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Disability, Eco(in)justice, and Transnational Solidarity

Disability Studies Lecture with Dr. Nirmala Erevelles

March 21, 2022

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Disability Studies, the School for Cultural and Social Transformation, and the Transformative Intersectional Collective (TRIC), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are delighted to present the 2022 Disability Studies lecture.

While much has been written about the eco(in)justices in two global cities, Bhopal, India &. Flint, Michigan separately, very little has been done to map out the continuities and discontinuities of the ways in which disaster capitalism in transnational contexts separates and divides communities collectively brutalized in its wake. Further, much of the published literature fails to recognize that, in these contexts, disability proliferates. When disability is recognized in these contexts, these writers tend to treat it as a pathological condition, and thus fail to engage disability as a historical category forged at the intersections of race, caste, and class by the violence of disaster capitalism. This talk draws on “contemporary materialist postcolonial criticism” (Barker and Murray; 2010) to explain how the story of environmental (in)justice is tied to racialized, classed, casteist and ableist “histories of segregation, abandonment and the relationships among people, property and capital” (Ranganathan, 2016) and discusses the implications for transformative praxis.

A Q&A will follow.

ASL interpreting and CART captioning will be provided. Questions to

Nirmala Erevelles smiles wearing red glasses, black cardigan, and red blouse. She has medium length, brown hair touching her shoulders.

Dr. Nirmala Erevelles

Dr. Nirmala Erevelles is Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Alabama. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of disability studies, critical race theory, transnational feminism, sociology of education, and postcolonial studies. Specifically, her research focuses on the unruly, messy, unpredictable, and taboo body—a habitual outcast in educational (and social) contexts. She is the author of Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Towards a Transformative Body Politic (Palgrave 2012).

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