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Disability, Embodiment, and Technology

AMST 317
Fall 2018 not offered
Crosslisting: SISP 317
Course Cluster: Disability Studies, Health Studies

In this course, we will explore the relationship between the body and technology through the lens of disability studies scholarship. We will address the following questions: How is the dis/abled body imagined in technological discourse? How have technological advances transformed understandings of the dis/abled body? How have attempts to surpass physical limitations--from issues of accessibility to assistive technologies (such as cochlear implants and prostheses)--transformed definitions of disability? How do bodily norms shape constructions of disability, and how do other categories of difference--including race, gender, and sexuality--work to constitute ideas of able-bodiedness? Finally, how does the treatment of disabled bodies, and their relationship to technological progress, speak to broader anxieties about the nature of human embodiment in the modern world?

To consider these and other questions, we will consult a wide range of texts, focusing primarily on disability studies scholarship but also including perspectives from scholars of law, history, ethnography, queer studies, critical race studies, and science and technology studies.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)

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