patreon, at any level, will be very gratefully received.
The Dialogues on Disability Patreon “welcome” page, which is copied below, captures the motivation and rationale for the Dialogues on Disability Patreon account. Please go to the Dialogues on Disability Patreon page here to show your support for the series and disabled philosophers. Yours in struggle, Shelley
Welcome to the Patreon page for Dialogues on Disability, the groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed series of interviews that disabled feminist philosopher of disability Shelley Tremain is conducting with disabled philosophers and posts to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY on the third Wednesday of each month.
Tremain launched the series in April 2015 in order to provide a public venue for discussion with disabled philosophers about a range of topics, including their philosophical work on disability; the place of philosophy of disability vis-à-vis the discipline and profession; their experiences of institutional exclusion and personal and structural gaslighting in philosophy, in particular, and in academia, more generally; resistance to ableism, racism, sexism, and other apparatuses of power; accessibility; and anti-oppressive pedagogy.
The Dialogues on Disability series has had an undeniably formative and lasting impact on the discipline and profession of philosophy; on the production and dissemination of philosophy of disability; on the self-esteem and professional status of disabled philosophers; on the position of disabled academics in academia more broadly; and on disabled people’s activism in society, raising the profile of disabled philosophers globally and showcasing their philosophical work and other accomplishments.
From April 2015 to May 2021, Tremain has edited and produced the Dialogues on Disability interview series without financial support. Please acknowledge the critical importance of this interview series and enable Tremain to continue to produce it by supporting it financially.
What philosophers have said about the Dialogues on Disability series and its Patreon:
“I have read almost all of your interviews and they are always wonderful. …I am really looking forward to the next installment of Dialogues on Disability.” — Adrian Piper
“[Shelley Lynn Tremain’s] interview series, Dialogues on Disability, has arguably had a greater impact on the status of disabled philosophers in the profession than anything else that has been done to date. This Patreon account is a way we can help her continue this critical work. Solidarity forever!!!! — Joseph Stramondo
“I’ve learned so much from Shelley Lynn Tremain’s Dialogues on Disability through the years (and found out about so much exciting work being done by disabled philosophers).” — Jane Dryden
“The Dialogues on Disability platform … has been very helpful to me, especially at times where I did not feel I belong in the world of academic philosophy.” — Disabled graduate student
“Shelley’s interviews are incisive and impactful inside and outside of the academy.” — Public Philosophy Network
The Dialogues on Disability Patreon page uses the BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY logo, a dandelion, which suggests life, networks, systems, and change, reaffirming the centrality of the Dialogues on Disability series to the BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY blog. (Photo credit: James Niland)
The Dialogues on Disability Patreon account page is here.