December 2020 – Decolonizing Disability and Death Studies

In December 2020, #RadDeathReads worked to ask: how does disability and disability studies help us think radically about death? This #RadDeathReads was curated by Dr. Jillian Tullis.

In 2016, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor and founder of the Disability Studies Initiative, wrote in the New York Times that 56 million (or 1 in 5) people in the United States are living with a disability. Garland-Thomson also noted that “most of us will move in and out of disability in our lifetimes, whether we do so through illness, an injury or merely the process of aging.” Despite these overwhelming statistics, ableism marks many aspects of our social and political lives and institutions, including the end of life and death studies.

WEEK 1 (Dec. 5 & 6): 
Disability & Police Brutality w/ Leroy F. Moore, Jr.

WEEK 2 (Dec. 12 & 13): 
The Language of Ableism

WEEK 3 (Dec. 19 & 20): 
Can There Be A Disability Studies Theory of “End of Life Autonomy”? with Dr. Harold Braswell

WEEK 4 (Dec. 26 & 27): 
“Nothing About Us, Without Us”: Bioethics, Disability Justice, & COVID-19


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