As part of Peterborough’s Queer Pride Week, I organized a panel with Tessa Smith featuring Fiona Patton, Shannon Avery, Ronnie Ritchie, and myself, Derek Newman-Stille. Our panel was created to bring access to the way that our Queer community and Disabled community overlap while bringing attention to the fact Pride events in most locations tend to be inaccessible or only feature able-bodied people.
We wanted to explore not just the way that Queerness and Disability come together, but also the way that these identities can conflict. We explore the ableism in Queer “safe spaces” and the homophobia in Disabled “safe spaces”. We wanted a panel of diverse Queer people with disabilities and found people that occupy many different roles in our communities from writers to artists to students to activists.
We want to acknowledge the support of Peterborough Pride, the Rainbow Services Organization, and Traill College at Trent University for their support of this event.
This video was filmed at Bagnani Hall at Traill College, Trent University in Peterborough Ontario, Canada.
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By Derek Newman-Stille
Ulla Kriebernegg is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. Dr. Kriebernegg’s research primarily focusses on Inter-American literary and cultural studies, with attention to Jewish-American Literature and Ageing Studies. She is the chair of the European Network of Ageing Studies and an executive board member for the International Association of Inter-American Studies.
In this episode of Dis(Abled) Embodiment, Dr. Kriebernegg and I talk about Ageing Studies, with a particular focus on the literary and cultural representation of ageing. We examine the way that ageing is expressed in our cultural imagination, particularly looking at the anxieties, uncertainties, and hopes that get attached to images of Long Term Care. We explore narratives of care and responses to ideas of care, examining connecting ideas of gender, sexuality, and difference. We talk about differences in the way that long term care occurs in different nationalities and the different imaginative possibilities that exist for re-thinking long term care.
In addition, we examine Care Home Stories: Ageing, Disability, and Long Term Residential Care co-edited by Dr. Kriebernegg and Dr. Sally Chivers. Care Home Stories, published by Columbia University Press, is a collection of essays that examines the stereotypes and assumptions that exist around long term care and offers new narrative possibilities that allow readers to re-examine ideas around long term care.
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Thank you again to Dr. Kriebernegg for taking the time to do an interview with me here on Dis(Abled) Embodiment.
By Derek Newman-Stille
Today, I interview Em Glasspool about Dis Arts (disability arts) in the city of Peterborough, exploring the upcoming Arts Ability: Taking the Stage performance, which features the work of multiple Peterborough-area artists in the disabled community.
Em Glasspool is a performer in the Peterborough community and runs Mysterious Entity Theatre, a company that brings attention to gender diversity, bodily diversity, and neurodiversity.
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You can find out more about Arts Ability: Taking the Stage at https://www.facebook.com/events/1973700966203677/