2/25/2020: “Agitation” by Mel Y. Chen

Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “Agitation” by Mel Y. Chen published in The South Atlantic Quarterly.

From the article:

“What is virtuosity? Improvisation? What of gesture, agitated gesture, that lies between these two things? How to locate and value disruption, especially when that disruption is a violation of a racial-gendered script of embodiment and movement? Where does mildness go? How to replenish the rich sphere of gestures of life, of thriving, amid the violences that contain it?” (563)

2/20/2020: #DisabledBlackHistory

2/18/2020: “Reconfiguring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman” by Janell Hobson

Today’s feature is “Of ‘Sound’ and ‘Unsound’ Body and Mind: Reconfiguring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman” by Janell Hobson in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.

From the article‘s conclusion:

“That Tubman further describes her slave experience and discusses at length her disability in this monologue does much to complicate her iconicity in popular culture and to expand on this historical discourse for black feminist disability studies.” (208)

About the author:

Janell Hobson is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she currently serves as Department Chair. She is the author of Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2005, 2nd ed. 2018) and Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender (SUNY Press, 2012). She also writes and blogs for Ms. Magazine and authored several cover stories for the magazine, including “Beyoncé’s Fierce Feminism” (Spring 2013). She also writes and engages in scholarship on representations of historical figure, Harriet Tubman. Hobson is working on two projects, under contract with Routledge: a third book, When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination, and an edited collection, The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories: Across the Diaspora, from Ancient Times to the Present.

2/12/2020: “The Violence of Hostile Accommodations” by ChrisTiana ObeySumner

Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “The Violence of Hostile Accommodations” by ChrisTiana ObeySumner published in the South Seattle Emerald on February 11, 2020.

From the article:

“The process of requesting accommodations can also be hostile. Earlier this year, I facilitated a workshop on how to create an equitable and inclusive work space for people with intersectional marginalized identities including an invisible disability. As you can imagine, it was quite a dense training that could have easily been a series of two or three parts. When I shared with the audience that requiring a doctor’s note was a form of hostile accommodations, the floodgates of incredulity flung open. The common theme among those insistent that a doctor’s note be required argued some sort of documentation was needed to ensure people weren’t “faking it” or “trying to game the system.”

About the Author:

ChrisTiana ObeySumner is the CEO and principal consultant of Epiphanies of Equity LLC, has dedicated nearly two decades of their life and career to amplifying the importance of social equity through the lenses of critical race theory and existential social psychology –particularly through frameworks of: Narrative identity development and its role in cultural humility and allyship; Intersectionality and social models of disability justice; Bridging awareness to the lived experience of race, racism, racialized ableism and antiblackness, and; Dismantling neuropsychological and psychosocial paradigms underlying social injustice and inaction. [Source: South Seattle Emerald]