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October 11th, 2017

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Presentation & Workshop with Dr. Michelle Stewart

    Presentation & Workshop with Dr. Michelle Stewart

     Yes, And: Reconfiguring (Dis)Ability

    Through Improv and Applied Anthropology




    JR HOWARD 132


    This presentation focuses on a project that brings together the worlds of applied anthropology and community-based arts to investigate the lived experiences of those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)—a lifelong disability that is both stigmatized and racialised. This interdisciplinary project draws from critical studies in improvisation as well as Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies which allows for different frames through which to listen for, and attune to, intersecting forms of marginalizations. The project places the lived experience at the centre of the research which is methodologically and politically necessary if one is to be engaged in disability studies as well as an accomplice in dismantling ableist ideologies, policies and literatures associated to those with FASD. Drawing on the conceptual possibility of what George Lipsitz calls “arts-based community making,” the presentation will analyze how Participatory Action Research methods can illuminate the contingency of research findings. In so doing, the method helps to reveal and rupture the structural barriers that marginalize and isolate individuals while concurrently allowing for the possibility of developing collaborations to push back against marginalization that fosters community making. Everyone is welcome and the presentation will include a hands-on workshop that demonstrates improv in action.


    MICHELLE STEWART is Associate Professor of Justice Studies  at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan) where she is also Director of the Community Research Unit. She is the Strategic Research Lead of the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network.


    Presented by Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Sociology/Anthropology


    For more information, contact Magalí Rabasa:

January 20th, 2018

  • Image preview 11:30am - 5:00pm: MLK Service Day 2017
    Save the date! Join us in honoring Dr. King through service and learning.

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