a lunch talk with Perry Zurn, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University

Historically, disabled body-minds have been discursively constructed as the objects of curiosity, itself located in an able-bodied gaze. In this talk, I take disabled people to be the subjects—not objects—of curiosity and ask: What methods and modalities of inquiry are discernable in disabled people’s own practice of curiosity? I argue that the reinstatement of disabled people as subjects of curiosity must involve not simply reclaiming curiosity by and for the disabled community but re-envisioning curiosity within a disability critique. This talk is part of the School of Cognitive Science Lunch Talk series and co-sponsored by Ethics & the Common Good, Queer Studies and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education.

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