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Kelly Fritsch

Assistant Professor

Degrees:PhD (York)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2617
Office:A706 Loeb Building

Areas of Interest

Disability studies; crip theory; accessibility; sociology of health, illness, and medicine; feminist science and technology studies; political economy; social and political theory; social movements.


Prior to joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Kelly Fritsch earned her Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought at York University (2015) and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute and Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto (2015-2018). Her research broadly mobilizes crip, queer, and feminist theory to engage disability, health, technology, risk, accessibility, and social justice.

Fritsch’s current research projects include developing the emerging field of crip technoscience by taking up community accessibility and the production, circulation, and politics of enhancement, adaptive, and assistive technologies; a critical examination of how neoliberal economic policies and practices, as well as economies of war, imperialism, and colonialism impact disabled communities and disability politics; collaborative projects engaging with the practices of personalized medicine and their relation to spectral forms of risk and social control; and collaborative projects engaging the governance of disability and concomitant resistance through disability justice practices. She is also working collaboratively on a disability justice focused children’s book.

Select Recent Publications

Edited Volumes

Fritsch, Kelly, Aimi Hamraie, Mara Mills, and David Serlin, eds. 2019. “Crip Technoscience.” Special Issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. 5(1).

Fritsch, Kelly, and Anne McGuire, eds. 2018. “Queer/Crip Contagions.” Special Issue of Feminist Formations 30(1): vii-247.

Simpkins, R., and Kelly Fritsch, eds. 2017. “The Somatechnics of Sexuality in Canada.” Special Issue of Somatechnics 7(2): 171-325.

Fritsch, Kelly, Clare O’Connor, and AK Thompson, eds. 2016. Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle. Chico, CA: AK Press. 576 pp.

Refereed Journal Articles

Hamraie, Aimi and Kelly Fritsch. 2019. “Crip Technoscience Manifesto.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. 5(1).

Fritsch, Kelly. 2018. “The ‘Bio’ Politics of Matter and Mattering for Feminist Engagements with Biosocial, Biocultural, and Posthuman Embodiment.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 33(4): 717-725.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2016. “Blood Functions: Disability, Biosociality and Facts of the Body.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 10(3): 341-356.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2016. “Cripping Neoliberal Futurity: Marking the Elsewhere and Elsewhen of Desiring Otherwise.” Feral Feminisms 5(Spring): 11-26.

Fritsch, Kelly, Robert Heynen, Amy Ross, and Emily van der Meulen. 2016. “Disability and Sex Work: Developing Affinities through Decriminalization.” Disability & Society 31(1): 84-99.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2015. “Desiring Disability Differently: Neoliberalism, Heterotopic Imagination and Intracorporeal Reconfigurations.” Foucault Studies 19: 43–66.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2015. “Gradations of Debility and Capacity: Biocapitalism and the Neoliberalization of Disability Relations.” Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 4(2): 12–48.

Book Chapters

McGuire, Anne and Kelly Fritsch. 2019. “Fashioning the ‘Normal’ Body.” In Power and Everyday Practices edited by Deborah Brock, Aryn Martin, R. Raby, and Mark Thomas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2019. “Ramping Up Canadian Disability Culture.” In The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture, edited by Neil Shyminsky and Victoria Kannen. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2019. “The Trouble with Engineering Inclusion: Disabled Mothering at the limit of Enhancement Technology.” In Motherhood and Social Exclusion, edited by Christie Byvelds and Heather Jackson. Demeter Press.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2019. “Governing Lives Worth Living: The Neoliberal Biopolitics of Disability.” In Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times, edited by Deborah Brock. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2017. “Toxic Pregnancies: Speculative Futures, Disabling Environments, and Neoliberal Biocapital.” In Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory, edited by Sarah Jaquette Ray and Jay Sibara, 359-380. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2017. “Contesting the Neoliberal Affects of Disabled Parenting: Toward a Relational Emergence of Disability.” In Disabling Domesticity, edited by Mike Rembis, 243-268. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Fritsch, Kelly. 2016. “Accessible.” In Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle, edited by Kelly Fritsch, Clare O’Connor, and AK Thompson, 23-28. Chico, CA: AK Press.