The Women's Studies Program will host the latest event of its Brown Bag Lunch Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in room 144 of McGannon Hall. Amber Knight, Ph.D., will present "Democratizing Disability: Feminist Insights on the Politics of Deliberative Inclusion."
Everyone is welcome and attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Refreshments will be provided.
About the talk:
This analysis offers a critical intervention into contemporary debates about deliberative democracy. Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, people with mental and physical disabilities continue to live at the margins of American democracy and capitalist society. This persistent exclusion poses a conundrum to political theorists committed to multiculturalism and deliberative inclusion. Drawing from the writings of feminist theorist Nancy Fraser, the article examines the necessary conditions for meaningful inclusion to be realized. Specifically, it employs Fraser's concept of "participatory parity" as a proxy for inclusion in order to strategize how to overcome informal barriers that persist even after disabled people are granted the legal right to participate.