Dr. Alison Kafer will discuss her 2013 book, Feminist Queer Crip, Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in Libbey Hall.She is an associate professor and chair of feminist studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she also teaches classes in the Environmental Studies and the Race and Ethnicity studies programs.
Her work on disability, gender and sexuality has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Sex and Disability (2012) and Feminist Disability Studies (2011).
“Challenging the ways ideas about the future and time are deployed in the service of the illusion of normalcy, Dr. Kafer rejects ‘the body’ as a predetermined limit,” said Dr. Jim Ferris, Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair of Disability Studies and director of the UT Disability Studies Program.
“Drawing upon environmental justice, reproductive justice, cyborg theory and transgender politics, she envisions new possibilities for crip futures and feminist/queer/crip alliances, outlining a political framework for a more just world.”
Kafer’s free, public talk will be the third annual School of Interdisciplinary Studies Distinguished Lecture.