Dialogues on Disability on Wednesday, April 19th: Eighth Anniversary Installment

“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

“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 philosophy graduate student

“Shelley’s interviews are incisive and impactful inside and outside of the academy.” — Public Philosophy Network

Please join me tomorrow, that is, Wednesday, April 19th, for the EIGHTH-ANNIVERSARY installment of Dialogues on Disability, the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed series of interviews that I am conducting with disabled philosophers and post here on the third Wednesday of each month.

The series is designed 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.

In the upcoming anniversary installment of the series, two very special guests will join me to highlight unforgettable moments from the interviews of the past year, drawing in critical insights from another unforgettable year of pandemic: fatphobia and pedagogy; solidarity amongst disabled philosophers; resistance to making philosophy “whole;” the continued marginalization of philosophy of disability; phenomenological insights into ableism; emotions and trans disabled philosophers; the importance of structural analyses of ableism; the continued exclusion of disabled philosophers; and much, much more!

The entire Dialogues on Disability series is archived on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY here.

From April 2015 to May 2021, I coordinated, edited, and produced the Dialogues on Disability series without any institutional or other financial support. A Patreon account now funds the series, enabling me to continue to create it. You can contribute your support for these vital interviews with disabled philosophers at the Dialogues on Disability Patreon account page here.

As a settler, I acknowledge that the land on which I sit to conduct these interviews is the traditional ancestral territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg nations. The territory was the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations around the Great Lakes. I offer these interviews with respect for and in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of so-called Canada and other settler states who, for thousands of years, have held sacred the land, water, air, and sky, as well as their inhabitants, and who, for centuries, have struggled to protect them from the ravages and degradation of colonization and expropriation.

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