CUAG and IIS are launching a new series called “Disruptions: Dialogues on Disability Art,” curated by Michael Orsini to explore contemporary art as a force for challenging ableism.

The event takes place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 27 February, in Room 372, Residence Commons Building, located on Campus Avenue at Carleton University. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

In this presentation, Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers dance a quartet with disability and madness. They draw together critical disability and Mad theory, spoken word, dance performance, and film. They weave these forms into critical reflections on representations of disability and madness in the arts, access to the arts, and the generative possibilities of cripping and maddening the arts. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Lindsay and Danielle.

Lindsay Eales is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta who studies disability, madness and dance. She is the Co-Artistic Director of CRIPSiE (the Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society) in Edmonton, which centres dance by and for people experiencing disability as well as their artistic and political allies. She has choreographed and performed integrated dance for 10 years. Her Masters research focused on practices and performances of social justice in integrated dance. Her PhD research is on Madness and performance art. For her research-creation work weaving together critical disability studies, Mad studies and dance, she has been awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC), the Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship, and the Alberta Award for the Study of Human Rights and Multiculturalism.

Danielle Peers is a community organizer, artist and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Danielle uses critical disability and poststructuralist theories to study disability movement cultures: from the Paralympics, to inclusive recreation, to disability arts. Their research builds on their experiences as a Paralympian, filmmaker and dancer with CRIPSiE (Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society) in Edmonton. Danielle is the Director of the Media in Motion Lab, which supports creative methods for producing and sharing knowledges about human bodies in motion.

Michael Orsini is Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is co-editor (with Christine Kelly) of Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada (UBC Press, 2016). He is currently part of a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, which explores how activist art can be mobilized to promote social justice and an appreciation for diverse minds and bodies.

The full description of this event is on the CUAG site, here (

Cripping Aesthetics, Maddening Creation

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