April 24, 6.30 pm

Eva Egermann, «Crip Magazine»

Heike Raab, « Rebellious Bodies? Disability Studies Perspectives»

of «All Divided Selves», 2011, by Luke Fowler



Judith Butler’s conception of the deconstruction of normativity is aimed at destabilizing the socially established physical norms. Rebellious practices are intended to create productive disturbances. It follows that Disability Studies can reflect on «disability» and «illness» as a form of resistance. It is the ensembles of praxelogical physical techniques that the body first has to engender, together with experience, that situates the physical self. Embodiment practices link up here in a multi-layered and multi-dimensional process that coalesces into the experience of disability. The lecture will address the question of how rebellious bodies can be interpreted, how and where these become effective, and which productive effects might be generated in this process.

Heike Raab (Dr. phil., M.A. pol.) studied political science, history and education and is at present a professorial assistant at the University of Innsbruck and teaches at various universities. She researches, teaches and publishes on subjects related to feminist and queer disability studies and was active for a long time in projects involving queer feminism (uibk.ac.at)