Lezing | Dan Goodley

Wanneer
07-05-2019 van 10:00 tot 12:00
Waar
AUDITORIUM 1, H. DUNANTLAAN 2, 9000 GENT, FACULTY OF PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
Voertaal
Engels
Contact
swsp@ugent.be
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2019-05-07-dan-goodley

This public lecture will draw upon some of my recent work with colleagues in Sheffield and Manchester in Britain and in response to some inspiring writers and writings. Drawing on research projects and intellectual moments of engagement, the lecture considers the ways in which disability disavows normative constructions of the human. I use the term disavowal in its original psychoanalytic sense of the word: to simultaneously and ambivalently desire and reject something (in this case, the human). I will then clarify and expand upon this disavowal – with explicit reference to the politics of people with intellectual disabilities – and make a case for the ways in which the human is (i) a category through which social recognition can be gained and (ii) a classification requiring expansion, extension and disruption. Indeed, an under-girding contention of this lecture is that people with intellectual disabilities are already engaged in what we might term a posthuman politics from which all kinds of human can learn.

The lecture explores how, while I started with disability studies, my research and scholarship has shifted to include engagement with feminist, queer, postcolonial and class theories. This critical subjectivity requires a more intersectional and therefore more broadened praxis necessitated by the complexities of human lives at the margins of society. The lecture then outlines seven reasons why we should ask what it means to be human. Then we will move to focus on four very human elements - support, frailty, capacity and desire - and disability’s place in redefining these elements. The lecture adopts the maxim of critical disability studies: that while we start with disability we do not end with it. And in this sense I am interested more widely in considerations of social justice.

Dan Goodley is Professor of Disability Studies and Education at the University of Sheffield. His writing has sought to unravel and contest the dual process of ableism and disablism, being reflected in influential book publications such as Disability Studies (2014, Routledge) and Disability Studies (2011, Sage). He is a father to two daughters, a keen Nottingham Forest FC football fanatic and lover of the band Sleaford Mods.

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