"Willful Queers and Other Wayward Subjects," Sara Ahmed
"Yearning Toward Carrie Buck," Eli Clare
The infamous Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which declared involuntary sterilization laws constitutional in 1927, was built upon the body of Carrie Buck, a poor white woman from Virginia. Using history, poetry, images, and imagination, Eli Clare will explore how disability, class, gender, sexuality, and race collide and ask questions about the relationship between bodies on one hand and law, history, and metaphor on the other.
* Eli Clare is a writer and proudly proclaims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written a book of essays, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (1999, 2009), and a collection of poetry, The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion (2007). His work has also been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first Queerness and Disability Conference. Visit his web site here.