Taking Fat Students (and Staff) Into Account

Disabled students and staff are often (usually?) not taken into account in academic and other university and college initiatives designed to improve campus inclusion and diversity. Nor, usually, are fat students and staff taken into account in these initiatives for inclusion and diversity. If, like me, you understand disability as an apparatus of force relations, […]

Leaving Disabled People Out of Discussions of Universal Design

When I first glanced at the title of the most recent post at the APA Blog, “APA Talking Teaching: Accessibility and UDL,” I was pleased. I had assumed that the post would continue the work on Universal Design (UD) and learning that I and other disabled philosophers have produced on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, in the Dialogues […]

Excluded, By Design

I began my earlier review of Widdows’s Perfect Me by wondering which is preferable: a feminist text such as Widdows’s that seems to add disability to its analysis as an afterthought (and in doing so naturalizes and rebiologizes disability) or a feminist text such as Kate Manne’s Down Girl  that disregards the apparatus of disability […]

Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Adam Cureton

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the fiftieth installment of Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that I am conducting with disabled philosophers and post to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY on the third Wednesday of each month. The series is designed to provide a public venue for discussion with disabled philosophers […]

Braille Transcription for Academic Materials and a New Scholarship for Disabled Students

Ohio State University’s Office of Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) now has an in-house Braille transcriber for students requesting textbook and other materials in Braille, providing a faster and more cost-effective way to serve the needs of students and university departments. SLDS’s Lisa Vogt recently became a certified Braille transcriber through the (U.S.) National Library […]

Dialogues on Disability Wants You!

Are you a disabled philosopher? Would you like to join the dozens of other dynamic and illustrious disabled philosophers I’ve interviewed in the Dialogues on Disability series that I run here on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY? If so, please contact me at s.tremain@yahoo.ca OR sltremain@gmail.com. I’m lining up and conducting interviews for the coming months!

Microphones, Accessibility, and the APA

In a recent post, I enumerated occasions on which I have, in some way, contested the inaccessibility and ableism of the American Philosophical Association (APA) and indicated how the APA has responded to such interventions. I pointed out, for instance, that in an email exchange that took place a couple of weeks ago, an exchange […]

Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews August Gorman

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the forty-eighth installment of Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that I’m conducting with disabled philosophers and post to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY on the third Wednesday of each month. The series is designed to provide a public venue for discussion with disabled philosophers about […]

Signs of Blind People

If you used Google to get here and you are sighted, you might have noticed that the graphic for Google Doodle today commemorates the introduction of tenji block on railway platforms in Okayama, Japan, fifty-two years ago today. “Tenji block” is the name that Seiichi Miyake gave to the tactile paving slabs that he invented […]

CFP: The Philosophical Dimensions of Urban Transportation (deadline: Mar. 31, 2019)

Essays in Philosophy is accepting submissions for a special issue called The Philosophical Dimensions of Urban Transportation. Volume 21, Number 2Issue Date: July 2019Submission Deadline: March 31, 2019General Editor: Ramona Ilea (Pacific University)Issue Editor: Shane Epting (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Geographers, urban planners, and interdisciplinary scholars have made numerous contributions toward understanding urban transportation. Until […]