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Mobilizing Metaphor

Art, Culture, and Disability Activism in Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Mobilizing Metaphor

Art, Culture, and Disability Activism in Canada

Mobilizing Metaphor illustrates how radical and unconventional forms of activism, including art, are reshaping the rich and vibrant tradition of disability mobilization in Canada. The artists, activists, and scholars in Mobilizing Metaphor reveal how their work is distinctive as both art and social action, and how disability activism is as varied as the population it represents. Sketching the shifting contours of Canadian disability politics, the authors challenge perceptions of disability and the politics that surround it, leading us to re-examine how we define oppression and how we enact change.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Mobilizing Metaphor / Christine Kelly and Michael Orsini

Part 1: Assemblages of Disability Research, Art, and Social Transformation

1 Fixing: The Claiming and Reclaiming of Disability History / Catherine Frazee, Kathryn Church, and Melanie Panitch

2 Imagining Otherwise: The Ephemeral Spaces of Envisioning New Meanings / Carla Rice, Eliza Chandler, and Nadine Changfoot

3 PosterVirus: Claiming Sexual Autonomy for People with HIV through Collective Action / Alexander McClelland and Jessica Whitbread

4 Deaf and Disability Arts: Insiders, Outsiders, and the Potential of Progressive Studios / Kristin Nelson

5 “It Fell on Deaf Ears”: Deafhood through the Graphic Signed Novel as a Form of Artivism / Véro Leduc

Part 2: Artistic Paths to Disability Activism

6 (Dis)quiet in the Peanut Gallery: Performing Social Justice through Integrated Dance / Lindsay Eales

7 Battle Lines Drawn: Creative Resistance to Ableism through Online Media / Jeffrey Preston

8 Deconstructing Phonocentrism: A New Genre in Deaf Arts / Paula Bath

9 Crip the Light Fantastic: Art as Liminal Emancipatory Practice in the Twenty-First Century / jes sachse

10 Claiming “the Masters” for Disability Rights: An Artist’s Journey / Diane Driedger

Part 3: Rethinking Agency in Canadian Disability Movements

11 Perching as a Strategy for Seeking Legitimacy for Broken Embodiments: Embracing Biomedical Claims for ME / Pamela Moss

12 Challenging Rhetorical Indifference with a Cripped Poetry of Witness / Jen Rinaldi and nancy viva davis halifax

13 The Body as Resistance Art/ifact: Disability Activism during the 2012 Quebec Student Movement / Gabriel Blouin Genest

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