Disability Anthropology at the University of Toronto

In 2019, a group of graduate students in the department of anthropology at the University of Toronto founded the Disability Anthropology Working Group. Housed in the department’s Ethnography Lab, the group extends and expands on conversations begun in my disability anthropology seminar the previous fall.

The working group meets weekly, alternating between a public reading group, open to all, and writing group for contributing members.

This past week, the lab members made their conference debut, presenting research on both parts of a double panel on new disability anthropology at the Society for Disability Studies at Ohio State University. As the faculty advisor for the group, I was very glad to see this new generation of scholars thriving.

Join the group for our last meeting of the term, Monday, April 22nd, 2-4pm, when we will discuss Erin Manning’s “The Minor Gesture” (2016) through a disability anthropology lens. The group also operates a listserv that circulates information about relevant events in the GTA.

A poster for the Disability Anthropology Reading Group's meeting to discuss "The Minor Gesture" by Erin Manning. "Each month the Disability Anthorpology Working group, in collaboration, with the Ethnography Lab, hosts a reading discussion of an ethnography related to disability. Coffee and snacks provided. All are welcome! April 22, 2-4pm. The Ethnography Lab, Room 330, 19 Russell St. // In This wide-ranging and probing book, Erin Manning extends her previous inquiries into the politics of movement to the concept of the minor gesture. The inorgesture, alghough it may pass almost unperceived, transforms the field of relations. More than a chance variation, less than a volition, it require srethinking common assumotpins about human agency and political action. To embrace the inor gesture's power to fashion relations, its capactiy to open new modes of experience and manners of expression ,is to challenge the ways in which the neurotypical image of the human devlaues alternative ways of being moved by and moving through the world -- in nparticular what Manning terms 'autistic perception'. RSVP and enquiries: hannah.queinn@mail.utoronto.ca and venessa.maloney@mail.utoronto.ca"

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