Reading & Signing with Alison Kafer author of Feminist, Queer, Crip
In Feminist, Queer, Crip Alison Kafer imagines a different future for disability and disabled bodies. Challenging the ways in which ideas about the future and time have been deployed in the service of compulsory able-bodiedness and able-mindedness, Kafer rejects the idea of disability as a pre-determined limit. She juxtaposes theories, movements, and identities such as environmental justice, reproductive justice, cyborg theory, transgender politics, and disability that are typically discussed in isolation and envisions new possibilities for crip futures and feminist/queer/crip alliances. This bold book goes against the grain of normalization and promotes a political framework for a more just world.
Alison Kafer is Associate Professor and Chair of Feminist Studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She teaches courses in feminist and queer theory, environmental studies, and disability studies. Her work on gender, sexuality, and disability has appeared in anthologies including Sex and Disability, Feminist Disability Studies, and Gendering Disability, as well as in the Journal of Women’s History. She co-edited Deaf and Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches and is currently co-editing a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly on the growth of disability studies.