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Disability+Intersectionality Reading Group 

Disability+Intersectionality is a fortnightly reading group where we meet to discuss key texts in critical disability studies, situating them within the broader context of the humanities and social sciences. Each session will focus on a theme and explore how disability intersects with categories such as gender, race, sexuality, and class.

Meetings take place at King’s College London, Bush House (SE) 6.03, at 17:00.

Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book. It would be great to see you even if you have not had a chance to complete the readings. 

See below for a provisional weekly schedule and some preliminary readings. For an up-to-date reading list and access to our blog posts, please go to

Disability + Intersectionality – Monday 21 January, 17:00
  • Michael Oliver, The Politics of Disablement (1990)
  • Robert McRuer, Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (2006)
  • Jasbir Puar, ‘Prognosis time: Towards a geopolitics of affect, debility, and capacity’ (2009)
Disability + Culture – Monday 4 February, 17:00 
  • Lennard J. Davis, Enforcing Normalcy (1995)
  • Nirmala Erevelles, Disability and Difference in Global Contexts (2011) 
Disability + Borders – Monday 25 February, 17:00 

In conversation with: Dr Emma Sheppard, City, University of London

  • Emma Sheppard, ‘Using Pain, Living with Pain’ Feminist Review, 120 (2018), 54 - 69
  • Margaret Price, ‘The Bodymind Problem and the Possibilities of Pain’, Hypatia, 30.1 (2015), 268 - 284
Disability + Resistance – Monday 11 March, 17:00

In conversation with Eleanor Lisney from Sisters of Frida 

  • Audre Lorde, 'A Burst of Light' (1988), pp.40-41, pp. 94-98, and pp.110-133 in A Burst of Light and Other Essays (New York: Ixia Press, 2017)
  • Joanna Hedva, 'Sick Woman Theory'Mask Magazine (2016)
  • Robert McRuer, Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance (New York: NYU Press, 2018), (chapter tbc)
Disability + Performance – Monday 25 March, 17:00
  • Carrie Sandahl and Philip Auslander, Introduction - 'Disability Studies in Commotion with Performance Studies' pp.1 - 13 in Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance, ed. Sandahl and Auslander (Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2005)
  • Bree Hadley, Disability, Public Space Performance and Spectatorship (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), (chapter tbc)
  • Noëmi Lakmaier, One Morning in May, 2014 (15 minute YouTube video)

For copies of the readings in pdf or in accessible formats, or to be added to the mailing list, please email

Bush House Access

The building is fully accessible with lifts and accessible gender-neutral bathrooms. Please see map and access information on AccessAble here. If you have additional access requirements, or if you would like someone to meet you at the entrance, please let us know by email.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend in person, but would still like to participate via Skype, please send in your Skype ID in advance.

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