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April 18, 2021

Living Online Through the Pandemic: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life

EFC members Carla Rice, Eliza Chandler, Rana El Kadi, Margaret Lam, and Chelsea Jones will be co-presenting papers on a panel entitled "Living Online Through the Pandemic: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life" at the Society for Disability Studies conference.

This panel takes up intersectional experiences of access through technology, discussing disability community members’ struggles and emerging activist possibilities identified by some for the COVID-19 era and beyond. Across four presentations, we report on emerging virtual research, technologies, and digital platforms that have brought us together online.

We explore ways that technologies are being mobilized by disability communities towards creative, emancipatory ends, while critically considering the limitations of these uses and locating them within structures of systemic, intersectional oppression. These papers root their understandings of access in disability studies concepts of ‘critical access’ (Hamraie, 2017), ‘crip technoscience’ (Hamraie & Fritsch, 2018), and ‘techno-ableism’ (Shew, 2018), and present our new concept of ‘TechnoAccess.’

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