COVID-19 and The Naturalization of Vulnerability

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and especially since its effects began to be more directly experienced in Canada, I have carefully watched growing discussions about the pandemic, “seniors,” disabled people, “vulnerability,” and nursing homes unfold on social media and in the mainstream popular press. In particular, I am attentive to the ways that […]

Back on the Anti-Ableist Hobby Horse Again

Question: What do Licia Carlson, Andy Clark, Leslie Francis, Sara Goering, Chris Kaposy, Serene Khader, Eva Kittay, Will Kymlicka, Monique Lanoix, Joel Reynolds, Cynthia Stark, and Jonathan Wolff have in common? Answer: All of them are nondisabled philosophers whose careers have been advanced with publications on disability. None of them has a disabled philosopher of […]

Reminder CFP: Special Issue: Diversity in Philosophy (deadline: Apr. 30, 2020)

We are soliciting papers for a special issue of Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences, for publication in November 2020, on the broad topic of diversity in philosophy. Symposion is a fully open-access journal, which we hope will mean that the contributions will reach a wide audience including those with no or limited access […]

Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Emily R. Douglas

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the fifty-eighth 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 […]

What’s Ahead: Against Natural(izing) Disability

Much of my writing, teaching, service, and activism in philosophy has been designed to undermine a cluster of assumptions about the relation between nature and nurture, that is, a cluster of assumptions about the relation between biology and society, assumptions that remain embedded in philosophical discourses, variously naturalizing disability, gender, race, and other apparatuses of […]

Six Things You Should Know About Diversity in Philosophy, the Apparatus of Disability, and the Status of Disabled Philosophers

No department with a nondisabled philosopher of disability on its faculty has a disabled philosopher of disability on its faculty. There is not a single disabled philosopher of disability employed full-time in a Canadian philosophy department. There are no disabled philosophers of disability in the departments in which the leading advocates for diversity and inclusion […]

The Disabling Materiality of Feminist Rhetorical Practices*

Consider the expressions “women and other underrepresented groups” and “women and minorities,” terminology that has been readily transported from managerial and juridical discourses (such as corporate social responsibility statements, government policy, university administration protocols, etc.) and uncritically assimilated into feminist (and other) discourses ostensibly designed to contest and reduce the homogeneous character and composition of […]

Landmark Settlement With Harvard University To Improve Online Accessibility

The National Association for the Deaf (NAD) in the U.S. has announced a landmark settlement with Harvard University which includes requirements that go beyond the university’s recently-introduced accessibility policies, including requirements to caption live events, third-party platforms (such as YouTube videos), and department-sponsored student groups. The following article about the settlement (dated November 27, 2019) […]

Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Kristina Lebedeva

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the fifty-sixth 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 […]

Posts on Ableist Language and Discourse

Due to the interest in my recent post “Weinberg and Barnes on Ableist Language” (the top link below), I have compiled a list of links to my earlier blog posts (on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, Discrimination and Disadvantage, and New Apps) about disability and ableist language and disability and language in general, beginning with the most recent […]