Dis/ability, Autofiction and Moral Imagination
Claudia Schumann (Stockholm University)
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Starting from Alice Crary’s recent writings on disability and moral status, I will explore two books edited and authored by a group of Swedish LGBTQ youth with disabilities. The texts produced blend poetry and prose, fiction, autofiction and documentary portrayals and provide both a place for the sharing of experience as well as for reclaiming and making visible their own identities as sexed and as sexual beings; aspects often disregarded in public perception of persons with disability. The texts also shed light on the philosophical exchange between Peter Singer and Eva Feder Kittay, and how philosophical assumptions on disability are tested in conversation with but also in disturbing opposition to the needs and sensitivities of those who are affected. I argue that the discourses around disability give additional reason to critically revisit the status and understanding of rationality in relation to moral theory as well as the relation between rationality and fiction. In this way they deeply challenge generally held philosophical beliefs and open up questions central rather than peripheral to ethics.
Claudia Schumann currently works as a researcher and teacher at Stockholm University, department of special education. Her work focuses on philosophical questions as they pertain to the field of education. She is particularly interested in the intersections of epistemology and political theory. Recent publications: becoming things, becoming-world. On cosmopolitanism, reification and education (2020), “What is called thinking in education” (2020), “Aversive education” (2019), “On happiness and critique” (2018), “Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Education” (2017).
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