VIRTUAL: Live via Zoom!
Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Jennifer Natalya Fink presents All Our Families: Disability Lineage and the Future of Kinship
In conversation with Petra KuppersAward-winning author and leading Disability Studies scholar Jennifer Natalya Fink (virtually) launches her new book All Our Families, a memoir-qua-provocation hailed as “a magisterial crip-queer reimagining of our disabled pasts and futures” (Robert McRuer, author of Crip Theory). Disability is often described and treated as a tragedy, a crisis, or an aberration, though 1 in 5 people worldwide have a disability. Why, then, is this common human experience rendered as so exceptional? Informed by queer and critical race theory and weaving together stories of her family members with sociohistorical research, Fink illustrates how the eradication of disabled people from family narratives is rooted in racist, misogynistic, and antisemitic sorting systems. Analyzing our racist and sexist care systems, Fink exposes their inequities as a source of stigmatizing ableism and makes a powerful argument for the reclamation of disability as a history, a culture, and an identity, one which challenges all of us to refigure disability within the family as a way towards a more inclusive and flexible structure of care and community. Fink will be joined in conversation by disability culture activist and community performance artist Petra Kuppers. Kuppers will also read from her new book, Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters (University of Minnesota Press, 2022), which explores disability culture perspectives on moving in diverse artistic worlds (https://www.upress.umn.edu/
A provocation to reclaim our disability lineage in order to profoundly reimagine the possibilities for our relationship to disability, kinship, and carework.