Calling All Dialogues on Disability Interviewees!

“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

“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

“I’ve learned so much about ableism in philosophy and academia from Shelley Tremain. I really recommend the Dialogues on Disability series, but all of Shelley’s work is incredibly valuable.” — Megan Dean

“Dialogues on Disability . . . might be viewed as what Ahmed would call a ‘willfulness archive’ . . . Yet I would rather draw on Ahmed’s martial metaphor and conceive of this series of interviews as an army: a collection of disabled arms locked in opposition to making the field whole, or an arsenal of sharpened spears ready to be hurtled at the edifice of the field of philosophy.” — Johnathan Flowers


On Wednesday, July 19, I will post the 100th installment of Dialogues on Disability (archived here), the groundbreaking series of interviews that I’m conducting with disabled philosophers and post to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY on the third Wednesday of each month. I started the series in April 2015.

At the time, I didn’t imagine that it would become such a force for change in philosophy, increasing the public profile of so many disabled philosophers, pulling them out of the margins of academic discourse, and shedding light on how the neoliberal university bars disabled people from its physical, material, and discursive spaces.

In recognition of the endurance of the Dialogues on Disability series and the influence that it continues to have on the discipline and profession, I want to mark the centennial of the series in a memorable way by providing a forum for its alumni to articulate how the interviews have impacted their thinking about disability, how their personal circumstances vis-à-vis the profession have changed due to the series and its interventions, how the series has affected their political and institutional commitments and identifications, what the Dialogues on Disability community has given them, and so on.

Have you been interviewed in the Dialogues on Disability series?

If so, I want you to contribute to the centennial installment of the series by composing a paragraph of 100 words (or less) in which you say what the Dialogues on Disability series has done for you, has meant to you, why you value it, and why it has endured. I will then compile these entries into a seamless installment and post it to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY on July 19th.

If you are a Dialogues on Disability alumnus, please contribute to the installment by submitting an entry of 100 words in the body of an email (not as attachment) at with the subject line Dialogues on Disability Centennial. Submit your entry to me by June 20 or sooner.

I want to get the word out about the construction of this centennial installment, so please circulate this BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY post widely.

If you know someone who has been interviewed in the Dialogues on Disability series, please tell them about this endeavour and direct them to this post for instructions about how to contribute to this unique centennial installment of the series.

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