This list is undoubtedly incomplete, but includes some resources which may be helpful to those wanting to understand more about the need for an explicitly queer and trans-inclusive space within Disability Studies. We have focused particularly on: 1) calls for action; 2) groups and collectives that we know are currently active and doing important work; and 3) open access resources which explore the context which we are working within.
Due to our geographical location, there is a bias towards UK resources in the list, but we welcome further suggestions. Please email one of the network administrators if you have suggestions of other resources or want your network to be included on this page.
Calls for action/manifestos
This statement gives context to the continued call to boycott the journal, Disability & Society, including practical ways that this could happen. We would welcome continuing these conversations, particularly in relation to critical citational practices.
Not Going Back to Normal is a collective disabled artists manifesto, created in Scotland in 2020. It includes a gallery of 49 artworks and texts which were created in response to a call for ideas around a radically accessible art world.
This long read by Harry Josephine Giles is a rough assessment of where trans political movements in the UK are at, and ideas about how to move towards trans liberation through local organising.
Written in 2001, Emi Koyama’s transfeminist manifesto outlines key principles of transfeminism, arguing that ‘transfeminism embodies feminist coalition politics in which women from different backgrounds stand up for each other, because if we do not stand for each other, nobody will’.
Groups and Collectives
Criposium was a two day public event held in Summer 2020 which aimed to: 1) challenge hegemonic discourses of normalcy that define disabled bodies and bodies of difference as ‘abnormal’ or ‘transgressive’; 2) explore how ableism intersects with other forms of oppressions such as racism, sexism, trans/homophobia and class inequality; 3) bring disabled academics and activists in conversation about how to build solidarity across multiple marginalised groups. Recordings from the event are available on the Criposium website.
The Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group and Intersectional Disability Reading Group are intended for academics, students, and activists and community members who are interested in reading and discussing intersectional academic texts on neurodiversity and/or disability. Both groups are neurodivergent-led and disabled-led. The website for both reading groups contains information on how you can join the reading groups, links to recordings of past events (including an event they hosted on Feminist Perspectives of Neurodiversity and Neuronormativity [link goes directly to YouTube channel]) and useful guidelines around inclusive facilitation of online events. The reading groups are currently organising a flipped webinar on ‘Intersectional Approaches to Disability and Race’ which will be held in July 2021.
Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Led by disabled people of color, Sins Invalid’s performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body, developing provocative work where paradigms of “normal” and “sexy” are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all bodies and communities.
Open Access Texts
This article by Jen Slater and Kirsty Liddiard outlines why Disability Studies must be trans-inclusive, arguing that transphobia is not compatible with Disability Studies perspectives. The authors call upon Disability Studies scholars to challenge transmisogony and transphobia within (and beyond) the disipline.
[CN: Suicide, within the article, not our blurb] This open access by Ruth Pearce proposes that survival may be considered a research method for social researchers, especially if they are undertaking fieldwork within marginalised communities of which they are a part. The article concludes that marginalised require the active support of research communities and institutional frameworks.
In this talk, Harry Josephine Giles argues that there’s a conflict between, on the one hand, liberal approaches to accessibility that aim to include the disenfranchised in an existing world, and, on the other hand, radical approaches to accessibility that aim to transform the world by centering minoritised groups. A recording of the talk (video with slides, and separate audio file) are available, alongside a transcript.
This essay Ezra Horbury and Christine “Xine” Yao offer an overview of trans studies in the United Kingdom in the current climate of transphobia in both academia and the public sphere. The authors reflect on a trans symposium that they organised, in light of their institution’s past as the origin of eugenics and the broader scope of the legacies of the British empire. The article is published in the journal, Transgender Studies Quarterly, but the link will take you to an open access version from an institutional repository.
This podcast is a conversation between scholars Marquis Bey, Grace Lavery, and Jules Gill-Peterson, who explore the power and influence of trans exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) in the media, academia and beyond. It’s a helpful introduction to understand the insidious nature of transphobia at the present moment, and the importance of solidarity between social movements. The relationships between transphobia and racism are most explicitly addressed in the podcast, but, as we have seen within Disability Studies, ableism also has an established place within transphobic rhetoric.