CHERCHEZ LA FEMME: FEMINISM AND DISABILITY

1797489_673474146027966_7571180935825227167_nWhat it’s like to identify as a woman with disability and a feminist? Are there particular antagonisms between disability as a political category and feminism as a political project? What is the social model of disability and what can feminists learn from it?

Just some of the areas feminists and disability theorists and activists share space in are: body autonomy, positive difference, reproductive rights, street harassment, sexual assault, sex positivity, sex work and media portrayals of women and disability. There’s a lot to talk about!

And just as with feminism, we’re seeing more and more public conversations about disability but they’re not always positive or helpful. Let’s have a look at them together – where they overlap, intersect and sometimes, flat out contradict one another, causing tension, misunderstandings, and sometimes, harm. Disability is certainly a subject that mainstream feminism needs to get a lot more literate around, so this will hopefully make a contribution.

I’m incredibly excited to welcome a panel of guests who have never appeared on CLF in Melbourne before!

Dr Shakira Hussein – writer, researcher, academic, feminist

Jax Jacki Brown – perfomer, writer, educator, feminist

Jessica Knight – poet, arts writer, artist, feminist

We’re settling into our new home at The Duke, which we chose largely because it’s fully wheelchair accessible. But my goodness, the food is delicious too! Right near Flinders Street Station, opposite the Forum Theatre, with parking available across the road at Fed Square.

Tuesday 6 May 7-9pm
The Duke Level One (upstairs via elevator)
Cnr Russell & Flinders Sts Melbourne
Tickets $15 online & $20 on the door*
Kitchen open all night

Warmest
Karen x