Assisted Living: Crip Theory and Cyborg Culture
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 3888
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Media & Culture
This course brings together feminist, queer, critical race and disability studies in an exploration of the emergent field of Crip Theory in conversation with various manifestations of cyborg politics and what Karen Barad calls the "posthuman performative." We will begin by studying creative, theoretical and activist interventions into what Robert McRuer has framed as "compulsory able-bodiedness" and move through the various ways that cyborg theory and posthuman cultural criticism might be seen to, at points, both elaborate and diminish the politicization of disabilty. As the course proceeds we will consider the ways that all beings are 'assisted' in their capacity to live, even though normative constructions of ability/disability understand only "the disabled" as requiring assistance. Here, we re-think the condition of assistance. To this end, we will study interspecial assistances and co-operations, military/medical technologies that enhance "ability" in "the disabled," and imagine together the possibilities and limitations of cyborg theory for a radical crip politics. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Undergraduate students.