Our bodies are constantly subject to systems of control that prioritize only one type of embodiment, a type that gets the label “normal”. In order to keep this label of “normal”, society labels all other bodies “abnormal”, positioning our only value as shoring up ideas of normalcy. DIS Embodied seeks to examine representations of embodiment, and particularly those bodies who have complicated embodiments that often collide with body power structures.
Run by Derek Newman-Stille, a disabled, queer person who researches representations of disability, this digital humanities project seeks to explore embodiment and examine the power structures that Other certain types of bodies. Bodies are complicated, and our exploration of them should also be complicated. This site examines literary, artistic, and cultural representation of diverse embodiments as well as scholarship on Othered bodies through multiple lenses: reviews, interviews, artwork, questions, and creative writing.