Elective in Disability Studies

booksRyerson’s School of disability Studies is offering the following course this Spring: DST604- Current Topics II: Disability, Desire, Sexuality (PR Group B or D).  See this post for full details.

Date: May 2nd to June 18th

Format: On line with 3 mandatory on site

Saturday, May 7th 10am to 4pm (SHE560)

Saturday, May 21st 10am to 5pm (SHE560)

Saturday, June 11th 10am to 5pm (SHE560)

Course rationale

Disability theory and activism deals with embodied variation as a definitive feature of human experience central the ways in which we understand and survive the social world. Sexuality, too, takes up humanness in varying conditions and identities. Disability, desire, and sexuality are profoundly interwoven in the constitution of personhood and bodily norms (Wilkerson, 2012). The sexual experiences of disabled people exposes often taken-for-granted assumptions about the medicalized body and support us in re-imagining the body as a site of desire and resistance.

This class introduces students to the “sexual culture” currently being claimed as part of disability/crip consciousness. Following Tobin Seibers (2012), the class first understands disability not as a problem to be overcome but as a complex and desirable embodiment with political dimensions that include disabled bodies in queer imaginings of sexual citizenship. The course is concerned with sexuality- and disability-related questions that raise concerns about the current and future politics of humanness. This intersection between disability and sexuality presents an opportunity to explore normalization – and resistance to it – by re-envisioning the body as a complicated and worthwhile site of desire.