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“Rethinking the Politics of Disability Research in the Vietnamese Context: How Can Disability Voices ‘Speak Back’? To Whom? With Whom?” with Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen

November 30, 2017 at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location:A720 Loeb Building
Key Contact:Nahla Abdo
Contact Phone:613-520-2600 x. 3569

As a critical scholar from the global South, Dr. Nguyen is interested in exploring the politics of disability research and activism in engaging girls and women with disabilities. Specifically, she asks: What theories and methods can participants in the global South use to re-shape their experiences in the context of power imbalance between global North and South? Dr. Nguyen reflects on a collaborative and participatory research project that she is leading in Vietnam to provide a space for critically engaging and challenging Northern discourses on disability. Dr. Nguyen argues that activist scholars can challenge power dynamics by reflecting on their privileges, while making space for Southern voices to be heard.

Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University. She is the Principal Investigator of a collaborative research project on transforming disability knowledge, research, and activism (TDKRA), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [2016-2020]. Her research focuses on the transdisciplinary areas of critical disability studies, human rights, inclusive education, and critical childhood studies.

This lecture is part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Colloquium Series and is co-sponsored by The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies.