Disability in Brazil: Experiences, Arts, Activisms

April 11, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This virtual panel features four presentations by disabled Brazilian scholars, artists, and activists working towards disability visibility and justice. Drawing from their own research and artistic-activist practices, panelists will address the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and disability in Brazilian disability worlds; “disability” as a historical category in the Brazilian context; and the political and aesthetic potentialities of disabled people’s self-representations in Brazil’s social and cultural diversity. This panel promises to reveal productive points of convergence and divergence in disability studies in Brazil and the United States, and will generate dialogue on how U.S.-based disability scholars, artists, and activists might learn from work being done in the Global South. Panelists and presentations:

  • Anahí Guedes de Mello – “Who Writes on Behalf of Disability in Brazilian Social Thought?”
  • Marco Gavério – “Race and Disability in Brazil in the film White Out, Black In”
  • Bruna Teixeira, Malta Lee, and Olga Aureliano (Retratos Defiças Project) – “Retratos Defiças [Crip Portraits]: the Art and Trajectory of Crip Bodies Portrayed or Described in their Particular Worlds”
  • Fábio Passos – “Disabled People’s Aesthetics of Nudity: Political and Anti-normative Bodies”

This event is open to all WashU faculty, students, and staff and will be recorded and later made publicly available. Presentations will be in Portuguese with simultaneous translation to English. CART captioning in English will be provided. The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session open to all attendees.

This event is presented by the WashU Latin American Studies Program (LASP) and the Brazilian Anthropological Association Disability and Accessibility Committee (CODEA-ABA). It is currently co-sponsored by:

  • WashU Latin American Studies Program
  • WashU Center for the Humanities
  • “Realities of Disability in Brazil” Working Group (Wenner-Gren Foundation)
  • WashU Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
  • WashU Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • WashU Department of Anthropology
  • WashU Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity

For more information, consult https://elizawilliamson.com/events/

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