Sick Theories: A Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Sickness & Sexuality
Sick Theories is a two-day trans-disciplinary colloquium organized by Margeaux Feldman (University of Toronto) and Lauren Fournier (York University) through the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto in November 2018.
Thursday, November 8 — Friday, November 9, 2018
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George St
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Keynote address: Johanna Hedva
In Sick Theories, we take up this word “sick” and the ways in which it is different from and/or similar to “ill” or “disabled.” As a word, illness operates to make the realities of sickness more palatable for the neoliberal, capitalist world that depends upon the oppression of the sick body and labels it as unproductive. Sickness demarcates the messiness, ugliness, and inexplicable nature of disease, bringing us back to the original meaning of disease as dis-ease. What does it mean to be sick, as opposed to being ill? What directions might critical disability studies, mad studies, sexual diversity studies, and queer theory take us as we reconsider what it means to be sick? With Sick Theories, we bring together scholars, writers, artists, activists, and educators to untangle the relationships between sickness and sexuality. In this transdisciplinary meeting of folks from varied backgrounds, we emphasize the importance of having people who identify as sick, mad, disabled (and related identifiers) be the ones leading these conversations.
— The event space is fully accessible, including wheelchair accessible and gender neutral bathrooms.
— There will be an ASL interpreter present.
— No scents in the space please.
A full program, with panels, workshops, and other information, will be posted in September.
Please direct any questions to the conference organizers, Margeaux Feldman and Lauren Fournier, at [email protected]