McGill Conference

Media@McGill presents

Radical Affordances:

Emerging Scholarship, Art, and Activism
at the Intersection of Media and Disability Studies

A free public panel and virtual gallery during McGill’s 2015 Disabilities Awareness Week

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Leacock 232 [click here for access map]

The event is followed by a reception.

To what extent do media technologies and practices shape our abilities to act and circulate in the world? In what ways might critical disability studies invite us to rethink our understandings of media and their affordances? Inspired by McGill postdoctoral researcher Arseli Dokumaci’s current work on disabilities and affordances, this panel explores the potentials of “radical affordances” in relation to mobility, everyday performance, as well as artistic and activist practices. Featuring six Montreal-based emerging scholars and practitioners, the presentations include projects and case studies that offer new tools to expand the affordances of existing technologies, as well as creative approaches that reveal unsuspected possibilities in familiar devices and media.

Misfires that Matter: Disabled Ways of Affording the Everyday
Dr. Arseli Dokumaci, postdoctoral researcher, McGill University

Wheeling New York City
Laurence Parent, PhD candidate, Concordia University

Art and Design in the Context of Assistive Technologies: Two Projects
Dr. Florian Grond, postdoctoral researcher, Concordia University

Singing Beyond Hearing
Jessica Holmes, PhD candidate, McGill University

Narrative Creations in Sign Languages: The Promises of Image Technologies
Dr. Julie Châteauvert, independent artist and scholar

The Underwater City Project
Aimee Louw, journalist and activist

This event is supported by McGill University’s Office for Students with Disabilities and Concordia University’s Critical Disability Studies Working Group.

For more information, visit www.media.mcgill.ca

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