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2/29/2020: “Parasitic Publics” by Kyle R. Larson and George F. (Guy) McHendry, Jr.

Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “Parasitic Publics” by Kyle R. Larson and George F. (Guy) McHendry, Jr. published in the 49:5 issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

About the authors

Kyle R. Larson is a PhD candidate at Miami University (OH) whose research and pedagogy focus on counter-public and social movement rhetorics. Kyle is a co-founder of the field-(re)shaping #nextGEN international graduate student email listserv.

George F. (Guy) McHendry, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies department. His PhD is from the University of Utah (MA from Colorado State University, BA from Ripon College).

Guy studies rhetoric and cultural studies within the discipline of communication. His research currently focuses on public performances of security in airports and the relationship between the public and the Transportation Security Administration. Guy is especially interested in how security and resistance is performed in airports and how those performances can dominate our ways of experiencing airports. When not in the classroom or working on an essay Guy can be found playing with his dogs, playing hockey, or trying out something new in the kitchen. For more information about Guy and his vitae, please visit his website at georgefmchendry.com.

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2/25/2020: “Agitation” by Mel Y. Chen

Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “Agitation” by Mel Y. Chen published in The South Atlantic Quarterly.

From the article:

“What is virtuosity? Improvisation? What of gesture, agitated gesture, that lies between these two things? How to locate and value disruption, especially when that disruption is a violation of a racial-gendered script of embodiment and movement? Where does mildness go? How to replenish the rich sphere of gestures of life, of thriving, amid the violences that contain it?” (563)

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2/20/2020: #DisabledBlackHistory

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2/18/2020: “Reconfiguring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman” by Janell Hobson

Today’s feature is “Of ‘Sound’ and ‘Unsound’ Body and Mind: Reconfiguring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman” by Janell Hobson in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.

From the article‘s conclusion:

“That Tubman further describes her slave experience and discusses at length her disability in this monologue does much to complicate her iconicity in popular culture and to expand on this historical discourse for black feminist disability studies.” (208)

About the author:

Janell Hobson is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she currently serves as Department Chair. She is the author of Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2005, 2nd ed. 2018) and Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender (SUNY Press, 2012). She also writes and blogs for Ms. Magazine and authored several cover stories for the magazine, including “Beyoncé’s Fierce Feminism” (Spring 2013). She also writes and engages in scholarship on representations of historical figure, Harriet Tubman. Hobson is working on two projects, under contract with Routledge: a third book, When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination, and an edited collection, The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories: Across the Diaspora, from Ancient Times to the Present.